The Interactive Photograph

Dr. Silke Lange,
Mr Andy Golding
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This presentation will take the form of a conversation between two speakers. A live visual demonstration will be integrated, modelling photography’s role in creative skills acquisition. Both components will create interaction with the audience and generate discussion and debate on the conference theme ‘Arts of Engagement’ using photography as a case study.

The content of this innovative presentation derives from two sources, one utilising a cross-disciplinary approach and the other a holistic approach. Firstly, an Institution-Focused Study currently being conducted by Silke Lange as part of doctoral research in an inner-city further education college. The focus of this research is an investigation into what types of creative skills adult students are learning on an Open College Network course, and how they might apply these skills later in life.

The second will be an exploration by Andy Golding of the process and outcomes of those studying photography as mature students in part time mode. This will be based on the experience of the long established BA Photography course at the University of Westminster.

During the presentation both speakers will draw on photographic images produced by students, in particular work that supports Andy’s and Silke’s philosophy that photography should be an active medium which opens up a world of experience beyond mere technological knowledge. They will demonstrate the potential for photography to enable people to grow, understand themselves and others and develop new ways of seeing through understanding connections with culture and society.

Keywords: Photography, Creative Skills, Adult Education
Stream: Arts Education
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Interactive Photograph, The

Dr. Silke Lange

Senior Lecturer, Department of Photography and Digital Media
School of Media, Arts and Design, University of Westminster


Silke Lange is a practicing photographic artist, concerned primarily with the abstraction of objects and constructed imagery to reflect issues of the human condition. Her work has been exhibited and published nationally and internationally. Silke’s academic research and artistic practice are linked by her investigation into the role of art in education and society. Research projects include Gallery 37 in Birmingham, the Big Issue Foundation, the Foyer Federation, and the St. Giles Trust in London. Since October 2003 Silke has been involved in doctoral research at the Institute of Education/ University of London entitled ‘The Potential of Photographic Learning: exploring the recognition of creative skills in community adult education. Silke is a Senior lecturer in Photographic Practice at the University of Westminster, and has taught photography at various other educational institutions in the UK.

Mr Andy Golding

Head of Department of Photography and Digital Media, School of Media, Arts and Design, University of Westminster

Andy Golding is the Head of the Department of Photographic and Digital Media in the School of Media, Arts and Design at the University of Westminster (where, from 1991 - 1997, he was the Principal Lecturer in Photography and Multimedia). He graduated with a first class honours degree in Film & Photographic Arts from the Polytechnic of Central London in 1981. He is a member of the Royal Photographic Society Distinctions Advisory Board. He has exhibited photographic and multimedia works internationally, notably, 'The Blues' (in collaboration with Mitra Tabrizian) and 'The Impossible Science of Being' with Clare Birdsey, for the Photographers' Gallery in London and the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland.

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