Photography has never been a more dominant and embedded part of contemporary culture than it is now. The Internet, digital technology and social media have amplified our ability to connect and build communities, and sharing and communication of images has facilitated an exponential growth in picture capture and digital distribution.
NEWFOTOSCAPES seeks to navigate the evolving topography surrounding the image in the twenty-first century; offering a focused eye on the contemporary creative author-curator and image-maker and on the possibilities afforded by an increasingly complex professional landscape. Jonathan Shaw advocates a new way of thinking about photographic production and education in a post-digital era.
NEWFOTOSCAPES is a collection of curated texts arising from a series of in-depth conversations with key stakeholders in, and influential commentators on, photography; including Andy Adams (Flakphoto), David Campbell, Charlotte Cotton, Dónall Curtin, Nathaniel Pitt, Mishka Henner, Francis Hodgson, Dewi Lewis, Stephen Mayes and Katrina Sluis. Perspectives and views cover a wide range of topics such as; agencies, appropriation, archives, community, curation, governance, licensing, mobile, networked-image, open education, photobooks, power and value.
Jonathan is Co-Director of the Disruptive Media Learning Lab and Associate Head of Media Department (Innovation, Profile & Research) at Coventry University. As a photographer, his work has been published alongside photographic pioneers such as Muybridge and Edgerton. He has been described as being part of an early generation of artists responsible for the emergence of a new school of photography which blurs the boundaries between the still and moving image.
Jonathan led the team which pioneered free and open photography educational resources at Coventry University; co-founding the classes picbod.org & phonar.org now accessed by thousands of people worldwide; the apps he developed have been called groundbreaking; the Photographic Mediations collection he curated on iTunesU had in excess of a million listens. As an Adobe Education Leader, Jonathan forms part of their worldwide community championing creativity in education. He was awarded a Direct Fellowship of Royal Photographic Society (RPS) for his achievements in the field of photography, and a Fellowship of the RSA, in recognition for his work in Photography education practices.