IAP Self Evaluation

Introduction The aim of the course is to discover how photography enables people to make sense of themselves and their environment. This final self-evaluation attempts to explain how, through [...]

David Hockney

During his feedback for Assignment 4, my tutor suggested that I look at the Polaroid work of David Hockney. WOW. Hockney explains being disinterested in photography because he felt that the [...]

Richard Wentworth

Interview with Richard Wentworth with Gavin Morrison I find the best way to understand somebody’s art is to listen to them speaking, to try to discover what it is that causes them to make [...]

IAP Sharon Boothroyd

On her website, I viewed the series ‘If you get married again, will you still love me?’   What a powerful set of images. They take you into the mind of the child – depressing to see.  [...]

David Favrod

I found this work difficult to access.  Favrod says that mystery is important to him.  When he exhibits he presents an artist statement at the entrance of the [...]

Tate Modern visit

Andy Warhol I visited the Tate Modern on 12 August primarily to see the Andy Warhol exhibition. The work that most appealed to me is shown below – in particular, the red Lenin. I love the [...]

IAP Assignment 3: Notes

Brief Choose a community that you are already part of and create a photographic response to how this group informs who you are as a person. Introduction My initial ideas for Assignment 3, which [...]

Esther Teichmann

Dr Esther Teichmann is a German artist whose practice includes photography, film-making and writing. She is Head of Programme for the MRes and Critical and Historical Studies Coordinator at the [...]

IAP Assignment 2: Notes

Brief You need to develop a series of five final images to present to the viewer as a themed body of work. Pay close attention to the look and feel of each image and think how they will work [...]


On the suggested reading list provided by my tutor in his Formative Feedback for IAP Assignment 1 was ‘Place’ by Tacita Dean and Jeremy Millar. I can’t say that this subject is [...]

Hélène Amouzou

I recently came across the work of Togo-born photographer Hélène Amouzou. It appealed to me for several reasons. Firstly, the black and white (sometimes) ghostly self-portraits remind me of the [...]

Richard Sweeney

I recently attended a Photoshop course at West Dean College. While sat at the bar I struck up a conversation with a course tutor by the name of Richard Sweeney. What a fascinating man. His [...]

IAP Assignment 1: Notes

Brief Make five portraits of five different people from your local area who were previously unknown to you. Creative process Initially, I had intended to base Assignment 1 on the ideas gleaned [...]

Neue Sachlichkeit

Introduction  During my research into August Sander, I read that he had been influenced by the Cologne Progressive Artists Group who themselves were proponents of Neue Sachlichkeit – [...]

Training Humans

In the latest issue of foam magazine (#55) which I received recently, I noticed an advert for an exhibition being held at Osservatorio Fondazionbe Prada gallery in Milan. Called ‘Training [...]

CAN Self Assessment

What an interesting and educational unit CAN has proved to be.  As I worked through the exercises, research and assignments, they seemed to tease out threads of insight, understanding and [...]

Aussie Pink Floyd

Much to the amusement of my Tutor, David Wyatt, I saw the Pink Floyd tribute band (three times!). I did try to explain that they were playing main venues and not pubs but he wouldn’t have [...]


Introduction In January 2019 I came across the term Notan in an article on 1X.com written by the Dutch photographer Wicher Bos (Bos, 2019) called ‘Notan – Why would you want to know [...]

(1932) Duane Michals

Duane Michals is a photographer born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania. He is known for his photographic sequences and for annotating images with handwritten text allowing the viewer to better [...]

(1967) KayLynn Deveney

Kaylynn Deveney is an American photographer born in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1967. Aged 32 she moved to Newport to undertake a master’s degree in documentary photography at the University [...]

CAN Assignment 1: Notes

Brief Create at least two sets of photographs telling different versions of the same story. The aim of the assignment is to help you explore the convincing nature of documentary, even though what [...]

(1972) Elina Brotherus

Elina Brotherus is a Finnish photographer with degrees in analytical chemistry and photography.  She uses a medium format camera and shoots ‘straight’ (Pulver, 2011). In 2015 she [...]

(1949) John Davies

Davies is a British landscape photographer. Much of his work is large format black and white images of industrial and urban British landscapes. In 2008 he completed a colour series entitled Fuji [...]

EYV Assignment 5 notes

Brief Take a series of 10 photographs of any subject of your own choosing. Each photograph must be a unique view of the same subject; in other words, it must contain some ‘new information’ rather [...]

EYV Exercise 5.3

Brief Look again at Henri Cartier-Bresson’s photograph Behind the Gare Saint-Lazare in Part Three.  Is there a single element in the image that you could say is the pivotal ‘point’ to which the [...]

EYV Exercise 5.2

Brief Select an image by any photographer of your choice and take a photograph in response to it.  You can respond in any way you like to the whole image or to just a part of it, but you must [...]

Photographs and context

In his essay entitled ‘Photographs and context’ Terry Barrett discusses category displacement in connection with one particular image and goes on to propose a framework for contextualising [...]

EYV Exercise 5.1

Brief Use your camera as a measuring device. This doesn’t refer to the distance scale on the focus ring (!). Rather, find a subject that you have an empathy with and take a sequence of shots to [...]

EYV Assignment 4 notes

Brief Revisit one of the exercises on daylight, artificial light or studio light from Part Four (4.2, 4.3 or 4.4) and prepare it for formal assignment submission: • Create a set of between six [...]

EYV Exercise 4.3

Brief Capture ‘the beauty of artificial light’ in a short sequence of shots (‘beauty’ is, of course, a subjective term). The correct white balance setting will be important; this can get tricky [...]

EYV Exercise 4.2

Brief In manual mode take a sequence of shots of a subject of your choosing at different times on a single day. You might decide to fix your viewpoint or you might prefer to ‘work into’ your [...]

EYV Exercise 4.5

Brief Make a Google Images search for ‘landscape’, ‘portrait’, or any ordinary subject such as ‘apple’ or ‘sunset’. Add a screengrab of a representative page to your learning log and note down [...]

Oblique Strategies

I recently listened to a TEDTalk by Tim Harford entitled ‘How frustration can make us more creative’ (Ted Talk, 2015). He discussed how difficulties encountered during creative activities can [...]

Lens Sweet Spot

When introducing the EYV Project 4 Ex nihilo, the OCA manual states ‘ Studio work is highly technical and you really need to know your equipment inside out…’. How very true this proved to be. [...]

EYV Exercise 4.4

Brief Use a combination of quality, contrast, direction and colour to light an object in order to reveal its form. For this exercise we recommend that you choose a natural or organic object such [...]

EYV Exercise 4.1

4.1.1 Brief Set your camera to any of the auto or semi-auto modes. Photograph a dark tone, a mid-tone and a light tone. Add the shots to your learning log with quick sketches of the histograms [...]

(1904-1983) Bill Brandt

In 1945, following a conversation with Peter Rose Pulham (1910 – 1956), Brandt purchased a 70 year old wooden Kodak camera from a secondhand shop in Covent Garden. The camera, used for its [...]

(1921-1986) Ernst Haas

Born in Vienna, Haas was famed for his early use of coloured photography. Aged 25 he acquired his first camera (a Rolleiflex) in exchange for a block of butter on the black market. His rise to [...]

(1899-1984) Brassai

Born Gyula Halasz in 1899 in Brasso, Transylvania, Brassaï (meaning ‘of Brasso’) moved to Paris at the age of 24. He stayed there until his death 60 years later. He is best known for his book [...]

(1967) Rut Blees Luxemburg

Luxemberg is a German photographer and Reader in Urban Aesthetics at the Royal College of Arts.  Her practice involves large format (often) long night exposures of urban London. (Blees Luxemberg, [...]

(1951) Sally Mann

Mann is an American photographer born in Lexington, Virginia.  Her book entitled ‘Southern Landscapes’ features moody atmospheric pictorialist landscape shots. (Mann, 2013) I watched an interview [...]

(1857-1927) Eugene Atget

Atget, an ex-seaman, a failed actor and unsuccessful painter opened a photographic business in Paris aged 33. He spent the rest of his life accumulating some 10,000 negatives covering French [...]

The Decisive Moment

When I began this degree course my photographic ambition was to take nice pictures. I had spent a great deal of time looking at the website 1X.com which is a global curated photography site. It [...]

EYV Assignment 3 notes

Brief Send a set of between six and eight high-quality photographic prints on the theme of the ‘decisive moment’ to your tutor. Street photography is the traditional subject of the decisive [...]

(1956) Paul Graham

In a 2015 video to support the The Whiteness of the Whale exhibition at Pier 24 Photography, San Francisco Graham he discusses how he hopes the photographs might be seen. He describes how the [...]

Medium Specificity

‘The concept of medium-specificity has had a profound impact on photography. In its early history, photography struggled to establish itself as a legitimate art form. Theorists devised a [...]

EYV Exercise 3.3

Brief Find a good viewpoint, perhaps fairly high up where you can see a wide view or panorama. Start by looking at the things closest to you in the foreground. Then pay attention to the details [...]

EYV Exercise 3.2

Brief Using slow shutter speeds, the multiple exposure function, or another technique, try to record the trace of movement within the frame. You can be as experimental as you like. Add a [...]

EYV Exercise 3.1

Brief Using fast shutter speeds, try to isolate a frozen moment of time in a moving subject. Add a selection of shots, together with relevant shooting data and a description of your process to [...]

(1963) Michael Wesely

Wesely is a German photographer specialising in ultra-long exposure photography. The image below was commissioned by MoMa to record the building’s reconstruction. In a series of images, some [...]

(1948) Hiroshi Sugimoto

Sugimoto is a New York based Japanese photographer and architect. In his series entitled ‘Theatres’ he uses movie-length exposures (ie 2-3 hours) to explore his idea that too much information [...]

(1924) Robert Frank

Frank was born in Switzerland in 1924 and emigrated to America in 1946. As a result of a Guggenheim Fellowship (the sponsorship application being mostly written by Walker Evans (Nga.Gov, 2009)) [...]

(1913-1954) Robert Capa

Capa was a Hungarian war photographer who died after stepping on a landmine whilst covering the First Indochina War for Life Magazine. His most famous work, sometimes known as ‘Magnificent [...]

(1953) Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin (1953) Nan Goldin is an influential American photographer who intimately explores the lives of her selected ‘family’ of friends and lovers (Cotton, 2015). (Goldin, 1982), (Goldin, [...]

(1943) Larry Clark

Larry Clark (1943) The American photographer and film director Larry Clark recorded young adult drug culture and sex in his photography books Tulsa (1971), Teenage Lust (1983) and The Perfect [...]

EYV Exercise 2.7

Use a combination of small apertures and wide lens to take a number of photographs exploring deep depth of field. Because of the small apertures you’ll be working with slow shutter speeds and may [...]

EYV Exercise 2.6

Use a combination of wide apertures, long focal lengths and close viewpoints to take a number of photographs with shallow depth of field. Try to compose the out-of-focus parts of the picture [...]

EYV Exercise 2.5

Find a subject in front of a background with depth. Take a close viewpoint and zoom in; you’ll need to be aware of the minimum focusing distance of your lens. Focus on the subject and take a [...]

EYV Exercise 2.4

Find a location with good light for a portrait shot. Place your subject some distance in front of a simple background and select a wide aperture together with a moderately long focal length such [...]

EYV Exercise 2.3

Choose a subject in front of a background with depth. Select your shortest focal length and take a close low viewpoint, below your subject. Find a natural point of focus and take the shot.

EYV Exercise 2.2

Select your longest focal length and compose a portrait shot fairly tightly within the frame in front of a background with depth. Take one photograph. Then walk towards your subject while zooming [...]

EYV Exercise 2.1

Find a scene that has depth. From a fixed position, take a sequence of five or six shots at different focal lengths without changing your viewpoint. The image which feels closest to the angle of [...]

Reflections and Feedback

Reflection pre-tutor feedback Demonstration of technical and visual skills – Materials, technical, observational skills, visual awareness, design and compositional skills. (40%) I would regard my [...]


Research László Molholy-Nagy (1895-1946) Molholy-Nagy was a Hungarian photographer. He taught at Bauhaus between 1923 and 1928. Bauhaus was a radical German art school from 1919 until it’s forced [...]

EYV Exercise 1.3 Line

Exercise 1.3.1 Line Take a number of shots using lines to create a sense of depth. Shooting with a wideangle lens (zooming out) strengthens a diagonal line by giving it more length within the [...]

EYV Exercise 1.2 Point

Research – Point I found this exercise difficult to understand. Not an auspicious start… To gain a better insight into the effect of a single point I read Michael Freeman’s book on photographic [...]

EYV Exercise 1.1

Exercise Take three or four exposures of the same scene. Don’t change anything on the camera and keep the framing the same. Preview the shots on the LCD screen. At first glance they look the [...]

EYV Assignment 1 notes

Brief Make a series of six to twelve photographs in response to the concept of ‘The Square Mile’. Use this as an opportunity to take a fresh and experimental look at your surroundings. You may [...]

My first blog

So here goes… I would never have imagined that I’d be signed up to do a photography degree course or that I’d be blogging.  As a 60 year old (just!) accountant I thought both of [...]

Surface and Depth

Research: Thomas Ruff ‘jpegs’ Read the reviews by Campany and Colberg and, if you haven’t already done so, use them to begin the contextual section of your learning log. Try to pick out the key [...]

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