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Introduction to Contemporary Photography Short Course

Introduction to Contemporary Photography Short Course

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Magali Avezou


This course will introduce participants to contemporary art photography and give them the opportunity to develop a personal project informed by current debates. 

During 5 days, students will be introduced to the main topics and major orientations in this field since 30 years such as conceptual photography, narrative photography, strategies of appropriation and re-enactment, changes related to technical evolution and the notion of image in the digital age. In addition, it will present key notions and artists such as Cindy Sherman and Jeff Wall who have contributed to make photography what it is today.

The aim of the course is to give the participants an overview on current art photography while helping them develop their own practice. The sessions will lead the students to develop a critical approach and articulate a discourse around their own work. This collaborative process aims to create a group dynamic that can persist once the course is over.

Topics covered

  • Contemporary Photography
  • Conceptual Photography
  • Criticality
  • Research skills
  • Metodology

Who should take this course?

Photographers willing to develop an informed artistic project.

Entry requirements: Basic understanding and interest in artistic approaches.

Level: Beginners and Intermediate

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

Tutor Description

Magali Avezou is an independent curator and founder of a r c h i p e l a g o, a curatorial platform focusing on visual culture and art publications.
She studied photography at Central Saint Martins (PgCert) and London College of Communication (MA). She is a lecturer at IED (Italy) and Escola Massana (Spain) and has given talks and workshops at Royal College of Arts, Northampton University, London College of Communication, Winchester School of Arts and Istituto Marangoni. She regularly writes for photography magazine such as Yet Magazine, Photomonitor, Unseen Digital Platform and The Photocaptionist.

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