Photography is schools is in flux. Technology never stands still and affordable digital SLRs and ultra-accessible camera phones have changed photography as a ‘subject’ dramatically. Now, everyone is a photographer, often prolifically producing and sharing their work with large audiences. In most schools the dark room has been converted into a storage space. So, if everyone has a camera and everyone can take shots and share images, why should we teach photography?
Photography is important. Just ask the Digital Photography School. Their six points hit the mark for me.
Our photographs tell us what is important to us
Our photographs are our legacy
Photographs allow us to share and to communicate
Photography makes us artists
Photography is a complex language
Photography has the power to move us
Read their post with elaborations on each point and you’ll agree, teaching photography is important. And, no matter how many self-ies our students snap, there will always be more for them to learn. Speaking of learning, these TED Ed clips and talks are some of my favourites…
A History of Photography: From camera obscura to camera phone
What cameras can see that our eyes can’t.
How Photography Connects Us – David Griffin in an inspirational TED Talk
Want to see more about photography? Check out our iPad photography gallery here.