How and why can you produce a translation of reality (or an idea) into a photograph and what is the thinking behind it?
This photography studio raises questions about the representational and non-representational in photographic media, inviting students to explore issues, ideas, senses, stories, rumours, myths, facts, fictions, dreams or other concerns that matter to them and relate to the theme, through approaches that test the possibilities and limits of photographic media today: from analogue traditions through digital, post digital to any combination of cross media practices or actions.
Over the two studio days each week, the programme will use a range of methodologies that will include:
- Practice, research, lectures and seminars (research and contextualisation)
- Professional practice talks
- Exhibition production workshops (including a studio group art project)
- A symposium (Fathom the Four Corners Gallery Residency Artists Day)
- Online marketing and networking sessions
- Exhibition visits (including Four Corners Gallery in Bethnal Green, the Print Room at the V&A Museum, Burden of Proof: The Construction of Visual Evidence exhibition at the Photographers’ Gallery, Dusseldorf Photography: Bernd & Hill Becher and Beyond exhibition at Ben Brown Fine Arts Gallery) where students will meet curators and gallerists and discuss the work being shown
- Documentary viewing sessions (key documentaries related to the studio theme)
- Show and tell sessions (how to read a photograph, how to talk about a photograph, how to write about a photograph)
- Read and discuss sessions (group discussions of key texts from our critical reading list)
- Individual tutorials with photography section lecturers
- Talks by visiting artists and industry professionals and group crits
The studio is co-ordinated by Mick Williamson and Ania Dabrowska with additional sessions by Sue Andrews and Spencer Rowell together with visiting speakers from the arts and photography industries.
Suggested reading list
All books available through the library:
- Bates, David (2009) Photography; The Key Concepts
- Cotton, Charlotte (2004) The Photograph as Contemporary Art (Thames & Hudson 2004)
- Bright, Susan (2005) Art Photography Now (Thames & Hudson 2005)
- Wells, Liz (2000) (ed) Photography: A Critical Introduction (3rd Edition) (Routledge, London 2004)
- Jeffery, Ian (2008) How to Read a Photograph
Also, start looking at some of the following artists / photographers if you’re not familiar with their work:
Candida Höfer, Axel Hütte, Joseph Cornell, Wolfgang Tillmans, Pierre Huyghe, Chris Marker, Vivien Sassen, Sally Mann, Thomas Joshua Cooper, Brian Griffin, Stephen McLaren, Jenny Mathews, Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin, Richard Wentworth, Tom Hunter, Simon Norfolk, Alex Soth, Jim Goldberg, Akram Zaatari, Sophie Calle, Nan Goldin, Cindy Sherman, Jeff Wall, Philip-Lorca di Corcia, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Francis Alÿs, Jo Spence, Hamish Fulton.
Photography BA (Hons)
|Where||Central House 2nd Floor Studios|
|When||Monday and Thursday|
Studio 5: Subject, Object & Metaphor in Contemporary Photographic Practice
Ania Dabrowska, Mick Williamson, Sue Andrews, Spencer Rowell