International Urban Photography Summer School
18-30 August 2014
Designed for photographers, artists and ethnographers whose work addresses notions of urban space and culture, the international Urban Photography Summer School provided a highly intensive two-week practical and theoretical training in key aspects of urban visual practice. The course offered participants a wide range of relevant skills resulting in the production of a photography portfolio drawn from London’s urban environments along with a collective final exhibition.
The programme was developed in collaboration with the Centre for Urban and Community Research (CUCR), Urban Photo Fest and the international Association of Visual Urbanists (iAVU). The course was taught by tutors from Goldsmiths’ Sociology Department and the international MA in Photography and Urban Cultures. The programme drew on the advanced theoretical, research and practical image-making specialisms of key practitioners in the field.
Summer School tutors included: Paul Halliday (MA in Photography and Urban Cultures Convener), Beatriz Véliz Argueta (Coordinator/ Goldsmiths), Les Back (Goldsmiths), Caroline Knowles (Goldsmiths), Mandy Lee Jandrell (Southampton Solent University/ Goldsmiths), Peter Coles (Oxford/ Goldsmiths), Alex-Rhys Taylor (Goldsmiths), Manuel Vázquez (Goldsmiths), Laura Cuch (Goldsmiths) and Jasmine Cheng (Goldsmiths).
The programme explored how the practice of urban image-making informs the development of a reflexive and critical research perspective and included assignments and guided fieldtrips focusing on (1) landscape, (2) material objects and street photography and (3) portraiture.