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Master's degree students at Sotheby's Institute of Art - London are able to tailor their studies by choosing specialist elective units in the second semester. These elective units allow students to broaden and enhance their understanding of topics key to pursuing careers in the fields of art, photography and design. We offer two units in photography - Photography: Image and Power (1968–Now), and, Photography and its Markets, led by photography specialist and Senior Lecturer Juliet Hacking.

We asked Juliet to give us her recommendations for the top five photography events happening in 2016. Take a look at her suggestions on how you can explore the world of photography this year.


Provoke: Between Protest and Performance, Photography in Japan 1960-1975
Albertina, Austria | 29 January - 8 May 2016

Touted as the first-ever exhibition dedicated to the subject, the Albertina presents a show recognising the significance of the short-lived Japanese photo magazine Provoke (1968-1969) and the distinctive style of photography it inspired. Gritty, blurry and raw, the high-contrast black-and-white aesthetic favoured by Provoke marks a hybridisation of Western and Japanese avant-garde photography in the post-war era.

Dubai Photo Exhibition
Dubai Design District (d3), United Arab Emirates | 16 - 19 March 2016

This major exhibition will bring together 750 photographs, 23 countries and 18 curators from around the globe. Each curator represents a different country, with Zelda Cheatle as Chief Curator for the show. Hosted by HIPA (The Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award), the exhibition is a pioneering foray into global art photography from the 19th to the 21st centuries. The World Photography Organisation has produced the exhibition. A purpose-built temporary museum is being built in the Design Zone D3 for the show.


Photo Basel
Volkshaus Basel, Basel | 15 - 19 June 2016

A much anticipated event, the first Photo Basel will take place during the week of Art Basel, the leading international art fair. It is Switzerland's first international art fair solely dedicated to photography and another expression of the increasing recognition of photography as a major art form.

Arles 2016: Les Rencontres De La Photographie

Arles, France | Exhibitions: 4 July - 25 September 2016 | Opening Week: 4 - 10 July 2016

One of the longest running of the dedicated photography fairs (established 1970) and always enjoyable for the images, inventive curation of the exhibitions, the sunshine and the setting. Arles is one of the most picturesque towns in the south of France. Exhibitions are hung in both dedicated gallery/museum venues and in historic buildings scattered across the town and everyone gathers in the bars of the Place du Forum in the evening to discuss what they have seen. And there’s a great food market too.


Discovering ‘Peripheries’: Photographic Histories In Central and Eastern Europe
Warsaw, Poland | 31 May – 1st June 2016

Organised by the Society ‘Liber pro arte’ in collaboration with the Polish Association of Photography Historians, and the journal ‘Daguerreotyp’, this conference attends to the understudied area of art photography in the former Communist bloc.

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