We investigate contexts of documentary, editorial and fashion photography with particular focus on the production, distribution and consumption of images through the medium of independent magazines, photobooks and online platforms. Lecturers and seminars will equip you with a solid grounding in historical and sociological themes, and you will research issues of gender, race, diversity, ethics, politics and media influence in our image-driven culture.
You will explore the work of a diverse range of photographic practitioners as well as furthering your technical knowledge, using a range of media (digital, film, video, 35mm, medium and large format) to develop your work, investigating how to edit and sequence your photographs for different outputs. The studio will also cover aspects of professional development such as self-employment, assisting, marketing and portfolio production.
Fashion photographer Robi Rodriguez will talk about his experience in publishing and Ameena Roje (documentary photographer and writer at BJP) will offer an insight into current industry developments. Field research through visits to galleries, industry professionals, photography studios, commercial printers and photobook fairs (Polycopies and OffPrint at Paris Photo in November, as well as a talk with the editor of The Guardian in February). A partnership with Shutter Hub will support student practice as well as providing work experience opportunities; further internship opportunities will be available through companies such as Espero Studio and Creative Locations.
The studio will enhance your experience by offering the possibility of taking part in OffPrint at Tate Modern in May 2018, where students will present individual or group publications in the form of self-published books and magazines.
Photo credit: Emilia Joye, Untitled (2018). Cass graduate 2018
Studio Art 01: Negotiating Form
Andrea Medjesi-Jones and Pete Fillingham
This studio is about painting and sculpture. The painter Ad Reinhardt once famously quipped that “sculpture is something you bump into when you back up to look at a painting”. Those were the days when medium-specificity counted. These days, another art medium isn’t really a nuisance like this anymore. So what is painting, now exactly? And what is sculpture now, too? We shall question new tendencies in painting and sculpture and discover and research what we mean by these categories.
Studio Art 02: Archive Fever
Patrick Ward and Galia Kollectiv
This studio explores the archive – the means by which historical knowledge and forms of remembrance are accumulated, stored and recovered – through the ways that it has been explored, subverted and deconstructed by artists from the early 20th century to the present.
Studio Art 03: Unstable Assembly
Rosemarie McGoldrick and Jonathan Whitehall
Unstable Assembly is a studio that looks at art and the world around us – how art fits in among the important stuff that increasingly impacts on the way we live – the environment, other animals, science and the great outdoors. If you are interested in learning how to push your art practice into the open, into wide public space, this is the studio for you.
Studio Photo 04: The Encountered Sign
James Russell Cant and Ania Dabrowska
Increasingly, progressive commercial photography agents work with photographers and artists whose practice is at home in the gallery as it is in the applied sector. This studio aims directly at that growing elision, too – building on the ideas of affect and the encountered sign.
Studio Photo 05: Post-Truth. Narrating the (Un)Real
Paola Leonardi and Heather McDonough
Presenting the photographer’s role as both artist, storyteller and witness of our times, this studio explores the construction of photographic narratives that reflect changes in and challenges to our society. In this studio, photography can be a tool to protest stereotypes, a method of testimony to events, a practice to construct fantasies or a way to engage with media trends.