Photography workshop: constructing photographic montages

Course Dates: 07/12/19 - 14/12/19
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: PS - Photography Studio

Ever wanted to play around with the photos you take? Learn the secrets of constructing images through both physical and digital wizardry; discover the fascinating history of this art and pick up skills ranging from constructing images out of found items, to combining negatives and scans in Photoshop to produce your own manipulated masterpieces.


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 *Terms and conditions apply, visit

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.

Tutor Biographies
Michael Harding Tutor Website

Michael Harding was born in Canada, where he studied cinema and photography at Concordia University, Montréal, before moving to the UK. Since then, he has created striking images of architecture, art, people and landscapes for international blue-chip clients for their use in editorial, advertising and corporate applications. Michael’s work has won many industry awards, notably being selected in the Eleventh Association of Photographers Awards and further receiving a Merit Award in the Seventeenth Association of Photographers Awards. His work was selected for a Highly Commended Award in the Deutsche Bauzeitung “Visions in Architecture” European Architectural Photography prize. His work has been exhibited in both the United Kingdom and Canada. Michael has been Chairman, as well as President, of the Association of Photographers (AOP). The AOP is Europe’s most established organisation for professional photographers, working to ensure greater recognition for all professional photographers, as well as working to positively influence legislators in the UK and Europe for the benefit of all photographers.

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: VY958

Sat, day, 07 Dec - 14 Dec '19

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

Full fee: £129.00
Senior fee: £129.00
Concession: £129.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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