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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 notions and past 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 hopes 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: Beginers and Intermediate

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

Tutor Description

Magali Avezou studied photography at Central Saint Martins College (Pgcert) and London College of Communication (MA). After graduating in 2013, she founded "archipelago", a platform for cultural projects focused on photography and art publishing. In 2016, he was curator in residence at Das Weiss Haus in Vienna, and co-judge of the Sproxton Award in London. She is a visiting lecturer at the Winchester College of Art (UK), IED (Italy) and Escola Massana (Spain).She collaborates with magazines Yet Magazine and Photomonitor.

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