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Photography and Self-Publishing

Photography and Self-Publishing

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Brendan Olley, Andrea Lioy


The course is aimed at passionate photographers who have some working knowledge of their camera and wish to take advantage of new web based self-publishing tools.  

Print-on-Demand services such as Blurb or Lulu, blogs or web-zines can, in some cases, circulate images more effectively than the traditional portfolio. 

The key feature of this course is that it offers the opportunity to reflect not only on the production of images, but also on how images can be used to create narratives, and reach a wider audience.  

The course will be taught through project work, lectures and practical workshops, offering continuous critiquing of the narrative potential of the participants’ images.  Examples will be shown from photobooks and websites that host photo-narrative work. 

Participants will:

Work towards the production of a personal narrative;
Learn to tell it with photography;
Learn to edit and structure images as consistent with each other;
Will be introduced to the design principles that can be applied to photobooks, ’zines and websites for self-publishing and self-promotion

This course could follow from any photography course and is for students who understand that they want to self-publish their photographic work as a book, zine, or website.

You will get the most from this course if you:
Have a photography project that they are working on and they would like to explore its narrative potential; 
Are passionate about telling and listening to stories


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

Tutor Description

Brendan Olley is a graduate from Central Saint Martins. Specialising in photography he has worked with a number of clients as varied as the BBC to the Fringe Arts Festival. He predominately works within the realm of portraiture within a studio based environment. Along side his editorial work Brendan also shoots larger documentary projects which can span over 1 - 2 years. He practices photography from his studio in East London whilst also maintaining a success platform website for young photographers were he currently helps over 300 emerging photographers.

Andrea was a playwright for the Italian market and worked on musical theatre productions such as “La Via Del Cuore” (The Way Your Heart Goes) and “Anima” in the nineties. Towards the end of the decade he moved to Paris where he collaborated on a number of mime theatre projects, such as “Le Baron Rouge” (The Red Baron) and “Frankenstein: Le Reve De Mary” (Frankenstein: Mary’s Dream) with Theatre Espace Imaginaire and Diagonal Theatre. He has worked with students who are interested in narrative, running the writing workshop on the GCD Programme at CSM, and supporting students in editing and self-publishing 5 anthologies of their stories (publications available on request). He started teaching at CSM on the BA Graphic Design and MA Communication Design courses in 2000.


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