city landscape

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

Covid Guarantee

This course is backed by our Covid Guarantee

At a Glance

  • Outdoors and live online
  • 2 hours a week
  • Thursdays 18:00 - 20:00
  • 10 weeks: April to June
  • Tutor: Honey Salvadori
  • Fees from £120 to £205
  • Imperial College attendance certificate (T&Cs apply)
  • Book from 1 March 2021
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This course is backed by our Covid Guarantee. Please see below for details.

This is a practical course in creative photography, delivered online and on photowalks for people who would like to explore their environment and create a visual representation of the city. The course is aimed at all levels of experience, so if you've only just started taking photographs, or already have some knowledge of photography, this course will help you to develop your creative practice.

The course comprises a mixture of online lectures, delivered with Zoom, and photowalks, undertaken as a group, that are designed to give you an opportunity to explore the ideas that we will discuss in the lecture sessions. Due to COVID restrictions there will be two photowalks scheduled for 5 students at a time. Throughout the course you will also be introduced to the work of practitioners that have used the themes that we will be discussing to create visual stories, and you will analyse how they conceive and produce their images.

Our aim is that you will end the course with a portfolio of images that can form the foundation of your ongoing individual photography practice.

You will need your own camera, or phone camera, and photo editing software, options for editing software for computers and devices will be discussed in the first session.

Class size is limited to 10 participants.

Online Access to Course

For the online aspects of this course, these will be taught live which means you will be taught alongside other students on the course by a tutor at a specific time on a specific day of the week. For the sessions due to be delivered online, you will need a suitably equipped and internet-enabled device. Please find full details and instructions below under 'Course Delivery'.

Attendance Certificate

Those who attend at least 80% of the course sessions will receive an attendance certificate from Imperial College London upon completion of the course.

Course Information

Covid Guarantee

We take the issue of covid-19 in our community very seriously and we will always abide by government regulations set in place to limit the spread of covid-19.

This course includes a number of group field trips and everyone who signs up for the course must make themselves aware of the government regulations concerning social distancing, wearing of masks and other matters relating to preventing the spread of covid-19, and abide by them. It is a requirement of this course that all participants abide by these government regulations.

If the government guidelines in place at the time of the start of the course make it impossible for the course to run with the field trips in place we will cancel the course and offer a full refund to all those who have signed up for the course.

If the government guidelines change after the start of the course and make it impossible for the course to continue with the field trips in place we will cancel the remaining sessions of the course and offer a partial refund equal to the cancelled remaining sessions.

This course is limited to a maximum of 10 people.

Course Programme

Course Programme (subject to possible modification)

Week 1: Introduction

  • This will be an introduction to the course in which we will discuss the creative potential of the environment that we live in and we will also explore the work of some contemporary street photographers and their diverse approaches to image making.
  • You will sign up to the course social media and we will also discuss Photo Editing Software and the cameras that you will be using.

Week 2: Photowalk 1

  • This week we will go on our first photowalk to an agreed location during which we will explore the different approaches to street photography that we discussed in the Week 1 lecture.

Week 3Visionary Tradition in London

  • We will begin this session with a group tutorial on the pictures that you have produced on the photowalk.
  • This week we will look at the Visionary Tradition in London and the creative works that have emerged about the city over the centuries. We will focus in particular, on the work of Daniel Defoe and the gothic representation of the City that his writing initiated. You will be given an assignment based on this for the following week’s photowalk.
  • We will also have a technical workshop on basic photo editing.

Week 4Photowalk 2

  • This week we will go on a photowalk that follows the topography of Daniel Defoe’s City of London and challenge ourselves to explore history to photograph the past in the present.

Week 5Parisian tradition of the Flaneur

  • We will begin this session with a group tutorial on the pictures that you have produced on the photowalk.
  • This week we will look at the Parisian tradition of the Flaneur and how the Surrealists used this to explore the unconscious and to develop images that emerged from a sense of ‘depaysment’. You will be given an assignment based on this for the following week’s photowalk. 
  • We will also have a technical workshop on photo editing.

Week 6Photowalk 3

  • This week’s photowalk will focus on getting lost. We will pick a random destination and let our ‘depaysment’ guide us when we photograph our destination.

Week 7: Photographic technique and editing

  • We will begin this session with a group tutorial on the pictures that you have produced on the photowalk. 
  • We will continue to consider photographic technique and editing in preparation for our next topic.

Week 8Guy Debord and the Situationists

  • This week we will look at the ideas of Guy Debord and the Situationists and their manifesto about how our environment is constructed and the emotional impact of this constructed spectacle that we live in. Are we living in the Matrix?

Week 9Photowalk 3

  • During this week’s photowalk we will explore our emotional response to the environment and collect images that can be used to construct our own spectacle. 

Week 10: Final session

  • We will begin this session with a group tutorial on the pictures that you have produced on the photowalk.
  • To end the course we will set up a shared website portfolio to showcase your work.

Course Materials

You will also need your own camera, or phone camera, and photo editing software, options for editing software for computers and devices will be discussed in the first session.

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 Delivery

All our online courses are taught live which means you will be taught alongside other students on the course by a tutor at a specific time. To take part in the course you must be able to attend the online session at the time stated for the course description.

All times stated are British Standard Time.

To take part you will need a computer, or laptop, or tablet computer, connected to the Internet. The device you use will also need to have a camera, microphone and speakers. Most devices now have these built in, but if not you might have to buy them from a computer shop and to connect them to your device.

Zoom

This course will use Zoom as its online delivery method. Zoom is very easy to use and you do not need to set up a Zoom account to use it. Near the date of your first online session you will be sent an email with a web address (or URL) that will allow you to access the course. This is called the Course Link. All you need do is click on the Course Link in the email and you will be asked to enter your name. This is the name that will be seen by your tutor and other students in the class.

Once you have entered your name you might be asked to enter a password to enter the class. The password will be included in the email sent to you. Once you enter the password you will either be taken directly into the class, or asked to wait in a virtual waiting room until the tutor is ready to let you into the class.

We have also produced a Handy Guide to Zoom [pdf] which gives you basic information on how to use it.

All courses lasting two hours have a 10 minute break in the middle.  For one hour courses there is no break.

Course Fees and Rate Categories

HoursWeeksStandard RateInternal RateAssociate Rate
20  10  £205 £120 £160
All fee rates quoted are for the whole course     Please note there is no early-bird discount available for the April intake courses

Rate 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 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
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Members of the London Zoological Society
  • Members of the Kennel Club

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 the Terms and Conditions [pdf] before enrolling on any course.

Term Dates

HoursWeeksAutumn termSpring termSummer term
 20  10 n/a n/a w/c 26 Apr - w/e 4 Jul 2021 (10 weeks)

Enrolment Process

Web enrolment starts 1 March 2021

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

Any Questions?

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.