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Photographers' London

Photographers' London

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Karl Grupe


A photography course for people who may be new to photography or new to London. During this week long course your classroom will be a combination of lectures and crits at the Kings Cross campus and photographing practical projects with your tutor ‘in the field’ at various London destinations.

Topics covered

Each day is designed to get students out to see London and pair a specific camera mode with a photographic project. Gradually you will move from auto and semi-automatic modes to graduating to a full understanding of the manual mode and camera operation. 

Students will have one project per day that will not only progress the practice of camera mechanics and exposure creation but also serve as tasters in the genres of urban/street, advertising , editorial. architectural, travel, and art photography.

There will also be an introduction and practice of photo-editing and presentation skill development as each project brief will have this built into the post-mortem of the photographic shoot.  

This course will not include any darkroom practice, so students are asked to budget for their own developing costs, as well as a travel card to cover visits around London.

On the first day students are asked to bring in ten examples of past snapshot photographs in print form (mistakes encouraged) for discussion and critique. 

This is a very popular class and has been featured in Russian MIR magazine - see

Entry requirements: None

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

Karl Grupe is a graduate of the University of Manitoba, Canada  and completed his masters at Goldsmiths College, London.

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.

You can find out more about Karl by visiting his website.


Please bring with you to the first session:

  • Any type of camera with the option to shoot in manual mode
  • 10 examples of past photographs in print form (mistakes encouraged) for discussion and critique

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