Documentary and Contemporary Photography

Course overview

There are a limited number of FREE places available on this course, for those aged 19 and over (at the start of the course) and who either have a mental health condition or difficulty, are employed and earning an annual salary less than £17,004 per annum, in receipt of state benefit in your own name and unemployed or working and earning less than £338 per month (or £541 for household claims), are a single parent, or have a social or emotional difficulty. For further details and to apply please email us. To find out more and to view the terms and conditions please view our Community Wellbeing page.

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 uses more stylised images, and importantly explores issues affecting society.

You can develop your interest in photography further through a range of our creative and practical photography courses.

While there is no formal qualification, provided that you engage with the full course experience, you will benefit in several ways:

  • different appreciation for photography generally
  • deeper understanding of this particular genre
  • practical skills to tackle a variety of projects
  • number of images to add to your personal portfolio
  • wider network of peers to support you in the future

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.

Documentary and Contemporary Photography is 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.

The field trip will take place on Saturday 22 May 2021 from 10am-4:30pm.

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