Jonathan Shaw


Photography has never been a more dominant and embedded part of contemporary culture than it is now. The Internet, digital technology and social media have amplified our ability to connect and build communities, and sharing and communication of images has facilitated an exponential growth in picture capture and digital distribution.

NEWFOTOSCAPES is a collection of curated texts arising from a series of in-depth conversations with key stakeholders in, and influential commentators on, photography. Perspectives and views cover a wide range of topics such as agencies, appropriation, archives, community, curation, governance, licensing, mobile, networked image, open education, photobooks, power and value.

NEWFOTOSCAPES seeks to navigate the evolving topography surrounding the image in the twenty-first century; offering a focused eye on the contemporary creative author-curator and image-maker and on the possibilities afforded by an increasingly complex professional landscape. Its editor, Jonathan Shaw, advocates a new way of thinking about photographic production and education in a post-digital era.


The interviewees include: Andy Adams, David Campbell, Charlotte Cotton, Donall Curtin, Mishka Henner, Francis Hodgson, Dewi Lewis, Stephen Mayes, Nathaniel Pitt and Katrina Sluis.

In the spirit of today’s mobile and connected world NEWFOTOSCAPES is simultaneously available on the web under a Creative Commons license and versioned in online, eBook and print formats. Click on the image below to access the online open access version of the book.


The NEWFOTOSCAPES project has been realised with the support of a GRAIN research partnership in collaboration with Coventry University and Jonathan Shaw.

Jonathan Shaw is Co-Director of the Disruptive Media Learning Lab and Associate Head of Media Department (Innovation, Profile & Research) at Coventry University. Blurring the boundaries between the still and moving image, his photographic work has been published alongside pioneers such as Muybridge and Edgerton. At Coventry University Shaw led the team which pioneered free and open photography educational resources, co-founding the classes & now accessed by thousands of people worldwide. The apps he developed have been called ground-breaking; the Photographic Mediations collection he curated on iTunesU had in excess of a million listens. As an Adobe Education Leader, he forms part of their worldwide community championing creativity in education. He was awarded a Direct Fellowship of Royal Photographic Society (RPS) for his achievements in the field of photography, and a Fellowship of the RSA, in recognition for his work in photography education.


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