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Teaching Photography

Tools for the Imaging Educator

By Glenn Rand, Richard D. Zakia

  1. ISBN: 9780240807676
  2. Publication Date: March 2006
  3. Format: Paperback
  4. Pages: 376
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Finally, a book for you teachers! Because making great photographs does not always translate into an ability to teach effectively. Teaching Photography will show you how to help your students expand their knowledge and abilities in the techniques, the aesthetics, and the way photography fits into a greater world of knowledge, by providing ideas for inspiring conversations and critiques, as well as insightful pointers regarding the learner's perspective in this new world. Teaching Photography approaches photographic education from a point of view that stresses the how and why of the education and not the technique to be taught.

Author Bio

Dr. Glenn Rand received his Bachelor and Master of Arts from Purdue University with a Doctorate from the University of Cincinnati. He did further research as a Visiting Scholar at the University of Michigan. Photographs by Dr. Rand are in the collections of over twenty museums in the United States, Europe and Japan where his work has also been extensively exhibited. He has published and lectured about photography internationally. Publications include many articles, several books for industry and "Black and White Photography 2e," with co-author David Litschel. His consultant clients have included the Eastman Kodak Company, Ford Motor Company, Photo Marketing Association International, the Ministry of Education of Finland as well as many other businesses and several colleges. Presently, he teaches in the graduate program at Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California. Glenn Rand has taught and administrated at colleges and universities for 36 years.
Richard Zakia is a 1956 graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Some of his classmates at the time were Carl Chiarenza, Peter Bunnell, Bruce Davidson, Ken Josephson, Pete Turner and Jerry Uelsmann. Minor White was a member of the faculty and Beaumont Newhall was Adjunct. It was a great and enriching mix. After graduation he was employed as a photographic engineer in the Color Technology Division of Eastman Kodak. During the Sputnik era he decided teaching was his vocation and accepted a position with RIT where he served for 34 years. For a time he was Director of Instructional Research and Development and Chair of the Fine Art Photography Department and graduate program in Imaging Arts. He is a recipient of the Eisenhart Outstanding Teaching Award. Zakia has authored and co-authored thirteen books on photography and perception. He is also the co-editor with Dr. Leslie Stroebel of the third edition (1993) of The Focal Encyclopedia of Photography and a contributor to the fourth edition (2007). His most recent book is Teaching Photography with Dr. Glen Rand.


"The book by Rand and Zakia is a must for teachers or those who are contemplating becoming a teacher. It's primary audience are those who teach in the visual arts, but it has a wealth of information and ideas which any teacher could use. I would also recommend this book for individuals who teach photo seminars or workshops. The art of teaching is quickly dying and this is a refreshing breath that will hopfully inspire teachers and those who want to teach to do more than show up for their job, but take their role as teacher seriously and guide their students in the learning process." - D.Davis on


Forward/by Mary Virginia Swanson


Chapter 1 / "Hey Teach.” Two histories of changing direction and mindset.
From Richard D. Zakia
From Glenn Rand

Chapter 2 / Learning, Knowing, Owning
Starting Learning.
Learning Objectives.
Assisting Learning.
Expectations of passing through learning levels.
Learning is change.
Who is responsible for learning?
Learning photography.

Chapter 3 Asking Questions / Turning inquiry into knowledge
Who is asking what?
A method to ask questions.
Answering Questions.
How to answer.
Who answers?
Learning from Question.
The answering imperative.

Chapter 4 / Technique Education . Tools
Teaching to a moving target.
Technology and Technique.
A philosophy of tools in photography.
Learning the tools.
Presentation technique.
Note Taking.
Preparing for demonstrations.
Correcting technique.
Knowing and perfecting technique.

Chapter 5 / Creativity Education
Aesthetics, Perception and Meaning .
Communicating a Unique Voice.
Technique versus Creativity.
Breathing in Photography.
Different or Creative.
Using Art.
Learning Creativity from Nonlinearity.
Watch out they're stopping creativity.
Creative Success.

Chapter 6 / Understanding the nature of problems, solutions and assignments.
Structure of Problems…
Types of Problems…
Creative Solutions.
Types of Solution Strategies.
Types of Solutions.
Evolution / Revolution.
Innovation / Invention.
Tools for Solving Problems.
Visual and Verbal Problem Solving.
Model approach for building an assignment.

Chapter 7 / Critique. Advancing learning with words
Using existing effort to expand learning.
Celebration of students efforts.
Evaluation points.
Going Negative.
Jumping off points.
Preparing the critique.
Setting the parameters.
Critique for Newer Learners.
Critiquing Without Words.

Chapter 8 Measuring Education . Tests, Grades and Evaluations
For the learner.
The Test.
Functions of tests.
What Tests Can and Cannot Tell Us.
What to Test.
Constructing test questions.
Nontraditional testing.
Success and failure.
Assigning Final Grades.
You gotta give grades.

Chapter 9 Evaluating Education.
Measuring variations.
Types of evaluation.
Student evaluations.
Administrative Teacher Evaluations.
Professional Development Plans.
Designing instruments for evaluation.
Evaluation of the Program.
Program reviews.
An Assessment Rubric.

Chapter 10 / The Environment.
Students as people.
Improvisation vs. rigidity.
Caveats about teaching methods.
An Equality of Rights.
Perception and Proxemics.
Limits of educational spaces.
Sonic Territory.
Complexity and Time.
The Psycho-Social Limits.
Social Limits.
Psychological Limits.
Class Size.
Considerations for today's education.
Going from solo to team.
The First Class.
Expanding the Learning Environment .

Chapter 11 / Planning and Changing.
The Philosophy of Why.
Change Happens.
Planning for Change.
The Sciences of Natural Philosophy.
Categories of Planning.
Planning Steps.
Resource Inventory.
Putting the implementation puzzle together.
Planning and implementation models.
Curricular Design.
Changing Curriculum to the Digital Age.

Chapter 12 / Support Activities.
Professional development.
Being a teacher-mentor.
Working with Industry.
Using textbooks.
Using technology to help learners.

Chapter 13 / The profession. So you want to teach.
The first teaching position.
Finding a position.
Vita and Resume.
Positive Language.
Promotion, Tenure and Retention .
Publish or Perish.
Being professional.
Service to the Academy.
Service to the community.

Chapter 14 / Teachers on Teaching
Roy R. Behrens
Corinne Rose
John Fergus-Jean
Misun Hong
Sean Perry
Mariah Doren
George DeWolfe
David Page
Elaine O'Neil
Martin Springborg
Inga Belousa and Alnis Stakle
Ralph Masullo
Peter Glendinning
M. K. Foltz
Elizabeth Fergus-Jean

Authors' Biographies


Index of Quotes

Subject Index