Canterbury, revisited: Reflections on a collaborative photography course for sighted and visually impaired participants

Simon Hayhoe, Partho Bhowmick, Noemi Pena Sanchez, Karl Bentley

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This chapter discusses the design, development, and implementation of a photography course that encouraged visually impaired and sighted students to work collaboratively. The teaching and collaborative tasks on the course were designed to encourage soft skills through the development of photographic skills, an understanding of students’ experience of objects and environments, and to test the use of mainstream inclusive technologies in educational and real-life settings. The course was designed using the principles of inclusive technical capital and inclusive capital, and it was hypothesized that all participants would find working collaboratively with ubiquitous, mainstream photographic technologies accessible. During the evaluation, it was found that collaboration stretched the students’ learning, motivated future creative work and that smartphone and tablet computers had useable introductory photographic technologies, but experienced students with visual impairments and with sight preferred specialized cameras.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Companion to Photography, Representation and Social Justice
EditorsMoritz Neumüller
Place of PublicationNew York
ISBN (Print)9781032112947
Publication statusPublished - 30 Dec 2022


  • photography
  • blindness
  • visual impairment
  • mobile technology
  • andragogy
  • inclusion
  • collaboration
  • inclusive capital
  • technical capital

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • Philosophy
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Education


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