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Reportage Photography

Reportage Photography

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Karl Grupe, Giulio Mazzarini


What are the secrets used by professional photographers? How do we create beautiful photo-stories?

This established course aims to introduce to the secrets of reportage photography.

Reportage Photography has become a popular ways to communicate stories, trends, and topics of journalistic nature. Photographers such as Martin Parr and Sebastiao Salgado have become very successful by applying strategies and skills traditionally used by professional photographers over the years, adding their own unique style.

During the course, students and tutor will work together to approach several photographic briefs in a professional way, from concept to realisation.

Subjects covered include:

  • How to start a research project
  • How to identify and select good concepts, themes and ideas
  • Planning a photo-session
  • Setting the camera correctly while on location
  • Deciding when and how to use flashes and reflectors
  • Overcome fear of approaching people
  • How to select the best photographs and create photo-narrative

The course will terminate with a full exhibition of all work produced.

Course Level All Levels

Entry Requirements No previous experience required, however some camera experience (use of DSLR camera in manual mode) would be useful

Who should take this course? 

This course suits photography enthusiasts, serious hobbyists, as well as bloggers, semi-professionals and young professionals wishing to improve their street photography skills.

Tutor: The tutor on this course changes depending on the course dates. Tutors’ biographies are provided below. If you need to know which tutor is teaching a specific course, please contact us at Short Course Enquiries.

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.

Giulio Mazzarini is a creative director and photographer living in London. He was born in Rome, Italy, where he graduated in Sociology. In 1998 he moved to London, where he completed a Masters in Design Studies at Central Saint Martins, University of The Arts London. After working on the creation of the trend forecasting website, he founded the communication studio GEM. His work has been seen in international magazines such as Vanity Fair, Marie Claire, Elle and Dazed & Confused. He has also contributed to the image development of companies and brands, such as L'Oréal, Reebok, Aston Martin, Citroen and Selfridges. He is an Associate Lecturer of the University of the Arts London, European Institute of Design (Rome) and Groupe INSEEC (Paris & London).

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Please bring the following to your first session:

  • Students must have their own cameras, preferably a digital SLR with a medium zoom lens, or a good quality pocket camera with manual or semi-manual settings’ options
  • Pen
  • Notebook

Available dates