The programme, in partnership with the cultural association of amateur photographers named Foto-Review, aims to achieve cognitive objectives through direct visitor involvement using portable devices, such as smartphones and tablets. Programme activities will be carried out in the National Roman Museum, the national archaeological museum in Rome. Instead of designing specific digital applications to support the visit at the museum, the programme will ask visitors to employ their own devices in order to explore in depth the ancient statue collections through photographic practice and guided observations. The programme exploits the habit of sharing life experiences through images to create informal educational opportunities in the museum. What is forbidden in many museums, in particular taking pictures, will become the way to strengthen visitors’ observation, analysis, and interpretation skills. In order to catch visitors’ varying interests, a selection of works of art will be communicated from multiple perspectives and points of view. A team of photographers will guide visitors so they can get some shots that stress the most interesting characteristics of the museum’s artefacts. Visitors will be also invited to upload and share on social networks the shots taken during the museum workshops. Parallel activities, carried out in the museum following the same mediation strategies, will be addressed to amateur photographers equipped with DSLR cameras. They will have the opportunity to participate in a workshop dedicated to the photography of works of art, as well as learning in depth the most important aspects of the sculpture collections in the museum.
Campetella, P. (2014). Yes picture please!. In C.A. E. Nardi (a cura di), Best practice 3: a tool to improve museum education internationally (pp. 239-248). Roma : Edizioni Nuova Cultura [10.4458/3895].