British photographic history

Information and discussion on all aspects of British photographic history

Course: Introduction to Photographic Histories (online) / from 1 November 2022

Photography has become an essential part of how we communicate and understand the world around us. This introductory course hosted by The Photographers' Gallery, will look at movements and ideas that have shaped the development of photographic practice, through engaging with artworks, critical texts and photographs as visual culture.

Sessions will discuss photography and photobooks that explore themes including identity, power, history, as well as artistic movements of 19th and 20th century. Sessions will range across time periods and topics to show how they relate to contemporary issues. 

Course format

Taking place weekly on Zoom, sessions include a blend of lectures, group discussions and presentations. Participants are provided with lecture slides and a list of resources for further study.

Who is this for? 

Open to all who are interested in the many histories of photography and art. No prior knowledge necessary. 

This course is led by Dr Briony Carlin

Briony Anne Carlin is an academic and curator based between London and Newcastle upon Tyne. She is a Doctoral Candidate at Newcastle University, where she also teaches Art Histories in the department of Fine Art. She has a PhD in Media Culture Studies from Newcastle University, awarded for her thesis ‘Bindings, Boundaries and Cuts: Relating Agency and Ontology in Photobook Encounters’.

Briony is currently an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and worked formerly as assistant curator of photographs at the Victoria and Albert Museum, where she contributed to exhibitions including Into the Woods: Trees in Photography (2017) and the inaugural Photography Centre (2018), and conducted research with the Royal Photographic Society Collection and the Maurice Broomfield Archive. She continues to work on independent curatorial projects.

Introduction to Photographic Histories
Weekly, Tue 01 Nov 2022 - 8:30pm, Tue 06 Dec 2022 at 1900 (BST)
Price: £185, £165 members & concession

Location: Zoom
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