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Reading Photographs

Reading Photographs

London College of Communication
Taught by
A respected industry expert


This inspiring one-day course centres around a selection of five photographic works. Using visual and contextual analysis, discussion and Q&A, you will embark on a journey through different periods of time and learn about different approaches and methods in photography.

Conducting first hand research in two London photography collections, we will view historic photographic prints and experience contemporary photographic works first hand. Looking at how artists have employed different strategies to negotiate the relationship of image and reality, we will discuss different understandings of truth as related to the photograph.

This course is suited for anybody who is interested in the subject and who wants to expand their understanding of key movements in photography. You will extend your ability to interpret, discuss and evaluate photographic images. 

Topics Covered

  • Exhibition visits 
  • Lectures 
  • Group discussions
  • Presentation of ideas

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • Begin to interpret, evaluate and discuss photographic works 
  • Show specialist knowledge and critical insights 
  • Talk about the key movements and approaches in photography 
Who Should Attend

This course is ideal for you if you want an in-depth, critical introduction to photography. You may be a teacher. educator, writer or pursuing your passion for photography.


Beginner. You don't need any experience or knowledge to take this course.

Follow Up Courses

After you have completed this course you may want to continue your photography practice on Summer: Contemporary Photography Practices or Magnum Documentary Intensive

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Tutor Description

This course will be taught by a respected industry expert.

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