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Photography 2: Landscape, Place and Environment

Course Level: 2 (HE5) | HE Credits: 60 | Approx. Duration: 15 months at 10hrs/week


The ‘land’ – or perhaps, ‘our environment’, or ‘the terrain we inhabit’, or simply ‘the space that surrounds us’ – has featured within all documented aspects of human culture: Whether celebrated for its beauty and the bounties it provides or respected for its power and the challenges it presents, the different ways we have, and continue to represent the land tells us, above all else, about the depth, range and contrasting values we place upon it. This course remains true to the technical rigour of traditional landscape practice, but ‘its heart’ is a belief that landscape is essentially about exploring the relationships between the maker, their subjects, and where they are; both geographically and spiritually or psychologically. The course will provide an opportunity for you to develop your own views on what may or may not constitute a work of landscape photography, or whether, indeed, such classification is helpful or even relevant within contemporary practice.


The aims of the course are to:

  • A1 support you to develop visual and conceptual strategies in landscape photography
  • A2 support you to contextualise your practice with the historical and cultural framework for landscape photography
  • A3 develop your ability to express a personal response to the genre
  • A4 develop your critical, analytical, evaluative and reflective skills


On successful completion of the course you will be able to:

  • LO1 demonstrate developing visual and conceptual strategies in landscape photography in the outcomes of your work
  • LO2 contextualise your practice with the historical and cultural framework for landscape photography
  • LO3 demonstrate an emerging personal voice in response to landscape and in the creation, selection and sequencing of your work
  • LO4 Critically review the work of other photographers in relation to your own work

Course content

  • UNIT 1: Defining Beauty and the Sublime Thinking about Landscape, Early Photography and Painting, Pictorialism, Modernist Approaches, Smaller Apertures and Visualisation, The Sublime, Beauty, The Zone System, Photography and the City
  • UNIT 2: Landscape as Journey Surveys, The Road as method and motif, Typologies and New Topographies, Mapping and other Technologies, Land Art, Psychogeography and ‘Edgelands’
  • UNIT 3: Landscape as Political Text Origins of the Picturesque, The Tourist’s Perspective, Marks of conflict and ‘Late’ Photography, Landscape as a Call to Action, Post / Industrial landscapes, Photography, Memory and Place
  • UNIT 4: Landscape and Identities Preparing a Critical Review,“Britishness”, Collective Identities and the Countryside, Personal Identities and Multiculturalism, Landscape and Gender, Landscape in Advertising, Designing a Project Brief
  • UNIT 5: Sites of Discourse The Gallery Context, Digital Printing Choices,The Medium of the Photobook,Time-based Presentations (‘Slideshows’), Beyond the Gallery: Site as Context, Artists’ statements
  • UNIT 6: Preparing for Assessment