Oil industry in Scotland: Making photographs, making demands
Oil industry in Scotland: Making photographs, making demands

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Oil industry in Scotland: Making photographs, making demands

Oil industry in Scotland: making photographs, making demands


Photographs can solicit powerful emotional responses and are often used to draw people's attention to issues or to raise awareness of demands. This course takes a look at how one set of photographs, used as part of a particular demand, was created. It looks at the process of producing images by exploring a series of photographs made with the intention of affecting the way a globalised industry is seen and understood. The industry in question is the oil industry based in Aberdeen, on Scotland's north-east coast, an industry with global ramifications. The course reproduces several pictures researched and made by Owen Logan in collaboration with the history project Lives in the Oil Industry, based at the University of Aberdeen.

Following this series of photographs, you will listen to audio that explores stories about people who have worked in the oil industry, or whose lives have been affected by it.

This OpenLearn course is an adapted extract from the Open University course DD205 Living in a globalised world [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .


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