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News Bites: Photography Professor Lends Expertise to Panel Discussions at SPE Conferences

Posted October 21, 2014 in FacultyNews BitesPhotography

Photography professor Leah Gose places a special emphasis on teaching her students the importance of a strong professional practice. She’s also someone who believes in practicing what she preaches.

Gose recently participated in a panel discussion entitled “Constructing Photography” that was conducted at two separate conferences organized by the Society of Photographic Education (SPE) – one in Murfreesboro, TN, and one in Salt Lake City, UT.

Along with two fellow photographers and educators, O. Gustavo Plascencia and Morgan Ford Willingham, Gose explored what it means to be a photographic “maker” versus a photographic “taker.” The conversation included different perspectives on constructing photography through conventional methods such as silver gelatin prints and archival digital prints, as well as alternative processes and unconventional methods such as mixed media, book arts, image transfers, and installation.

Each of the panelists looked to broaden how a photograph is perceived and interpreted, expanding on how a photograph is "supposed" to look and consider what is truthful and necessary to create the intended dialog with the audience through their work.

For more information on the Society of Photographic Education, visit spenational.org.