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Summer: Contemporary Photography Practice

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Develop your personal passion in photography

This summer course is practice-based and emphasises the research and development of a personal project. It is perfect for you if you are pursuing a personal passion in photography. There will be workshops in different aspects of photography production as well as a critical consideration of themes in contemporary photography practice.

Taught by: Adrian Wood, Mary Jennings plus specialist technicians and guest speakers.

Summer Contemporary Photography

This summer course is practice-based and emphasises the research and development of a personal project. There will be workshops in different aspects of photography production as well as a critical consideration of themes in contemporary photography practice. These include colour and black & white darkroom development, flashguns, large format digital printing and retouching with Wacom tablets. LCC Photography has an international reputation for exciting and innovative photography ranging from fine art to photojournalism to commercial practice, with numerous successful and high profile alumni across the arts and media sectors.

You will be shown how to research and develop a project conceptually as well as practically, and how to present and promote to an outside audience. The course will be taught through a mix of workshops, seminars, tutorials and critiques. You will have the opportunity to work in one of our industry standard studios or out on location.

You will take advantage of the wonderful array of exhibitions in London in a programme of gallery visits followed by discussion of exhibitions and of where your own work fits into the contemporary panorama of photography practice.

You will be assessed on the selection and installation of your work in one of the galleries at LCC. On the final day of the course we will host a private view and you will be encouraged to invite friends and family.

Learn more about Summer: Contemporary Photography Practice

Course Aims

  • Enable you to explore your creative potential
  • Support you as you begin to develop an understanding of the relationship between theory and practice, and how one informs the other
  • Facilitate a hands-on your learning experience as you learn new technical skills

Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • Show an basic understanding of contemporary photographic practices (Subject Knowledge)
  • Research, evaluate and organise information from a variety of sources (Research, Analysis)
  • Make creative work which explores your personal approach to photography (Experimentation, Technical Competence)
  • Present a small coherent body of work, taking the audience into account (Communication and Presentation)

Who Should Attend

This summer school is suitable for people who have some experience in photography and wish to strengthen their practice and conceptual thinking. You do not need to be a current student to apply.


"Quality tutors, wide scope of courses, great facilities."

"I enjoyed the course. Especially colour darkroom. I wanted to know how many papers we can use."

"I enjoyed the various artist talks and lots of workshops."

Certificate of attendance

On completion of this course you will receive a short course certificate of attendance.

If you are a student and need any additional supporting documentation to convert this into credit for your home university we can provide that for you.

This course is led by;

Adrian Wood - Adrian completed his Photography MA at London College of Communication in 2009. He has exhibited internationally, including Victoria & Albert Museum, (London) Aperture Gallery (NYC, USA,) and Musee de Elysee (Switzerland). He has recently completed a project for the Photographers Gallery working with performance artists French Mottershead and is included in the recently published reGeneration 2 – Tomorrows Photographers Today (Thames and Hudson). He divides his practice between creating and exhibiting personal work, commissions and participatory projects in collaboration with galleries, schools and community organizations. Adrian currently works as a Senior Photographic Technician (Teaching and Learning) at London College of Communication.

Mary Jennings - Mary graduated in BA Photography from Southampton Solent in 2010 and from London College of Fashion in 2016 with a Post Graduate Certificate in Art and Design Education . She has worked in a number of Museums and Galleries, including the National Portrait Gallery and The Geffrye Museum providing educational workshops and working with the cataloguing and researching of the permanent collections. Her personal practice looks at the links between history, literature and land-use, documenting and rediscovering hidden pasts in forgotten places. She currently works as a Photographic Technician at London College of Communication, having previously spent two years in a similar role at Central St. Martins. You can see her work here.

You will also be taught by a range of guest tutors and expert practitioners. Previous visiting tutors on the course include:

Gregory Barker - Gregory is a London based editor, writer and consultant. Having studied at London College of Communication and the Fachhochschule Bielefeld, Germany, he is the co-founder of STANLEY/BARKER books, beautifully produced photo books. In 2011, he curated For Japan, a fundraising exhibition for Architecture for Humanity. Gregory is currently Commissioning Editor for HotShoe, the UK's leading contemporary photography magazine.

Lewis Bush - Lewis is a photographer, writer and curator interested in different forms of power and the structures that create it. Through this interest, he also engages with questions about how to document and explain issues which are complex or otherwise defy traditional methods of representation. Recent projects have explored the role of history in the recent European political crisis, critiqued the ongoing redevelopment of London, and uncovered the communications systems that intelligence organisations use to communicate with their agents. Alongside his photographic practice, he writes extensively on photography and visual culture, curates exhibitions, and is lecturer in documentary photography at London College of Communication.

Wendy Ennis - Having graduated in Photography from Medway College, Wendy went on to work at Atlas Photography Lab in London, part of the Quarto Publishing Group, specializing in billboard size prints using a 10x8 horizontal enlarger - this was before the advent of digital! Wendy was then asked to join a specialist lab called Visions, working alongside award winning printers, providing bespoke colour C-type printing for photographers such as Juergen Teller, with whom she worked on both commercial and personal projects, such as his seminal book Go-Sees.Wendy then worked in a lab called Goldenshot in Hoxton, London, which was started by Nick Waplington. It was there that she had the opportunity to print with photographers and artists including Wolfgang Tillmans, Tim Walker, Damian Hirst and Sam Taylor-Wood. Wendy joined LCC ten years ago, and is now the Technical Manager of the Photography department.

Richard Kolker - Currently living and working in London and Plymouth, Richard completed his MA in Photography with a Distinction at LCC in 2008 and has since exhibited extensively, participating in group shows at the Aperture Gallery- NYC, The National Portrait Gallery- UK and Musee de l'Elysee amongst others. In 2012 he was selected to present work at the Hyeres International Fashion and Photography Festival. Publications include ‘reGeneration: Tomorrow’s Photographers Today’ (Thames and Hudson) and ‘Why Art Photography?’ Lucy Soutter (Routledge). Richard has taught at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, Bucks New University and the University of Plymouth.

Katya Mayer - After graduating from a BA course in Visual Communication in 2002, Katja established a freelance practice as a fashion photographer as well as retoucher and producer in the commercial sector. With a background in post-production management, working for a number of high-end photographers, Katja coordinated high profile campaigns for clients such as French Connection, Chanel, Derek Lam, Karen Millen, Aveda and Puma.  Katja recently had her first solo exhibition in London, and her work has been shown as part of the group show ‘The Wonders of the Visible World’ at the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art in Sunderland. Her commercial clients include: Burberry, COS, Fred Perry, HOBBS, MTV and Procter & Gamble. Her work has appeared in editorials for Dazed & Confused, Harper’s Bazaar Russia, InStyle, Intersection, L’Officiel, USED Magazine, and she has been a regular contributor to Sunday Times Style magazine since 2008.

Anne Williams - Creative Director of PhotoLab at London College of Communication and winner of the Royal Photographic Society Education Award 2012, Anne has been influential in developing a tradition of conceptually strong practice at London College of Communication that fares well in both the gallery and commercial sectors. Her students and graduates have won many awards. Anne was Course Leader of MA Photography 1997-2014 and Programme Director of Photography 2003-2016. She has been engaged as a consultant in various capacities relating to contemporary and fine art photography, arts funding bodies and photography education. Her research interests include visual theory, photography futures and contemporary photographic art. In 2009 her article 'Identity Crisis' on UK photography education was published in Photographies journal.

Please bring the following materials with you on the first day of the course:

  • You must have a good quality camera that you normally work with, either digital or analogue.
  • Please bring with you examples of your own photographic work, either in the form of prints in a portfolio, or stored in digital form (on a memory stick, for example), ready for presentation.
  • You may wish to bring your own laptop, or tablet, but these are not essential.

Whilst you are here you will have the opportunity to work with new and advanced materials and processes. Most of these will be supplied but there will be a small fee for some.

Course Handbook: Download an example Handbook - Contemporary Photography Practice PDF [363kb].

Each year the content, dates and tutors vary slightly.

If you are a student and wish to be awarded credit by your home university please contact us and we can provide you with information on learning outcomes, class hours and grading.

Entry Requirements:

Academic - This course is designed for people who have previous photography experience. You should have studied photography or pursued in depth it as a hobby or profession. To join the course you must be able to use a DSLR on manual settings.

Portfolio - When you apply you will be asked to send a portfolio of your photography work in a PDF format (no larger than 10 MB).

English - You should be proficient in written and spoken English and be able to participate in group discussions and make presentations. As a guideline we would expect you to have an IELTS score of 6.0. The Language Centre at University of the Arts London offers English courses for overseas students.