Photograph of a woman

“The camera sees more than the eye, so why not make use of it?” – Edward Weston

Information at a Glance

  • Evening Class
  • Thursdays 18:00 - 20:00
  • 10 weeks: April to June
  • 2 hours taught time per week
  • Tutor: Honey Salvadori
  • Fees from £115 to £200
  • Location: Imperial College, South Kensington Campus
  • BOOKING TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED
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Photography: Practice and Communication is a practical photography course for people who want to develop their photography and learn how photographs communicate with their audience. The course is most suited to those who already have some experience of photography and cameras or those who are taking the Wednesday Photography: Practice and Theory course to learn the technical aspects of photography.

Classes will combine group teaching led by the course tutor and individual practical assignments which will require you to work on your own in and around the Imperial College Campus. The practical assignments are designed to give you experience of the concepts included in the classroom sessions.

We will discuss how photographs create visual narratives and construct conceptual ideas. You will also be introduced to contemporary debates about photography and will gain knowledge of the history of this popular medium. The photography assignments are designed to challenge you to investigate visual language and to develop your own ‘visual voice’.

You will end the course with a portfolio of pictures that will form the foundation of your individual photography practice.

As a practical arts course paragraph 5.5 of the Imperial College London Evening Class Terms and Conditions applies. We do not supply cameras for those joining this course. To take part in it you must have your own digital camera, which allows you to change the aperture and shutter speed manually. The course is not suitable for those taking photographs using a fully automatic camera or mobile phone camera.

Course Information

Course Programme

This programme is subject to possible alteration.

Week 1         Introduction: Technology and Creative Innovation 

In this session we will begin by discussing what individuals in the group hope to gain from the course before moving onto consider some of the basic concepts that we will be looking at. Through a classroom discussion we will examine how creative photographers express ideas and how technology has advanced their creativity. After this there will be a practical task to explore some of the themes raised in the session.

 Week 2         Portraits, History and Visual Language

In this session we will begin with a brief recap of the previous week’s class with an opportunity for questions.  We will then move on to look at the genre of portraits. Through a slide lecture we will consider how portraits communicate a message about their subjects and also a message about their photographers.  We will consider how the conventions of portraiture have changed since the invention of photography and digital media and how contemporary practitioners create their images. You will be given an individual practical task to gain experience of the concepts that we will have discussed and we will end with an informal look at the photographs you have taken.

Week 3         Visual Research and Developing a Concept

In this session we will begin with a brief recap of the previous week’s class with an opportunity for questions.  We will then move on to discuss visual research and art direction in photography. Through a slide lecture we will look at how ideas are communicated visually in photography and how you can use visual research to develop concepts for your photographs. We will then develop a group project with a visual theme ready for the next class.

Week 4         Portraits and Lighting – Technical Workshop

In this session we will begin with a brief recap of the previous week’s class with an opportunity for questions.  We will then move onto a technical workshop focusing on lighting and portraiture where you will take photographs for the group project that we developed the previous week.  Working individually with tutor support you will edit your images in Photoshop, ending the session with an informal group discussion on the session and the pictures that you produced.

Week 5         Reading The News: A History of Alternative Facts and Reporting Reality

In this session we will begin with a brief recap of the previous week’s class with an opportunity for questions. We will then move onto to a different genre of photography: Photojournalism and Documentary. Through a slide lecture led by your tutor we will discuss the challenges of visual journalism and how news photographers negotiate the ethical issues around their work.  We will also begin to look at semiotic theory to see how it offers a framework to ‘read’ the photographs that we see in the media.  We will then discuss in groups contemporary ‘post-documentary’ photography and how artists use the genre of documentary photography to communicate their ideas. This will be followed by an individual practical assignment in which you will be asked to try out some of the ideas included in the class discussion.

Week 6          Travel and Tourism

In this session we will begin with a brief recap of the previous week’s class with an opportunity for questions. We will then move onto discuss the genre of travel photography. Through a slide lecture led by your tutor we will consider the relationship of photography to tourism and we will contrast these images to the photography of travellers. We will also be continuing the exploration semiotics by looking at how the images considered communicate a message. This will be followed by an individual practical assignment in which you will be asked to try out some of the concepts discussed in class and we will take an informal look at the photographs that you produce in this assignment.

Week 7          Street Photography, Creativity and Ethics

In this session we will begin with a brief recap of the previous week’s class with an opportunity for questions.  In this session we will discuss the popular genre of street photography and the mythology of urban culture that street photography creates. We will be adding to the discussion of semiotics and visual language to analyse these themes and considering how contemporary practitioners use visual language in their street photographs. We will also consider the legal framework for street photography and how it has been affected by GDPR.  This will be followed by an individual practical assignment in which you will be asked to try out some of the ideas discussed in the classroom session and we will take an informal look at the photographs you produce.

Week 8        Photo Walk – Field Trip

In this session we will undertake a practical group field trip to try out some of the ideas that we have explored in the lectures. The field trip will take us outside Imperial College and will give you an opportunity to work individually with tutor support to undertake portrait, reportage or street photography. In this session we will aim to gather at least some of the images that we will edit in week 9.

Week 9        Copyright and the Internet

In this session we will be editing and discussing your photographs from the field trip. We will begin with an informal group ‘crit’ to look at the photographs we have taken to consider which images we might want to work on and edit, and also discuss possible ways in which the images might be edited. You will then select the image or images you want to work on and use the computer software to edit the photographs with tutorial support from your tutor. We will end this week with a classroom lecture on copyright and related media issues.

Week 10       Advanced Post Production and Website design

In this session we will use the classroom computers to work individually and as a group to set up a shared website portfolio to showcase the work that you have created on the course. Our aim will be to produce final edits of our work in Photoshop and to work together to design and curate the group website.

Additional Reading

There is no compulsory reading required for this course, and there is no set course text.

Your Tutor

Photograph of Honey Salvatori

After leaving Art School, Honey Salvadori began her career in editorial and commercial photography by working for several press offices, including the London Film Festival, and contributed to magazines including the Face and Time Out.

In the late 1980s she began working for Q magazine which led to a five year long phase of documenting bands on tour with her trademark satirical eye, including Bros, Joe Strummer and the Pogues, Texas (in Texas), the Beautiful South and L7 amongst many others.  She also worked for Vox magazine, the Telegraph and Sunday Times magazine during this time.  

Honey then went on to spend a decade as a photographer at Channel 4 and the BBC producing promotional photographs for series like the BBC’s Airport and Jailbirds and Channel 4’s Cutting Edge and the Girlie Show.  At the same time she contributed documentary features to magazines including Elle, Marie Claire and Italian Moda.

Honey is represented in numerous collections, including the National Portrait Gallery.


Course Fees and Rate Categories

HoursWeeksStandard RateInternal RateAssociate Rate
20  10  £200
£115
£155
All fee rates quoted are for the whole course.
Term dates 1

Fee Categories and Discounts

Standard Rate

  • Applicable to all except those who fall under the Internal Rate or Associate Rate category, respectively.

Internal Rate

  • Applies to current Imperial College students and staff (incl. Imperial NHS Trust, Imperial Innovations, ancillary & service staff employed on long-term contracts at Imperial College by third-party contractors).
  • Current Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication (CLCC) staff, current CLCC PhD students, Science Communication (Sci Comm) postgraduate students, and students enrolled on an Imperial College 'Language for Science' degree programme should email evening eveningclass@imperial.ac.uk before completing the online enrolment form.

Associate Rate

  • Students (non-Imperial College)
  • Alumni of Imperial College and predecessor colleges and institutes
  • City & Guilds College Association members
  • Members of the Friends of Imperial College
  • Francis Crick Institute staff, researchers and students
  • Members of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council staff
  • Harrods staff
  • Historic Royal Palaces staff
  • Natural History Museum staff
  • Science Museum staff
  • South London Botanical Institute Members
  • Victoria and Albert Museum staff
  • Royal Geographical Society staff
  • Royal College of Art and Royal College of Music tutors and other staff
  • Santander Bank staff (Imperial College Walkway branch only)
  • Austrian Cultural Forum staff
  • Staff of Exhibition Road Cultural Group (Discover South Kensington) organisations
  • Lycee Charles de Gaulle staff
  • Tutors and other staff of other universities and higher education institutions
  • Tutors and other staff of institution members of the Association of Colleges
  • Residents of postcodes SW3, SW5, SW7, SW10 and W8
  • Members of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • Members of the South London Botanical Institute (SLBI)

Late enrolment

It is possible to enrol on many CLCC Evening Class and Lunchtime Learning programmes after the course has started. For non-language courses this is subject entirely to agreement by the tutor. For language courses it is subject to agreement by the language Coordinator conducting level assessment. If you want to join a course late do bear in mind there might be work you will need to catch up on, particularly in language courses.

Applicable terms & conditions

Please read these before enrolling on any course.

Term Dates

HoursWeeksAutumn termSpring termSummer term
 20  10 n/a n/a 27 Apr - 6 Jul 2020 (10 weeks)

Enrolment Process

Web enrolment starts 1 March

Enrolment and payment run through the Imperial College eStore. Please click on the blue booking link on the relevant course page noting below instructions:

  • Our rate categories are explained on the course page and your applicable rate category must be selected on the eStore
  • First-time eStore users please create an account by entering an email address and password. These credentials should also be used for future bookings. Imperial College users please note the eStore is not a single-signon College system
  • The booking process involves entering payment details before your course choice and applicant details are queried on an in-built questionnnaire which completes the process
  • The following email notifications are sent
What is sentWhen is it sentWhat does it contain
1. Payment confirmation Instantaneously following submission of your online application
  • Confirms payment, payment date, order number and course title
  • Should not be treated as a course-enrolment confirmation which is only sent later
2. Enrolment confirmation Sent in due course but likely not before the end of March. Please treat your payment confirmation as confirmation that your applicant details and payment have been received
  • Re-onfirms your course choice
  • Shows your course's term dates
  • Confirms your course' day of the week & time
3. Programme information Usually sent Friday late afternoon the week before term starts
  • Contains further course details incl. classroom location and teacher contact information
  • Provides further general programme details
If you need further help with the above information please ring 020 7594 8756

Certificate of Attendance

Our adult education evening and daytime classes do not offer academic credits, but we do offer an attendance certificate to those learners who attend at least 80% of the taught classroom sessions. Eligible learners receive their certificate by email after the end of the course.

Any Questions?

Questions regarding the content and teaching of the above course should be sent to the course tutor, Ms Honey Salvadori, h.salvadori@imperial.ac.uk

If you have enjoyed this course, why not look at other arts and humanities evening class courses at Imperial College. This includes courses on the history of western art from ancient Greece to the nineteenth century, Understanding Modern and Design, the history of film and cinema and Greek and Roman mythology in art. We also run practical courses in art and photography and creative writing classes, and a growing programme of science based evening classes.