People still often have a misunderstanding about photography — that it’s a technique, a practical skill and needs to be taught in that way. There is a lot of pressure for photography departments in universities to almost guarantee their students — you will have employable skills at the end of this, you will get a job, you will have expertise in the field.
I think it should be treated more like a literature or philosophy degree. Of people who study philosophy — one of them might become a philosopher, the others go off and do other things, but nobody questions a philosophy department and asks — how are you giving your students employability skills? It’s just respected as a field of study. It means that there are a lot of people in the world who are intelligent, engaged, informed and interested in that subject. That’s how I see it.
Aaron Schuman: What It Means To Be A Photographer —FK Magazine
Shared on Jun 10, 2014