Photography event: exploring the V&A archive

Course Dates: 29/04/20 - 13/05/20
Time: 14:30 - 16:30
Location: OS - Off Site

Explore the rich history of photography through the Victoria & Albert Museum archives. Come and enjoy sharing your passion for early photographic processes and materials with like-minded people.


What is the course about?

You will be introduced to photographic history through an exploration of various artefacts on display in the Photographs Gallery of the Victoria & Albert and held in its photographic archive. The latter chronicles the history of photography from 1839 to the present day. Learn about the rich variety of chemical processes from capture to print that mark the invention of photography as well as contemporary practices. You will explore the Photographs Gallery displays, which celebrate the diversity of visual languages in the form of series and sequences by highly accomplished photographers.

What will we cover?

- The visual diversity of creative languages on display at the Photographs Gallery of the V&A
- Key photographic processes held in the V&A photography archive
- Key figures of photography’s history: inventors and artists
- Photography as a combination of science and art
- The material dimensions of the photographic image and its diversity.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Analyse and identify the visual diversity of creative languages on display at the V&A
- Identify key photographic processes held in the V&A archive
- Identify key figures of photography’s history among inventors and artists
- Analyse and discuss the relationship of photographic art to science
- Identify and appreciate the material dimensions of various photographic processes.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is suitable for students of all levels with an interest in the history of photography and creative approaches to photography.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, hand-outs, and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught through museum visits, handouts, presentations, and group discussions.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please note that you will be asked to undertake several gallery visits at the Victoria & Albert Museum and will need to pay for your own travel costs. Please bring a small notebook and pen, and anything useful to a gallery visit.

If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at *Terms and conditions apply, visit

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details

Tutor Biographies
Armelle Skatulski

I am a fine art photographer and lecturer who has worked for leading arts institutions such as the Whitechapel Gallery (London), the Gallery of Photography (Dublin), the National College of Art & Design of Ireland, and more recently as a visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art. I am committed to the Lifelong Learning sector through my work with organizations such as CityLit as well as through outreach projects. I am a graduate of the School of Media, Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland) and the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths College (London). I am presently a PhD candidate at the Royal College of Art for which I was granted a TECHNE doctoral scholarship by the Arts & Humanities Research Council.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: VY946

Wed, day, 29 Apr - 13 May '20

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

Full fee: £79.00
Senior fee: £63.00
Concession: £48.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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