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#phonar (an abbreviation for Photography & Narrative) is a free and open photography class offered by Coventry University. It was founded by Jonathan Worth and Jonathan Shaw in 2009. [Accessed 03 March 2014]

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The Photograph as Contemporary Art

Charlotte Cotton’s book provides an introduction to contemporary art photography, identifying its most important features and themes and celebrating its exciting pluralism through an overview of its most important and innovative practitioners

Cotton, C. (2014). The Photograph as Contemporary Art.
Thames & Hudson, London. [Available online]
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In Conversation David Joselit

“David Joselit recently visited the studio of Greg Lindquist, artist and Art Books in Review co-editor, to discuss Joselit’s new book After Art (Princeton, 2012) and ideas about the circulation of images and art within a global network.”

Lindquist, Greg. 2013. In Conversation David Joselit with Greg Lindquist. Interview. Brooklyn Rail. [online] Available From
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After Art

“Art as we know it is dramatically changing, but popular and critical responses lag behind. In this trenchant illustrated essay, David Joselit describes how art and architecture are being transformed in the age of Google.”

Joselit. D. 2012. After Art. New Jersey, Princeton University Press. 2014. After Art. David Joselit. [ online] Available From
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The One and the Many: Contemporary Collaborative art in a Global Context

“As artists increasingly produce work on international sites in conjunction with local populations, art historians seek to model these new practices and assess their conceptual and political implications.”

Cole, Lori. 2011. The One and the Many: Contemporary Collaborative art in a Global Context by Grant Kester. Hemispheric Institute E-Misferica. [online] Available From
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Dr Julian Stallabrass: Selected Essays

Online Archive of Essays from The Courtauld Institute of Art:

The Courtauld Institute of Art. 2013. Dr Julian Stallabrass. Selected Essays. [online] Available From
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The Artist As Marxist

“I think a lot of critics who are well worth reading combine their interest in art with something else. I did my BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics so I had that as a background. I got very interested in Marxist political theory when I did that.”

Interview With Richard Marshall:
Marshall, Richard. 2004.The Artist As Marxist. 3am Interview. 3:am Magazine. [online] Available From
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How we Think – A Digital Companion

“When the University of Chicago Press published my print book, How We Think: Digital Media and Contemporary Technogenesis in spring 2012, I had in hand certain digital assets that I had developed for the analyses of some of the chapters, yet whose scope far exceeded what could be included in the print book.”

Hayles, N. Katherine. 2013. How we Think – A Digital Compaion. 2013. [online] Available From
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How we became Postmodern: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature, and Informatics

“You are alone in the room, except for two computer terminals flickering in the dim light. You use the terminals to communicate with two entities in another room, whom you cannot see.

“Online paper by N. Katherin Hayles:
Hayles, Katherin.1999. How we became Postmodern. [online pdf] Available From
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Bending the Frame. Photojournalism, Documentary, and the Citizen

“The older paradigm for photojournalists was to simply record events, with the hope—and frequently the expectation—that people and their governments would be moved to respond to the injustices pictured, as witnessed by the impact of certain images”

Aperture. 2013. Shop, Books, Bending the Frame. [online] Available From
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After Photography What is next?

“Given the emergence of the digital, few appear to be exploring whether more effective and expansive media strategies can now emerge. This site is a forum on possibility, launched in conjunction with the publication of Fred Ritchin’s book After Photography in December of 2008.”

On-line Blog set up to explore after photography subject:
After Photography. 2013. After Photography What is next? [online] Available From
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Fred Ritchin on the Future of Photojournalism

“Fred Ritchin says that we are obsessed with ourselves and images of the unreal. That we are escaping from very real photos of destruction into visions of idyllic fantasies, and that this escapism is being branded by governments and corporations for their own ends. We are being sold products and social scenarios that appeal to our fantasies but ultimately fail us.”

Short Bio and Interview with Fred Ritchin on digital photography: Brook, Pete. 09 February 2011. Fred Ritchin Redefines Digital Photography. Raw File  Available From
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Is Photography Over?

“SFMOMA has been collecting and exhibiting photographs since the museum’s founding in 1935 and is dedicated to the examination of the medium in all its forms. A major symposium on the current state of the field, held at SFMOMA in April 2010.”

Videos & Transcrips From the SFMOMA Is Photography over Confrence 2010
SFMOMA. 2013. Is Photography Over? Overview. [online] Available From [Accessed 30 October 2013]

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Nine Years – A Million Conceptual Miles

“Contemporary art photographers are opening up new ways of thinking about the medium. Are institutions ready for this wave of photographic innovation?”

Online Essay by Charlotte Cotton Featured in Spring 2013 issue of Aperture Magazine:
Aperture. 2013. Nine Years – A Million Conceptual Miles – By Charlotte Cotton. [online] Available From
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The Photobook Review: Editors Note

“My aims for this issue of The PhotoBook Review: to be pluralistic in its approach to the photobook and not merely to propose a checklist for a collectible canon of this essential form of photography.”

Aperture. 2013. The Photobook Review Editors Note. [online] Available From
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Interview with Charlotte Cotton: PhotoBook Review

In this short video, curator and author Charlotte Cotton discusses the value of photobooks and the principles that guided her as she guest-edited Issue 004 of The PhotoBook Review.

Aperture. 2013. Interview with Charlotte Cotton (Video). [online] Available From
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What’s Next

“For photography, maybe it’s about how photographers no longer have to self-censor or edit themselves because of analogue limitations, such as the number of frames on a roll of film or the cost of a sheet of film. The endlessness of digital capture is actually loosening photography up, and allowing it to be lots of different things, rather than simply a culmination or condensation of something.”

Schuman, Aaron & Cotton, Charlotte. 2011. What’s Next Aaron Schuman & Charlotte Cotton in Conversation. SeeSaw Magazine [online] Available From
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“Either/And has been devised as a framework within which to debate and share perspectives, using issues and questions posed by the National Media Museum and its partners as the catalyst for discussion and exchange relating to media. A series of commissioned essays, interviews, images and films will be published on the site to serve as the catalyst for online public discussion.”

Either/And. 03 September 2012. Either/And: An Introduction [online] Available From
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Index of the texts featured on the Either/And project website
Either/And. 2012. Index [online] Available From
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Words Without Pictures

Words Without Pictures was conceived of by curator Charlotte Cotton and artist Alex Klein to create spaces for thoughtful discourse around current issues in photography.” 

Aperture. 2013. Shop, Books, Words Without Pictures. [online] Available From
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Educational PDF: [Accessed Apri 2014]

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