This week I sat with professors in RISD’s Photography Department to chat about one of my favorite topics — visual literacy — a bug I picked up long ago from Donis Dondis’ landmark book on the subject, and am proud to see it practiced and reinvented so bravely by our professors and students in Photography. As the home of the late legendary photography giants Professors Aaron Siskind and Harry Callahan, our rich traditions in image-making via the very first major disruptive technology shift in the visual arts — remember, the camera was to painters as the iPhone is to everything now — has especially relevant intellectual foundations for today’s digitally-confused visual artists. As Professor Eva Sutton, a recent co-host of one of our Shared Voices Presidential Speaker Series, put it so aptly: “There isn’t anything that isn’t a camera anymore.” Indeed. -JM

This week I sat with professors in RISD’s Photography Department to chat about one of my favorite topics — visual literacy — a bug I picked up long ago from Donis Dondis’ landmark book on the subject, and am proud to see it practiced and reinvented so bravely by our professors and students in Photography. As the home of the late legendary photography giants Professors Aaron Siskind and Harry Callahan, our rich traditions in image-making via the very first major disruptive technology shift in the visual arts — remember, the camera was to painters as the iPhone is to everything now — has especially relevant intellectual foundations for today’s digitally-confused visual artists. As Professor Eva Sutton, a recent co-host of one of our Shared Voices Presidential Speaker Series, put it so aptly: “There isn’t anything that isn’t a camera anymore.” Indeed. -JM

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