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Photography for 14 - 17 Year Olds

Photography for 14 - 17 Year Olds

Camberwell College of Arts
Taught by
John Whapham, Almudena Romero


Photography for 14-17 years olds is a hands-on course where you will experiment with a range of digital and analogue photographic techniques, leaving the course with a body of work showcasing a range of different photography practices.

These will range from creating images with a pin-hole camera, using light to create a cyanotype and photogram as well as using digital editing techniques to optimise your photographic images. You will also learn about the effects of studio lighting, while making prints utilising various techniques.

Responding to a specific theme, which will be open to your own interpretation, you tutor will guide you through these fun, hands-on processes. You will be amazed by the possibilities that photography has to offer and will discover a new medium through which to express yourself through the lens.

Topics Covered

  • Digital and Analogue
  • Light
  • Cyanotype and Photogram
  • Digital editing
  • Exploring a theme
  • Studio Lighting
  • Photographic processes
  • Contemporary image making
Course Outcomes
You'll leave with a body of work demonstrating the range of approaches and activities you've experienced. You will have learnt how to combine digital and analogue photographic techniques to produce your own images. You will know about various photographic studio lighting techniques and have an understanding of the place of alternative photographic processes within contemporary image making. 

Who Should Attend
Anyone aged 14 - 17 years who keen to experience working with a range of different techniques on this photography course. It would also be suitable for anyone wanting to build a portfolio of photography work, considering future studies in art and design. 


Tutor Description

John Whapham is an artist working with photography and new media.

John studied BA and MA Fine Art Photography at the University of the Arts London. He has exhibited in New York - notably, a one man show ‘TRANSATLANTIC’ at Kunsthandel Joerg Maass Gallery, Manhattan and (amongst others) in London’s South Bank Centre, the Morley Gallery as well as developing work in collaboration with the British Museum.

He has taught photography in a number of London colleges including Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion, and Camberwell College of Arts. He has many years
experience in further and higher education, specializing in all areas relating to the subject of photography and lens based mediums. 

See some of John's student work in this Link to blurb books

Almudena Romero is a visual artist delivering educational projects to raise interest and understanding in early photographic processes and digital photography, and to reexamine the practice of these historically significant processes in the contemporary context.

She runs cameraless photography workshops as well as a variety of courses ranging from alternative photographic printing techniques to digital photography. 

In 2015, she was commissioned by the V&A Museum and the Mapfre Foundation to deliver educational projects. She has also lectured at UAL,and  Sotheby's Institute of Art. She runs public events including On Light Day for University College London, Wellcome Trust, and the Paradise Over Pavements Festival commissioned by Southwark Council. 

Her practice has been exhibited throughout the UK and Internationally in galleries and festivals including the Brighton Photo Biennial and PhotoIreland, and has been features in TimeOut, DUST magazine, Uncertain States and Photomonitor. 

Almudena is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and obtained academic teaching qualifications with distinction. 



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

  • Digital camera or camera phone/tablet 
  • USB memory stick - minimum 3GB

There is a canteen onsite, alternatively you may wish to bring a packed lunch with you.

Please note that most materials needed for the short courses are available at the Chelsea College of Arts' Art Shop. Please contact the Art Shop directly for opening hours and availability.

Available dates

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