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Photography and Identity Webinar

Course description

Led by photographic artist Sara Shamsavari, this online short course will explore the history of the photographic portrait and encourage you to reflect critically on the work of the artists exploring and interrogating identity from Alfred Steiglitz to Nan Goldin and Zanele Muholi.

The course will look at the work of contemporary image-makers who question conventions of identity and raise awareness around social, cultural and political concerns, identity rights and body politics through their work.

Through the exploration of the problematic history of photography you will gain an understanding of the ethical considerations and responsibilities of artists using the medium of photography today.

Who should attend this online short course?

This online short course is aimed at aspiring photographers and those wishing to gain an overview of the history of photographic portraiture and how artists are interrogating and representing identity through photography today. It is also an excellent fit for artists, designers and anyone working with photography.


After this session you will:

  • Gain an overview of the history of photographic portraiture
  • Learn to reflect critically on the genre of portraiture and representation
  • Be challenged on re-thinking of what constitutes a portrait
  • Be encouraged to implement concepts surrounding the genre of portraiture into your own projects in thoughtful and creative ways
  • Learn the importance of implementing ethics in to your photographic practise

This online short course offers:

  • Expert knowledge from industry professionals
  • Opportunities to meet other like-minded creatives
  • A chance to join the conversation with a live Q&A
  • Opportunity to upskill and develop professional practices
  • Participants will receive a certificate upon completion

Available dates

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This online short course will cover:

  • An overview of the history of photographic portraiture and representation
  • What is considered a portrait or self portrait
  • Photography as both revealing and problematic
  • Ethical considerations for photographers


To take part in this online session you will need:

  • An up-to-date web browser (we recommend Chrome)
  • Microphone and headphones (a headset with a microphone function is recommended. The built-in microphone in your device would also be fine)
  • Webcam
  • Strong Internet connection - we recommend a minimum of 2 Mbps download, and 1 Mbps upload, faster if possible. You can test your network speed here -

We recommend you have:

  • A notebook
  • A pen
Meet the Tutor:

This two-hour online short course is an introduction to the work of the artists exploring and interrogating identity using the medium of photography today.

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