Photography discussion group with Shirley Read

Course Dates: 08/10/19 - 05/11/19
Time: 18:30 - 20:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Shirley Read

This will be a presentation of images and ideas followed by an open discussion. The overall theme for discussion will be what we think makes for a 'good' photograph. Students will be encouraged to bring images for discussion and to create their own choice of 'Desert Island Photographs' for the final session.


What is the course about?

There will be presentations of images and ideas followed by tutor led group discussions.
Because this is a fairly new course the tutor will also be interested in on-going feedback from students and will use it to develop the course as it progresses.

Because this course is based around an open discussion of ideas and feelings about photography you will also receive feedback from fellow students as part of those discussions!

What will we cover?

- The photographer's skill
- the subject matter
- personal interests and associations
- innovation
- public taste and the art market
- the history of photography
- familiarity and nostalgia.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- be aware of key issues and debates in the areas of photography covered
- be more confident about taking part in a general photographic discussion
- understand the work, thinking and background of the photographers selected for the group to discuss
- be aware of the background history and development of photographic practice in the areas of photography covered.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is suitable for all levels. It will help if you know something of contemporary photographic practice or the topics covered but it is not essential.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught using a range of techniques including workshops and discussion, short lectures, practical exercises, group and individual assistance and hand-outs. You may be given material to read or research between classes but it will be your decision whether you want to do this or not.

Please note that, should you want to bring visual material in for discussion, the Build uses Apple Mac computers in Photography.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You may wish to bring a notebook and pen. You may also wish to bring images, newspaper or magazine articles or books for discussion but this is not essential.

If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, Build students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at *Terms and conditions apply, visit

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details

Tutor Biographies
We’re sorry. We don’t have a bio ready for the tutor of this class at the moment, but we’re working on it! Watch this space.

Book your place

Course Code: VY975

Tue, eve, 08 Oct - 05 Nov '19

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

Full fee: £99.00
Senior fee: £99.00
Concession: £60.00

Or call to enrol: 222-66-889-99

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