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Photography Matters

By | Education, Galleries, Photography

Photography Matters is a one-day OCA conference to be held at CAST, Doncaster, South Yorkshire on Saturday 21 May 2016. It seeks to map out areas for discussion in photography’s relationship to the everyday lived experience, visual culture, evolving technology, archiving and history, news media, education at all levels and public perception.

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Nick Turpin

By | Photography

In this blog post I wanted to explore how photographers work on a project. As part of the OCA courses, the assignments give students the opportunity to present a series of images in response to a brief. The brief will provide some guidance on the work to be produced, but ultimately the student is encouraged to develop a series of images to be viewed together.

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Composing and winged horses

By | Creative Writing, Education, Fine Art, Music, Photography, Student Work, Textiles, Visual Communications

As an OCA tutor, one of the most fascinating parts of my job is reading through Learning Logs and seeing how different people approach the various challenges and concepts that the courses present. I have always felt that teaching is a two-way process, and that a good teacher can learn from their students, especially in terms of seeing things from different perspectives.

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Looking at adverts: 15

By | Photography, Popular Culture, Visual Communications

Today, adverts invite women and men to play dolls with themselves. But for this to be acceptable for male consumers it must be disguised as playing soldiers, or at least some sort of useful ‘work’. A feminine version of consumption is only palatable if it is masculinised. Instead of relating it to pleasure, the product is made to signify a scientific process, an investment and a form of labour. It is about precision and adding value to the body, with the added help of Swiss engineering technology.

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Performing for the camera

By | Photography, Study Visits

Join OCA tutor Russell Squires on the 2 April at Tate Modern for Performing for the Camera. With over 50 seminal photographers on display, the exhibition explores the relationship between photography and performance, engaging with serious, provocative and sensational topics, as well as humour, improvisation and irony.

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By | Photography

With so many photographs out there, trying to find an original idea for your photography project can be increasingly difficult. Just a quick search online may yield scores of images on the subject that you are investigating; perhaps even a series from a photographer, along with an artist’s statement that echoes those thoughts you have had in your head for ages. What happens now…?

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