International Urban Photography Summer School, 14-26 August 2017, UK


June 16, 2017


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Designed for photographers, artists and researchers whose work address notions of urban space and culture, the international Urban Photography Summer School provides a highly intensive two-week practical and theoretical training in key aspects of urban visual practice and research. The course aims to offer 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 has been developed in collaboration with the Centre for Urban and Community Research (CUCR), Goldsmiths University London, the Urban Photographers’ Association (UPA), UrbanPhotoFest and the international Association of Visual Urbanists (iAVU). The course will be taught by tutors from Goldsmiths’ Sociology Department and the international MA in Photography and Urban Cultures. The programme draws on the advanced theoretical, research and practical image-making specialisms of key practitioners in the field.

Summer School tutors include: Paul Halliday (MA in Photography and Urban Cultures Course Leader), Beatriz Véliz Argueta (HU Berlin/ Goldsmiths), Les Back (Goldsmiths), Caroline Knowles (Goldsmiths), Mandy Lee Jandrell (Southampton Solent University/ Goldsmiths), Peter Coles (Goldsmiths), Manuel Vázquez (Goldsmiths), Laura Cuch (Goldsmiths and UCL) and Diego Ferrari (Kingston University).

The programme will explore how the practice of urban image-making informs the development of a reflexive and critical research perspective and will include assignments and guided fieldtrips focusing on (1) Urban Landscapes and Architectures, (2) Urban Materialities and Objects (3) Street-based photography and Portraiture.

The Summer School will take place from 14th-26th August 2017. Application Deadline is 16th June 2017


The Summer School will provide participants with a structured framework of theoretical talks, discussions and debates, visual presentations, critiques and assignments culminating in a self directed visual project focusing on the urban domain. This will lead to the development of a photographic portfolio reflecting their individual interest and visual practice in relation to urban research. Participants may wish to use this portfolio for the accumulation of degree credits, as a portfolio when applying for a further degree programme, or as a form of visual and theoretical self-development. At the end of the Summer School a curated salon exhibition will be organized from a selection of participants’ photographs. Previous participants have gone on to successfully apply for MA programmes in photography or related visual programmes (including the MA PUC at Goldsmiths, University of London) or to use the intensive programme as part of their doctoral visual training component. Other summer school members have included undergraduate students from social science and visual arts backgrounds who wish to expand their knowledge of the field and to work on an intensive, highly focused visual outcome.


This course will be particularly relevant to those with an interest in the visual representations and evocations of city and urban spaces.

The Summer School aims to foster an international learning and creative environment in order to facilitate synthesis between urban theory and photographic practice. Designed for photographers, artists and ethnographers whose work address notions of urban space and culture, the program will explore how the practice of making urban images might inform the development of a reflexive and critical research perspective.

The course is open to participants from a wide range of educational and practice backgrounds and encourages a degree of experimentation around what constitutes contemporary urban photographic practices.

Applicants will need to have sound photographic skills prior to commencing the programme and are required to submit a sample portfolio of their own work (max. 10 images) along with an outline statement of their interest in urban visual practice (max. 300 words).

We aim to recruit a wide range of practitioners with an active involvement in debates around the nature of city spaces and how photographic images might not only convey meaning but can also be used to construct a narrative of urban space.


An additional workshop to refresh or consolidate practice and theory will be offered prior to commencing the Summer School. This is an intensive two-day optional course that includes practical assignments and focuses on composition, exposure, lighting and working with digital and analogue cameras. This Pre-sessional workshop has an additional cost of £250 with a reduction of £50 for those enrolled on the iUPSS programme by the general deadline of 16th June 2017.


The application deadline is Friday 16th June 2017. Applications after this date will be considered if spaces are available. There is a maximum of 30 spaces and candidates are advised to apply early by downloading and completing the online application form. Successful applicants will be informed two weeks after submitting the form. Full payment should be received by the end of June to confirm participation.

The organisers of the international Urban Photography Summer School reserve the right to cancel the course. In the event of such a cancellation enrolled Summer School participants will have their course fees fully reimbursed.

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  • The fee for the Summer School for professionals/non-students is £1400
  • The reduced fee for students is £950.


Participants should bring their own laptops and cameras. Due to the duration of the course participants are advised to produce and edit their work digitally.

For those working with film a list of professional laboratories will be provided on commencement. Please ensure that all equipment is covered by insurance as the Summer School takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen whilst attending or traveling to the course.


There is a variety of accommodation open to participants. Goldsmiths University of London has student accommodation available to Summer School participants. Once accepted participants will be given the details of the College Accommodation Office. There are also local hotels located in nearby Greenwich (approx. 20 min by public transport) and the College has good accessibility to hotels located in Central London.

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