Talks about photography

Course Dates: 19/02/20 - 25/03/20
Time: 18:00 - 20:30
Location: PS - Photography Studio
Shirley Read

A series of six talks given by photographers, curators, a photographic publisher and academics about their career path, their work and the world of photography. Each talk will be followed by a discussion.


What is the course about?

A series of six one-off talks given by photographers, curators, collectors and academics about their career path, their work and the world of photography. Students will be given some reading material by or about each speaker and each talk will be followed by a discussion.

This year’s speakers include:
• 20 Feb: Christian Sinibaldi (photographer for The Guardian )
• 27 Feb: Liz Hingley (photographer & anthropologist)
• 06 Mar: Dafna Talmore (artist who constructs images)
• 13 Mar: Malini Roy (archivist British Library photography collection: offsite visit)
• 20 Mar: Martin from Hoxton Mini Press (independent publisher of Photobooks)
• 27 Mar: Charlotte Schepke (Large Glass Gallery).

What previous students liked most about this course:
“Small size enabling in depth discussion and varied nature of speakers.”

“Shirley’s ‘Talks about photography’ area wonderful opportunity to find out about work and situations in the world of photography from distinguished speakers in a ‘seminar’ situation so that questions etc. are welcome.”

“Photographers speaking about their life, giving the whole picture. Showing early work and how they got to where they are.”

“The variety – I have attended these talks series for several occasions and will sign up again if in town.”

“Excellent and diverse list of speakers. Good discussions with them as the class had some experienced members.”


What will we cover?

- The photographic world in London and its role in deciding what photographs are published, displayed and sold.
- The policies and practices of a range of institutions which manage photography
- The daily working lives of a range of photographic practitioners.

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

- Have an increased awareness of the photographic world in London and its role in deciding what photographs are published, displayed and sold.
- Have an increased awareness of the policies and practices of a range of institutions which manage photography
- Have an increased awareness of the daily working lives of a range of photographic practitioners.

What previous students have achieved on this course:
“A wide understanding of those employed in photography.” FB

“A wide understanding of the field and practice of photography. Several ideas of how I may progress my photography ambitions.” SG

“A general awareness of the central role of photography in cultural life.” CS

“Wider knowledge of the world of photography – knowledge and info etc about individual speakers.” KW


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

It is open to anyone interested in photography – knowledge of the institutions of photography (newspapers, galleries, auction houses, museum and other collections) will be helpful but by no means essential.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.

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

Through talks given by visiting specialists, visual display and discussion. There will probably be some reading set for outside the class and you may be interested in visiting the galleries, museums, universities and auction houses referred to by the speakers.

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

No, although a notebook will be useful.

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


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

An amazing line-up of speaker in an intimate setting
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Review by RogerThelwell / (Posted on 08/06/2015)
I loved this course. I did it for the first time this year and will do it again next year. The quality and range of the speakers was amazing and there was a lot of opportunity to ask questions. I felt it was a real privilege to meet each of them and I learn so much about the field of photography from them.
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Review by SheenaG / (Posted on 01/06/2015)
The list of speakers this year is as outstanding as ever. I know that each session will provide new and fascinating insights into the world of photography. It is a great privilege to be able to hear and discuss with the speakers as part of a small group in the relaxed space of the Build Studio. Review by Kate / (Posted on 06/02/2015)
I too have attended Talks about Photography for several years. The speakers are invariably excellent, and give fascinating insights into their own parts of the photographic world. The informal setting in the studio ensures a relaxed atmosphere for the talks and discussions - both informative and very enjoyable. Review by Kate / (Posted on 03/02/2015)
I have taken this course in two previous years and will be coming back this year for the third time! It is a unique opportunity to hear an exciting diversity of practitioners talking about their work and approach as photographers and curators. I particularly enjoyed it because the sessions are informal and the group small enough to have lively discussions. The line up of speakers this year looks as inspiring as ever. Review by jennih / (Posted on 02/02/2015)
Tutor Biographies
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Book your place

Course Code: VY783

Wed, eve, 19 Feb - 25 Mar '20

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Full fee: £179.00
Senior fee: £179.00
Concession: £109.00

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

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