現代美術學報 9
Journal of Taipei Fine Arts Museum 9


The Research of Photography in Taiwan Higher Education after the Post-Photography Movement




In digital photography because the amount of image manipulation and representation are essentially equal, the images elicit a sense of shock when viewed by people from various professions, perspectives, educational backgrounds, or simply in daily life. The image appears simply as if has been translated technologically, but in fact, it symbolizes a significant shift among the relationship between man and machine. For many years, photography gave people an easy way to produce images without having to be formally educated in camera operations. Will this continue in the post-photography age? I have observed American photography education for a long time, and have noticed in recent College Art Association university employment listings, that universities are searching for photography teachers who are equally or increasingly familiar with digital software - a so-called digital photography teacher, instead of a "pure" film-based photography teacher. The changes in American photography education echo what is happening in Taiwan's educational system, but Taiwan has not yet developed a long-term strategic plan to transition from traditional photography education to one that is solely digitally based. This article previously analyzed Taiwanese digital photography education from three aspects: administration preparedness and commitment, student responses, and the teachers' level of understanding about digital technology and image aesthetics. Their teen results were reported. After analyzing the results, I strongly believe that photography education in the near future should place digital art as a target in the entire program.