Scholarship vs. Production?

If you are a professor or student (or a father of a student) of Media, it is likely that you will find tremendous value and relevancy in this infographic. Guess what? Photography is part of this important and quite relevant conversation in a multi-dimensional way.


In my career, I have been at the center of this discussion. Here is a classical academic dilemma…  Should professors join a group of researchers and advance a clear defined research agenda (and make students secondary sometimes irrelevant) and ignore production or should professors make students priority and produce media artifacts as scholarship/research in order to help them to find jobs? I admit: I have a bias towards treating students with respect and helping them getting jobs!


How is this discussion related to photography? The impact that photography has in society far exceeds what the general public may perceive it to be. As a matter of fact, well taken photographs aren’t just a necessity for advertising, modeling, commercials, documentaries or the media. Well taken photographs are part of life as we understand and an integral element of reality in the contemporary global spectrum of year 2016.  Photography work is also at the core of a very important discussion of education reform in higher education. Should we conduct traditional scholarship or engage in production?