Given the shifting shape of photography in computerized societies, we are initiating events to discuss the new emergent roles of the photographic image in them. In this symposium, titled Virtual Photography, we have invited computer industry and educational specialists to present, exchange and discuss the different advances of computational and virtual images. The symposium aims to explore the implications of these changes for industry, education and individual creative producers, artists and photographers. Hosted at the University of Westminster, the first institution in the world to offer educational course on photography (early 1850s), this will be the first of several landmark events to consider the future of the photographic image and the implications for everyone involved.


9:30 Registration

9:45 Introduction: Prof. David Bate and Dr. Paula Gortázar

10: 00 – 11:30 Virtual Industries

How are still photographs integrated in virtual and augmented reality environments? What new roles do still images serve in extended reality environments?

Anders Printz, Photography Manager at Ikea, Sweden

Brandon Harper, AR Designer, HoloLens at Microsoft, California, USA

Robert Overweg, Innovation Catalyst and Virtual Photographer, Founder Adaptable Mindset Method, Amsterdam

Panel Discussion and Q&A, chaired by Paula Gortázar

11:30 – 12:00 Tea Break

12:00 – 13:30 The Future of Image Education?

What computational skills should photography students be taught and how might they be used in the context of an BA photographic arts course?

Richard Kolker, Lecturer in Photography and CGI Designer, Portsmouth University

Prof. Sophie Triantaphillidou, Lecturer in Computational Vision, University of Westminster

Dr. Christopher Fry, Lecturer in Contemporary Media Practice, University of Westminster

Panel Discussion and Q&A, chaired by David Bate

13:30 – 14:30 LUNCH BREAK

14:30 – 16:00 Virtual and Computational Arts

How are photographers integrating computational art in their practice? What are the critical issues and debates related to photography in computational arts?

Prof. Sebastian Schemieg, Artist, Designer and Lecturer at HTW Dresden, Germany

Dr. Ionna Zouli, Editor at Unthinking Photography, The Photographers’ Gallery, London, UK

Dominic Hawgood, Cross-disciplinary Artist, London, UK

Panel Discussion and Q&A, chaired by David Bate and Paula Gortázar

16:00 – 16:45 Plenary Session

17:00 – 18:00 Social Drinks

Conference conveners:

David Bate, Professor of Photography, University of Westminster, London, UK
Dr Paula Gortázar, Lecturer in Photography, University of Westminster, London, UK


General Admission: £7.50. Students: £5.00 – includes lunch, tea and social drinks

Venue: University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London, W1B 2HW (Oxford Circus tube)

Contact: Dr. Paula Gortázar