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From its experimental origins to the rise of digital technologies, photography has acquired a central role within the art world. This has resulted in an ever-increasing number of dedicated festivals, exhibitions, collections, and prizes. The medium also commands a strong position with the art market, appearing in specialist art fairs and auctions and major contemporary art sales. Consequently, debates on photography cover a wide variety of topics, from the emergence of the modernist tradition to the forms of visual communication produced by platforms such as Instagram.

This course will examine photography’s changing status as an art form from the early twentieth century to the present day, tracing its movement to the centre of the art world and the global art market. It will explore the major artists, exhibitions, and movements that secured photography’s current position and assess the medium’s future. The course also includes sessions on various aspects of the market, including prints and editioning, valuing photographs, and the legal issues that surround art photography.

Students will learn from the expertise of our in-house specialists and a diverse program of guest speakers, including leading market experts, artists and curators. The course adopts a wide variety of teaching formats, from lectures and group discussions to class visits to public, private, and commercial collections and exhibitions. On completion of Photography: History and the Market, students will be able to analyze and discuss art photography and its position within the art world.

The Details
  • Course Dates

    Course Dates

    Dates: July 20 – July 30, 2020
    (2 weeks; Monday-Thursday)
    Location: The course will take place at Sotheby's Institute of Art - London, 30 Bedford Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3EE, United Kingdom
  • Faculty


    Simon Constantine, Course Leader, Summer Program, London
  • Sample Topics

    Sample Topics

    • The formation of canons of art photography

    • Early collections: archives and museums

    • The history of the art market for photography

    • The contemporary art market and the future

    • Processes and preservation

    • Photography at Sotheby’s

    • American and European Modernism

    • Photography and conceptual art

    • Postmodernism and appropriation

    • The Dusseldorf School

    • Landscape photography

    • Portraiture and identity

    • Fashion photography

    • Curating the photograph

    • Photography and globalization

    • Photography and digital culture

    • Mobile photography workshop

    • The Photobook

  • Study Visits

    Study Visits

    London is a major player in the global art market. A variety of faculty-led visits to museums and galleries forms an integral part of the learning experience.
    Sample venues:

    • National Portrait Gallery

    • The Photographers’ Gallery

    • Tate Britain

    • Tate Modern

    • Victoria & Albert Museum Prints and Drawings Study Room

    • East End Galleries

    • West End Galleries

    • Private and Corporate Collections

    • Artists’ Studios

  • Course Fees

    Course Fees

    Course: £1,800
    Institute Fees:

    • A £40 registration fee beginning March 16, 2020

    • This fee increases to £80 on May 12, 2020

    Register for Multiple Courses to Save:

    • Take a 2-week and 4-week course: £4,500 (£250 savings)

    • Take two 2-week courses: £3,450 (£150 savings)

    • Take any 4-week, 2-week, or 1-week course with another 1-week course to save £150

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  • Registration & Contact Information

    Registration & Contact Information

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