Jonathan Shaw: NEWFOTOSCAPES

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Photography has never been a more dominant and embedded part of contemporary culture than it is now.  Some of the leading commentators from the world of photography have shared their thoughts in an exciting new publication, which seeks to navigate the evolving topography surrounding the image in the twenty-first century.

GRAIN and the Library of Birmingham have supported Jonathan Shaw, a photographer and Co-Director of the Disruptive Media Learning Lab at Coventry University, to produce Newfotoscapes, an innovative publication that looks to the future of photography.

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Newfotoscapes is made up of a collection of texts arising from a series of in-depth conversations with key stakeholders and commentators from the world of photography. Contributors include Andy Adams (producer and publisher), David Campbell (writer, researcher and lecturer), Charlotte Cotton (curator and writer), Donall Curtin (collector), Nathaniel Pitt (gallerist), Mishka Henner (photographer), Francis Hodgson (photography critic for the Financial Times), Dewi Lewis (photobook publisher), Stephen Mayes (creative director) and Katrina Sluis (curator and writer).

Newfotoscapes offers a focused eye for the contemporary creative image-maker and author-curator on the possibilities afforded by an increasingly complex professional landscape.  The book explores a wide range of topics such as agencies, appropriation, archives, community, curation, governance, licensing, mobile, networked-image, open education, photobooks, power and value.

“Newfotoscapes is a timely and exciting collection of in-depth conversations with key theorists, practitioners and curators about photography’s kinship with other media. Jonathan Shaw is a brilliant interviewer: both knowledgeable and passionate about the subject, he engages his stellar cast in a poly-vocal dialogue about the changing landscape of photography and the ensuing creative developments in art, commerce, education, publishing and everyday practice. Without falling prey to an unqualified techno-optimism, the collection constitutes a joyful narrative about photography and its complex powers. The book itself is an experiment in alternative publishing, with online and epub versions being available for free as part of the gift economy. This is a must read for anyone interested in understanding the pleasures, opportunities, as well as difficulties and responsibilities, that come with this unprecedented expansion of the medium – at a time when almost all of us are photographers today.”

– Joanna Zylinska, Professor of New Media and Communications at Goldsmiths and curator of Photomediations Machine

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Newfotoscapes can be purchased via the website of the project. newfotoscapes.org

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