We are going top gear with UC Irvine

On Wednesday 17th February 2016 at 20:30GMT (12:30 PST) Liz and her students at UC Irvine will be doing an awesome #phonar session. Please join Kate introducing the task, and hop onto Twitter to tweet your notes on David’s fabulous lecture.

You can find me here at 20:30GMT: https://plus.google.com/events/c79s5d8d91k7508i5m6evp7mg3c?hl=en

Don’t forget to include #phonar and @davidc7 in your tweets!

— Kate


Photography for your Ears in the final Phonar.

It’s the last week, I’m gonna’ say that again, it’s the last week and Oh My Goodness we [as a group] are still struggling with the whole share and share alike business. Which is not a great situation heading into a third year ‘exit-strategy’ (formally known as a group degree show).

Cue the learning-ninja that is Laura Ritchie and her “have truck full-o-cello’s will travel” mentality. In case you’re coming to this late, Laura is the concert cellist for whom the composer Jill Jarman composed the piece for cello: “Resonance”, and the visualisation of which was one of the themes for this year’s phonar. Anyway, she blows up and hooks in her man in Honolulu Duane Padilla by skype to tell him we’re going to do his demo ( see the video below ), right now, from scratch with no prior musical experience – as one team.

  “we’re going to have to learn to work, learn, fail and share together , fast if we’re going to do this…”



Cue Laura….. :




Kate Green BY-NC-SA

But this isn’t the whole story ….

Final #Phonar 2014

We hope you’re looking forward to the final Phonar session of 2014 – one of our themes has been Photography For Your Ears and we have a special session planned so we can go out with a … well we’ll see 🙂



Damian Drohan on Pictures for your Ears




This is a production week for the Phonar class so there’s no formal onsite meeting but don’t panic – we’ve worked a little #phonar magic with someone who’s been along for the whole phonar journey, variously as a participant, contributor and now himself a PhonarNation instructor and remixer – lets give it up for Irish Photographer DAMIAN DROHAN … [raucous applause and much cheering].

In conversation with WIRED writer Pete Brook aka Prison Photography.


This was the week back in 2010 where we caught up with the writer and #phonar collaborator Pete Brook .  He shared what he learned when he took his blog “Prison Photography” on the road and  introduces us to Michelle Vignes, the French photographer who was the very first staff member of Magnum.


Prison Photography

Cruel and Unusual exhibition:
Why we made a newspaper and not a traditional exhibition catalogue:
My reflections on my first experience curating and why Noorderlicht has all the right ingredients for a world class gallery:
And why, when Noorderlicht was threatened with cuts from the Dutch government, it was a hard fought battle:

Michelle Vignes

Good gallery of selected works:
Vignes’ photographs of the Summer Of Love:
Gallery and words by Michelle about covering the Indian Occupation of Alcatraz:
An American Vision / French photographer Michelle Vignes shoots from the inside
‘Bay Area Blues’ book:
“Magnum Salad”
Late into her life, Vignes collaborated with social activist artists. In 2011, with RIGO23:
A tribute to Michelle by friend Melanie Light:
Vignes realizes there is still great documentary work being done, but is unsure about where it is all going. “They seem to work on the web,” said Vignes. “To me it is just like spitting in the wind.”
University of California Berkeley Bancroft Library adds photo archives of Michelle Vignes:

Session 8 Alternative #BTF task – Reflection

Session 8 Alternative #BTF task – Reflection

This is the fourth and final of our alternative tasks which have be set by Professor and Author of Bending The Frame, Fred Ritchin. If you missed Fred’s talks then you’ll want to go back to the lectures from the start of the class – they’re well worth it. This iteration of Phonar has been re-written to draw on Fred’s Bending the Frame so if you do these tasks then please use both of the #phonar and #BTF hashtags.



Source an image of the Coventry blitz. Ask yourself “how would this have been presented in today’s social and multi media environment? In what ways would it difffer? Is it better or worse?”.

Blog a 250 word reflective account.


#Phonar session 8 Ian Macdonald by Jamie Macdonald

This week’s Guest Feature builds both on the way we’ve been experiencing the classes so far and on the subject matter. We’ve considered storytelling in various guises , telling our stories and those of other people but this week there are two subjects and two practices but only one film.

The movie is about the Photographer Ian Macdonald but the movie is made by his son, the photographer/curator and now film-maker Jamie Macdonald. So its kind of a pat your head and rub your tummy at the same time exercise – please tweet your thoughts, comments and questions on the movie, which is at the same time the work of both Ian and Jamie – the story of a story-teller.

Tag your tweets #Phonar (Jamie is @jamemac , Francis Hodgeson is @HodgsonF) and do a Phonar search on Twitter to tune into the conversation.

Shooting Time Loop-1 from Jamie Macdonald on Vimeo.


More links than you can shake a stick at:

Ian’s site > www.ianmacdonald.co.uk
Ian’s Dealer > http://www.sotherans.co.uk

Jamie’s site > www.jamiemacdonald.co.uk
Jamie’s Course > http://ccad.ac.uk/ba-hons-photography/


Catching up with Fred Ritchin from ICP in New York

He’s here ! Can you believe it? Here, live, in the room, Fred Ritchin’s in the house, with us, now, in person, by Skype, virtually … from New York. Yesterday.


Alan Levine and I reared this one for 12 months before setting it free. You’re going to have to bring all of your Remix skilz to the table as well as your big brain contextual understanding – you’re going to need to read Cory’s books and find out what the hell is grinding his gears.

A portrait of Cory Doctorow painted by Paul Wright from a photograph by Jonathan Worth. 


This week we’ve heard all about how Photojournalist Marcus Bleasdale’s collaborates in order to re-imagine his work and reach new audiences via new and unexplored channels, well that’s where we’re headed with this task. After you’ve read Cory and read about Cory you’ll use someone else’s images (mine) to hack,remix and transform into something awesome and for this Alan has rustled up a little space all of its own with some house rules and further instruction.

Don’t let me down. Lets go to work.

#Phonar session 7

There were a lot of stage nerves this week as we got ready to meet one of our photo-heros and hear about his work being re-imagined as comic books and video games – session VII is all about MARCUS BLEASDALE winner of the 2014 Photojournalism Media Awards for “Descent into Hell: Bloodshed in the Central African Republic

Usual drill – listen along, tweet your notes and comments using the #phonar hashtag, and storify your own global set of notes afterwards which should be augmented with links, photos and other materials pertinent to your area of interest..

Right, lets go to work.

Task from Marcus:

Tips for the aspiring photographer/storyteller/photojournalist.

– Don’t go to news events, find your own story. Cover the unreported and stick with it.

– Think about your style and how you want to represent your work.

– Don’t rush to join an agency, take your time, reflect, work out what is best for you.

– Forge real and sustainable partnerships which synergize with your vision of what you want to create and say about the world and continue to work with them.

– Work out how you represent emotion and relationships and . . . → Read More: #Phonar session 7


Phonar - [fo-'när] is a free and open undergraduate photography class run by Jonathan Worth

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