To quote the adage: "a picture is worth a thousand words". But which words?

Frederick R. Bernard probably never dreamt of digital photography and social media when he came up with his immortal line. In today’s world, the idea of photography as language is critical in considering how we share and consume information.

Photography is central in cultural representations of our mediated world. With photography accessible to anyone with a camera or smartphone, we become overwhelmed with reams of images and their messages. We can portray messages and events in carefully curated ways. Add in editing software and we can potentially distort reality.  Through social media, and how we use it, we miss out the critique of an image; what is it trying to tell us.

In this photography short course, you won’t be told what photography is. Instead you will be introduced to key approaches to thinking in photographs and making photographic work. Rather than being told what to think about photography you’ll gain the theoretical knowledge to think about and through photography. By understanding the theory you can combine this with your technical skills to take pictures of meaning.


Why regard photography as language?

What skills does this kind of theory-led practice offer to photographers, visual practitioners, and researchers of visual communication?

Led by Ariadne Xenou, you will learn about photography as language from a historical perspective and through contemporary development. Not only that, you’ll learn about the key concepts which highlight the cultural importance of photography as well as the cultural impositions upon it.

You’ll look at and consider the technical aspects of photography; how they extend to the way we see, perceive, and feel photographs. Most crucially we will explore how a photograph communicates and consider that within the photographic visual language.

Our photography short course is CPD accredited, so you can get rewards for developing as a photographer. You don’t need any prior qualifications or knowledge of photography; this course is open for everyone.

If you are a budding photographer, interested in photography as a communicative language and tool, this is the course for you.

Hear from course tutor Ariadne Xenou as she explains what the course is all about, and how we can explore Photography as Language:

How can we view Photography as Language?

“As a whole the course made me think about my photography. I will certainly approach the capturing of images differently. More often I will ask “why am I taking this image?” Without doubt I will take fewer photographs but will have a reason to take them.”

Anon, on Photography as Language

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