Photography is at the heart of the art world. With so many dedicated art fairs, auctions, festivals, exhibitions, collections and prizes, photography is also at the core of increasingly diverse contemporary art practices. Today, photography collections and exhibitions reach back to historical and modernist traditions and experiments, and forward toward the possibilities of digital technologies and visual communication on the Web.
This course looks at photography as art from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present day. It deals with major artistic movements alongside thematic explorations. Throughout, the course explores the changing markets for photography from the perspectives of curators, dealers, collectors and artists. Including sessions on various integral aspects of the market, it offers an expansive view of photography’s movement from the margins to the centre of the art world through the last century, and considers its place in the global contemporary art market today.
Students learn through lectures and discussions, visits to public, private and commercial collections and exhibitions, and to artists’ studios. Guest speakers include leading market experts, artists and curators. For practitioners and enthusiasts, the course has a dedicated Instagram feed and a historical techniques workshop where we will make our own tin-types.