Professor Jonathan Shaw

Jonathan Shaw is an award-winning photographer and educator based in the UK. His work has published alongside photographic pioneers such as Eadweard Muybridge and Harold Edgerton and can be seen as part of a long tradition of experimentation whereby the camera becomes both an instrument of scientific record and a tool for aesthetic exploration. Jonathan makes use of science, technology and engineering, frequently designing, building and customising camera equipment to more fully explore representations of space, time and movement. He has been described as being part of an early generation of artists responsible for the emergence of a new school of photography which blurs the boundaries between the still and moving image.

As Associate Head of Media (Innovation, Profile and Research) at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Coventry University, Jonathan led the team which pioneered free and open photography educational resources at Coventry University; the classes picbod.org and phonar.org have been accessed by thousands of people worldwide; the apps developed have been called groundbreaking; the Photographic Mediations collection he curates on iTunesU has just surpassed its millionth listen.

Jonathan is an Adobe Education Leader, a Fellow of Royal Photographic Society (RPS) and a Fellow of the RSA.

  • Shaw, J. (2014) NEWFOTOSCAPES. UK: Library of Birmingham. [Multi-platform book].
  • Shaw, J. (2013) 'Reflections on time, motion and photomechanics'. Early Popular Visual Culture 11 (1), 52-70.
  • Casey, J., and Shaw, J. (2013) Open Networks for Culture and Education (ONCE). HEA Open Educational Resources case study.
  • Casey, J., Greller, W., Hides, S., Shaw, J., and Turner, N. (2013) Reimagining the Art College: Open Art Education in the 21st century. EU Open Education Vision Paper.
  • Shaw, J., and Vanvolsem, M. (2012) 'Picturing Dialogues: Exploring Aesthetics, Pace and Rhythm'. In Images in Motion. Ed. by Hoelzl, I., and Tietjen, F. Brussels: Luca School of Arts Brussels. Cahiers van de Fotografie, no. 3, 12-53.
  • Shaw, J. (2009) Crash. New Art Gallery Walsall.
  • Shaw, J. (2008) The Big Picture - The Panoramic Photograph, from the 1840s to the Twenty-first century [Group exhibition]. Held 2008 at the Pavillon Populaire, Montpelier, France.
  • Shaw, J. (2006) (re)collect. Held Jan-Feb 2006 at the Leeds Met Gallery, UK.
  • Shaw, J. (2006) (re)collect. UK: Pavilion.
  • Shaw, J. (2004) Frenchgate Centre [Group exhibition]. 'D-Frost. A Festival of Ice, Fire and Light'. Held 2004 at the West Mall, Doncaster.
  • Shaw, J. (2003) Time|Motion. Dewi Lewis Publishing.
  • Shaw, J. (2003) Time|Motion Photographs [Group exhibition]. Held 2003 at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, UK.
  • Phonar (Photography and Narrative): An open photography class pushing the boundaries of transmedia storytelling. The class has been accessed globally by thousands of people.
  • Photographic Mediations Collection: Explores the boundaries of photographic theory and practice, art and commerce, critique and creativity’. It has received over 1million listens.
  • ONCE (Open Networks for Culture and Education): HEA funded UAL and Coventry collaboration, investigating how engagement with Open Educational Resources may be used as a business tool.
  • Creative Enterprise Learning Objects – A suite of textual, interactive and linear audio visual resources: EEUK funded project producing a series of case studies featuring different approaches to Art, Design and Media enterprise/enterprise education.
  • Photomediations Machine: International Advisory Board member of the curated online space where mediation as performed in photography and media can be encountered/experienced/engaged.
  • Multimedia and Narrative panel (Royal Photographic Society): Invited member to ‘Multimedia and Narrative’ working group established to address and explore the changing face of 21st Century Photography.
Coventry University No.1 Modern University No.1 Modern University in the Midlands
Coventry University awarded TEF GOLD Teaching Excellence Framework
University of the year shortlisted
QS Five Star Rating 2020
Coventry City of Culture 2021