Art Of Snapshot Photography
Students looking to begin an interpretive/ discursive relationship with their photography find the Art of the Snapshot course illuminating. We use mediums such as freeform drawing, paper sculpture, story-cubing and writing as tools for photographic ideation...
Taught by: Karl Grupe.
Students looking to begin an interpretive/ discursive relationship with their photography find the Art of the Snapshot course illuminating. We use mediums such as freeform drawing, paper sculpture, story-cubing and writing as tools for photographic ideation. Students can think of each project as a kind of photographic alchemy - where we encourage experiment, failure, accident and play as valid contributors to and important discoveries along the creative process.
We investigate contemporary trends while focusing on your current and/or expanding voice in photography as it develops. Mixing theory with practice we explore how the snapshot has a substantial currency in photography, and how its aesthetic is approachable and allows for a democratic platform through which practitioners of this genre ’access’ and communicate to their audience.
Your week involves class lectures, guided gallery and library visits followed by photographing projects ‘in the field’ of London. Images and projects undergo a process of self and group analysis involving learning photo-editing skills, theme development and concept statement generation for stylistic and and topic continuity. All projects are presented for an instructor-led class observation, evaluation and discourse.
Former students have reported the course shifted how they photograph and look at photography; gave tools to feel more at ‘play’ in their approach to photography; risked more of the personal and creative self; and felt freer and braver in their personal photographic practice.
Please bring ten (10) unbound examples of past photographs in print form (mistakes encouraged) for discussion and critique in the first class.
Karl’s curiosity to test the manner in which we think is what drives him. Obsessed by the narrative which forms from disrupting patterns, he acts as a facilitator in the move away from the visual ‘safe zones’ we form and adhere to. His workshops involve an alchemy of improvisation, risk, reflection and narrative passing through the portal of photography.
His own work can be described as the result of operating at the intersection of the academic, practical, creative and business of photography. Commercially, his stock imagery is represented by Getty and has been published by Life magazine, The New York Times, Microsoft, Sony, Nissan, Ikea, and the Royal Mail.
Under his mentorship CSM students have been published by the British Journal of Photography, The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Evening Standard, and Vice Magazine; exhibited internationally; produced portfolios to win Bachelors and Masters placements; and made career transitions to full-time professional photographers. His Photographers’ London course at Central Saint Martins appeared as a nine-page editorial feature in Afisha-Mir, a Russian travel and lifestyle magazine.
An alumnus of Goldsmiths College, he graduated summa cum laude for his Masters examination of the “accidental” economics formed through photo social networking site Instagram and how this is challenging traditional commercial photography. It led to a meta-photo agency, testing applications disruptive to traditional models of photographer-client-audience conversation which is now part of his PhD examination. This ongoing research feeds into workshops he delivers and includes clients such as Leeds Castle, the London Transport Museum, University Arts London, Royal Photographic Society and photography and design festivals including Urban Photo Fest 2013, Snap Photography Festival, London Design Festival, Design Futures and the Prospects of Design Festival.
Karl is a partner | creative director and lives in the country where he rides a Harley, trains for triathlons and loves to cook.
For up to date info see www.karlgrupe.com/blog or follow him on Instagram @stuffcarlsees.
Please bring with you to the first session:
- Any type of camera
- Ten unbound examples of past photographs in print form (mistakes encouraged) for discussion and critique.
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