Interview with Lesley Punton

Interview with Lesley Punton,
Head of BA (Hons) Fine Art Photography (Acting)
Department of Fine Art Photography
The Glasgow School of Art

Text by: Funky He
撰文: 何伊寧


The Photography Programme at The Glasgow School of Art has an international reputation for excellence. Established in 1982, it was the first programme of its kind in Europe to award a BA (Hons) Degree in Fine Art Photography and has produced successive generations of successful graduates, many of whom are now leaders in their field.



ART.ZIP: What makes you most proud of this programme and what is unique about it?

LP: It is the students that make me most proud of this programme. I suppose that this is always the case but it is the students who make the programme. Our students are really committed and they are come from very diverse backgrounds. The Glasgow School of Art is actually quite a small institution, hence the relationship you build up with the students is very different to the one you may build up in a large university, so is the ability to have a friendship with students. We work with them quite intensively over a four year period and actually you know them pretty well. You see quite well the journey they’ve gone on.

ART.ZIP: 關於格拉斯哥藝術學院攝影本科課程,最讓你值得驕傲的地方在哪裡? 這個課程有哪些獨特之處呢?

LP: 我以我的學生為榮,我認為是他們成就了這個課程。我們的學生來自各種不同的背景且十分專注於他們的學習。在我的理解看來,格拉斯哥藝術學院是一個非常小的學院,因此我們和學生建立的關係是完全不同於其他大學的,或許正是這樣我們才和他們建立了良好的友誼。在本科學習的這四年裡,我們與學生之間一直保持十分緊密的溝通,并且對他們十分了解,我們是看著他們一路成長起來的。


ART.ZIP: What criteria are you looking for in students who want to apply for this course?

LP: In terms of what makes entrance, for me as an artist, is the fact that this is a fine art course. It’s not a fashion course or an editorial one; it is purely a fine art photography course. That is one thing what we often have difficulty with. When we are recruiting people often don’t understand that straight away and obviously if students predominately apply for a fashion course, we have to reject them. But it is also really important to let students know that is what we do before they come here. It is not the other forms of photography are less in anyway, it just they are different.

All the staff who teach in the department are artists. They are all artists who have some connection with photography; some have very a clear specialism like Professor Thomas Joshua Cooper, who is quite well known in terms of his landscape and seaside photography. But the other staff have practices perhaps that originate in photography but actually diversify into other areas. And actually, it is what we see in our students as well quite often. We have got staff who work with film, installation, sculpture, and some photography. Personally, I predominantly work with drawing and texts but I do work photographically as well.

ART.ZIP: 對申請這門課程的學生有什麽標準?

LP: 作為一名藝術家,我認為學生必須了解我們開設的是一門純粹的藝術攝影課程,而並非時尚或報道攝影。在招生過程中我們總會遇到這樣的問題,很多申請人并不了解這一點,所以我們不得不拒絕那些本來打算來這裡學習時裝攝影的申請者。我認為很重要的一點就是申請來這個課程的學生一定要清楚地意識到我們這個課程的屬性,並不是說其他形式的攝影不重要,我們只是認為不同形式攝影之間是不同的。

該專業所有任教的老師都是藝術家。他們的創作都同攝影有著一定的聯繫,有些教員在攝影領域頗有建樹,比如說擅長景觀和海濱攝影的托馬斯·喬舒亞·庫珀教授(Thomas Joshua Cooper),但也有些老師的實踐最初來自攝影,但後來延伸到了其他領域中去;他們中有人做電影、裝置、雕塑,一些則是攝影。從我個人來說,我的實踐主要涉及繪畫和文字,但同樣運用攝影作為媒介。

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