International Journal of Art & Design Education

Photography and the Politics of Engagement

Volume 15.1   1996



In this piece I want to consider what I feel is a weakness inherent in the development of photography in education - and principally in art and design education in the era of the National Curriculum. I seek the reasons for this potential problem and the cul-de-sac to which photography in education could be heading. I go on to suggest how a sense of historical questioning may help generate a reflexive practice in photography in education. I then consider the implications of new technology on the delivery of photography in education projects before drawing together my proposals for an engaged practice.