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Photography

The Photography workshop comprises photographic studios, a darkroom for B&W printing and processing and digital scanning/retouching facilities.

There are three advanced booking studios that are available to book for a morning or afternoon shoot, two still-life tables and a portrait studio available for booking on the day for one-hour sessions. There are also two copy stands for shooting flat artwork from A5 to A0 and a 3D capture facility.

The Photography team are always available help students set up the lighting and answer any questions about the studio or a shoot. All students are welcome to visit us to view our facilities.

Questions answered by Specialist Technician Jennie Crisp

What can students do here?

Students can use the studios to photograph work they have made or to make photographic works; these can range from photographing very small objects on the light tables to a full fashion shoot.

They can also process and print black and white film in our darkrooms and experiment with alternative processes.

Students are encouraged to come and discuss all things photographic and beyond with the technical staff.

What is the most common request you get?

Can I borrow a tripod?

Is there a particular project you remember?

Being one of many staff and students photographed in their beds with a topless Fine Art student for her second year project.

Have you ever had to say to a student that a project was impossible?

Yes, many times due to the constraints of time/money/space/physics. But can usually work around it to finding some alternative solution.

Any interesting stories about the workshop/studio and/or its content?

What happens in the studio stays in the studio…

How does the workshop fit in with the overall history of CSM?

The photography studios started out in a small 10ft by 10ft dank room in the basement of Charing Cross Road over forty years ago, we can now match any professional studio this side of Dalston.

What is it about this workshop that makes it a special place when at CSM?

The best view of the sun setting over west London!

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