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Macdonald I.
International Journal of Art and Design Education
Why Throw the Negs Out with the Bathwater? A Study of Students' Attitudes to Digital and Film Photographic Media
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Analogue Digital Orthodoxy Pedagogy Photography
As today's digital applications hold our gaze and become increasingly ubiquitous, it is easy to dismiss the previous technologies and processes that provided yesterday's creative opportunities. Photography has been revolutionised by digital capture and transmission the past decade. It could be argued that there is a digital orthodoxy education, which has democratized and engaged increasing numbers of students, and has had a particular influence A Level Photography. Over the past decade many traditional darkrooms have been replaced by computer suites. My concern is that if secondary schools and colleges with the facilities to teach film are forced to convert to a singular digital mode, we may be throwing the negs out with the bathwater. This study uses qualitative and quantitative research that I have undertaken at a Further Education college England. It explores students' attitudes to learning Photography with an artistic curiosity, which includes experiential learners, and those that eschew the digital age who are content with the organic variety of analogue learning that film offers. They make their own case for maintaining the opportunity to learn through hybrid activity that embraces both media, for a multiplicity of learning opportunities and media that are not limited by any orthodoxy, digital or otherwise. © 2012 The Author. iJADE © 2012 NSEAD/Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
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