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Looking at Photographs: New series of talks at the RPS

  Sign up to my new series of talks on the History and Theory of Photography . Starts in September and it's perfect if you want an intro...

Tuesday, 3 August 2021

Looking at Photographs: New series of talks at the RPS

 


Sign up to my new series of talks on the History and Theory of Photography. Starts in September and it's perfect if you want an introduction to photographic theory or a dip back into some of the images and ideas that have shaped photographic history. 



Are you looking to develop your own practice? Do you want to understand what photography is or can be? This 8-week course will introduce you to the contemporary practice of photography through examples that link the historical, the contemporary, and the theoretical in a way that is dynamic, visual, and accessible to everybody.

Touching on major photographic genres such as landscape photography, portraiture, and conflict, it will look at some of the key photographers and ideas that have shaped how we see the world today and will also present a global, pluralist outlook on both the wonderful expressive and artistic qualities of the photographic image, as well as its darker side.

The lecture series is the first of three standalone eight-week courses. The first will look at the origins of key photographic genres, where they came from, how they affect the images we make and see today, and how those genres are influenced by different global theories and practices.

The second will look at how social and cultural change in the post-war era influenced photographic practice around the world, and the third will look at specific areas of interest within photography, from representation of the body to the family album and how these ideas can be communicated through different global photographic media.

This series of lectures is ideal for anybody who wants to learn how images are made and understood. It will enrich your understanding of the multiple ways in which images can be read, and will also add layers to how you make images and how you communicate those images to a broader audience. If you have never studied photography, these lectures will give you a fast track introduction to the history of photography and its theory. And if you have studied photography, it will refresh old  ideas and present new possibilities that will refresh your understanding of what photography is and what it can be.


Sign up here.


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