Photography and Narrative
Senior Lecturer of Photography
Many of the assignments are similarly whimsical, but despite their seeming playfulness, they are a fundamental attempt to re-address the way we see photographs. A common theme among the contributions is the idea that before you can get creative, you need to be destructive, which suggests established approaches have gotten tired. – Colin Pantall
Phonar, an abbreviation of PHOtography and NARrative, is an open undergraduate photography course, run out of the Coventry University Photography department. It is a core component of the degree program, but the lectures, workshops and tasks are available online for anyone to attend, access and complete.
#phonar2016 was based on participant response to The Photographer’s Playbook; 307 Assignments and Ideas, edited by Gregory Halpern and Jason Fulford (2014). This resource was used to construct tasks that facilitated an investigation into photography and narrative, and also into the development of a broad spectrum of photographers’ narratives. The module was also formed around intensive workshops that addressed stages of photographic narrative structure: finding, making and sharing.
The images here were made by students in the 2016 iteration of the module. See more at phonar.media