Kick Over the Statues! Are the Icons of Photography Still Relevant?

Scott, Grant ORCID: 0000-0003-2882-1380 (2017) Kick Over the Statues! Are the Icons of Photography Still Relevant? Witness.

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When talking to students about photography I often use the metaphor of music to question their level of engagement with the subject they are studying. I ask whether they would consider it reasonable to be studying music and never to have heard of Bach, Beethoven, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Nirvana, David Bowie, The Sex Pistols, The Clash, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Kanye West, Beck, Beyoncé, etc., etc. Of course, that list could go on forever and the students are always keen to add names of people I have not mentioned but the answer is always the same, a resounding no! I follow this question by asking how many photographers work and names they know and can talk to me about. The response to this question is always more muted and often little more than an embarrassed silence. My point has been made and an awkward realisation falls upon the room. They have not discovered the benefit of having heroes.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
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Subjects: T Technology > TR Photography
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Creative Arts
Research Priority Areas: Culture, Continuity, and Transformation
Creative Practice and Theory
Depositing User: Grant Scott
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2017 10:31
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 09:22

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