This eight-week, Monday evening course provides students with an introduction to some of the major ways of thinking about photography from the interwar period to the contemporary.
Each week a specific writer or thinker of photographic theory and/or history will be introduced and students will examine visual examples in the light of their concepts.
The course works up to the present day and encourages contemporary thinking around photography, and the many ways of encountering the photographic image in all its forms.
Students will gain a broad and thorough understanding of major thinkers and movements in modern and contemporary thought, and sessions are informed by a combination of lectures and lively group discussions.
Texts addressed in the sessions include those by Walter Benjamin, Susan Sontag, John Berger, Roland Barthes, Allan Sekula, Abigail Solomon-Godeau and other key thinkers of the 20th and 21st Centuries.
The Robert Elwall Photographs Collection at the RIBA British Architectural Library is likely the world’s largest repository of photographs of architecture and the built environment. Its oldest items date from the very early days of photography and its most recent are digital prints of contemporary architecture. It is international in scope and covers several other fields related to architecture such as landscape, townscape, interior design and social documentary, as well as portraits of architects and other personalities.
The Collection’s curators are passionate about sharing this amazing resource with the widest possible audience, and look forward to your questions and feedback.
Edward Burtynsky with David Campany Edward Burtynsky, the prolific Canadian photographer and film-maker known for his large-format photographs of industrial landscapes, and subject-based monographs like Oil, Water, and China, will speak about his practice and his upcoming retrospective publication, “Essential Elements”. Burtynsky will be interviewed by David Campany, the British writer, curator, artist and teacher, who works mainly with photography. Campany has written and edited many books, and contributed essays and reviews to other books, journals and magazines. Campany recently curated a major exhibition entitled A Handful of Dust for Le Bal, Paris.