What is the course about?
A series of six one-off talks given by photographers, curators, collectors and academics about their career path, their work and the world of photography. Students will be given some reading material by or about each speaker and each talk will be followed by a discussion.
This year’s speakers include: Emma Bowkett, Director of Photography at the FT weekend magazine; Dr Deborah Padfield, Research Associate at the Slade, working with imagery and the communication of pain; and Christian Sinibaldi regular free-lancer for The Guardian.
What previous students liked most about this course: .
“Small size enabling in depth discussion and varied nature of speakers.”
“Shirley’s ‘Talks about photography’ area wonderful opportunity to find out about work and situations in the world of photography from distinguished speakers in a ‘seminar’ situation so that questions etc. are welcome.”
“Photographers speaking about their life, giving the whole picture. Showing early work and how they got to where they are.”
“The variety – I have attended these talks series for several occasions and will sign up again if in town.”
“Excellent and diverse list of speakers. Good discussions with them as the class had some experienced members.”
What will we cover?
- The photographic world in London and its role in deciding what photographs are published, displayed and sold.
- The policies and practices of a range of institutions which manage photography
- The daily working lives of a range of photographic practitioners.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Have an increased awareness of the photographic world in London and its role in deciding what photographs are published, displayed and sold.
- Have an increased awareness of the policies and practices of a range of institutions which manage photography
- Have an increased awareness of the daily working lives of a range of photographic practitioners.
What previous students have achieved on this course: .
“A wide understanding of those employed in photography.” FB
“A wide understanding of the field and practice of photography. Several ideas of how I may progress my photography ambitions.” SG
“A general awareness of the central role of photography in cultural life.” CS
“Wider knowledge of the world of photography – knowledge and info etc about individual speakers.” KW
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
It is open to anyone interested in photography – knowledge of the institutions of photography (newspapers, galleries, auction houses, museum and other collections) will be helpful but by no means essential.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Through talks given by visiting specialists, visual display and discussion. There will probably be some reading set for outside the class and you may be interested in visiting the galleries, museums, universities and auction houses referred to by the speakers.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No, although a notebook will be useful.
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 www.cassart.co.uk. *Terms and conditions apply, visit www.cassart.co.uk/students.
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