Teaching Photography exists as a resource for teachers of studio photography and related subjects ― photo history, criticism, and theory; media studies; visual culture; etc. ― on the post-secondary level. Beginning in 2011, it is published and edited by critic, historian, curator, and educator A. D. Coleman, as part of a consortium of websites committed to serving the needs of the photo-education community.
The other components of this consortium include:
- the New Eyes Project, a comparable resource for those who teach photography at the K-12 levels;
- the Photography Criticism CyberArchive, a subscription-based repository of historic and recent/current texts on photography; and
- Photocritic International, Coleman’s widely read and controversial blog on photography and new digital technologies.
All four sites are edited by Coleman and published online under the supervision of webmaster John R. Alley.
Teaching Photography welcomes proposals for relevant articles, including previously unpublished essays, texts that have appeared in print but are not available online, and excerpts from existing and forthcoming books. Contributors are responsible for securing any necessary permissions for publication at this site of their article’s texts and images. Copyright of all material published here remains with its creators. Teaching Photography asks only for exclusive online rights and non-exclusive rights to include the site’s materials in digital anthologies of the site’s materials.
Under the name TeachingPhoto.com, this site was founded in 2004 by Henry Horenstein (Rhode Island School of Design), author of such standard teaching texts as Black & White Photography, Beyond Basic Photography, Color Photography, and (with coauthor Russell Hart) Photography. Most of the site’s original content 2004-09 has migrated to this new iteration. We left behind a few product reviews that had become too outdated to be useful. And we transferred several pieces about teaching photography on the high-school level to our companion site, the New Eyes Project, where they join other material relevant to photo education K-12.
We thank Henry Horenstein for initiating this project, and for inviting us to assume the role of publisher/editor thereof. We intend to stay true to the goals Henry outlined in the site’s debut issue:
“TeachingPhoto.com [is] an online newsletter for photography and imaging educators. While other publications address photographic education by catering to the students in college programs, TeachingPhoto.com specifically focusses on instructors at all levels and locations …
“We seek to connect individual teachers with a broader community of educators nationwide. Each issue presents features about school programs, instructors and their stories, and downloadable assignments for a diverse range of classes. In addition, TeachingPhoto.com provides valuable resources and information — including guidance on digital and photographic technique, professional advice from experts in the field, and news on products and materials — to help instructors in the classroom and beyond.”