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Reading Photographs

Reading Photographs

London College of Communication
Taught by
Andrea Muendelein


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

Tutor Description

Andrea Muendelein is a visual artist working with photography. Born in Germany, she was art director of Spex, Music & Art Magazine and Popkomm, Fair for Popmusic in Cologne, where she has worked with writers and artists such as Diedrich Diederichsen and Wolfgang Tillmans. She graduated with a PG Cert Photography and a MA Fine Art Distinction from Central Saint Martins College of Art. She was awarded the Arts & Humanities Research Council Doctoral Studentship Award in 2012.

Andrea has participated in artist residencies, symposia and exhibitions such as ‘Cill Rialaig’, Ireland, ‘Making a Home’, University of Sussex, and ‘Re-Stage’ at the Davies Street Gallery London. She is a qualified teacher and photography lecturer with extensive experience of working with young people and adult learners in Further and Higher Education. While continuing to pursue her own practice, she is an Associate Lecturer at Camberwell College of Art and a Student Mentor at the London College of Communication, working with undergraduate and postgraduate students across year groups and subjects.

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