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Course details

Thursday (6:30 to 8:30pm) 23/4, 30/4, 7/5, 14/5, 21/5 and Saturday (10am to 4:30pm) 16/5



o    Would you like to use photography to tell a story or help a cause?

o    Have you got a pet project that you’d like to make happen?

o    Add depth and meaning to what you shoot.

“Documentary photography” usually describes longer-term, multi-image projects that tell the story of something significant or provide a record of everyday life in a consistent and relatively true-to-life style.  “Contemporary” photography has a similar approach, but may use more stylised images, and importantly explores issues affecting society.


Through a combination of exploration, conversation, practical assignments and field work, this short course will help you understand the key elements of project-based, documentary or contemporary photography, develop skills to perform it well, build your confidence, and make progress in your personal projects.
Format: The course consists of four 2hr evening classes, followed by one Saturday field-trip of 6.5 hours, and then one further evening class.


While there is no formal qualification, provided that you engage with the full course experience, you will benefit in several ways; a different appreciation for photography generally, a deeper understanding of this particular genre, practical skills to tackle a variety of projects, a number of images to add to your personal portfolio, a wider network of peers to support you in the future.


Suitability: For anyone interested in the genre, regardless of experience.  You will find you get more from the course if you have a digital camera with manual controls and you are already familiar with the essentials of using this.