What is the course about?
The photographic image has a long history of being altered, and digital technologies have greatly expanded the scope for manipulation. This course will explore a wide range of photographic construction practices, from studio images that are planned and assembled, to darkroom manipulations and combined negatives, and retouchers’ use of airbrushing, scalpel, glue, Photoshop, cut and paste, and mixed media.
Over the 4 week course you'll get to grips with all these physical and digital construction techniques to produce your own images, with access to and expert guidance on studio photography, Photoshop, scanning and collage. As well as the practical element the course will explore the historical, contemporary and critical context of photographic manipulation, together with discussions on yours and others' work in development.
What will we cover?
- Constructed images in 19th Century photography
- Studio portraits and cut outs
- Seamless and disrupted constructed images
- Combining digital and printed image
- A critical voice - juxtapositions, montage and text
- Using text and image.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- have an understanding of the history of montage and constructed image practice
- identify key practitioners of montage and constructed images, including historical and contemporary developments
- manipulate, combine and montage images
- produce a piece of work that demonstrates techniques explored through the course.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an intermediate course, you should have completed a beginner's course in photography or equivalent, and be confident in using a computer.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and be prepared to take part in group discussion. You should be happy using numbers and able to do simple measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught using a range of techniques including workshops, short lectures, demonstrations, practical exercises, tutorials, group and individual assistance and hand-outs. Please note we will be working on Apple Mac computers.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Bring any printed material you wish to scan or cut up with you to the first class. We will make images and print them during the course.
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. 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 www.cassart.co.uk. *Terms and conditions apply, visit www.cassart.co.uk/students.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit offers a whole range of photography courses, as well as diverse courses in the creative use of digital skills. Browse the full list on the website or in the prospectus to get inspired.