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: May to July
  • 2 hours weekly online taught time
  • Tutor: Honey Salvadori
  • Fees from £67 to £117
Booking link

Photography: Practice and Communication is a practical photography course, delivered online, for people who want to develop their photography skills 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.

The course comprises a mixture of online lectures delivered with Microsoft Teams and photographic assignments that you can undertake in or around your home.  The practical assignments are designed to give you experience of the concepts discussed in the classroom sessions.

Whilst you are working on your assignments during the week, you will be able to receive one to one tuition via the Printspace Hub file sharing facility (instructions for signing up for this will be provided in the first online session). You will then upload your finished assignments to the Photography: Practice Theory Facebook Group (or a Google Drive folder) ready for a group tutorial in the following online lecture session. 

In the online lectures, 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.


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. We will discuss how creative photographers express ideas and how technology has advanced their creativity. You will sign up to the course social media and will be given your first photography assignment after the lecture.

Week 2         Portraits, History and Visual Language

We will begin the session with a group tutorial on the pictures that you have produced during the week.  This will be followed by a 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 assignment to gain practical experience of the concepts that we will have discussed.

Week 3         Visual Research and Developing a Concept

We will begin the session with a group tutorial on the pictures that you have produced during the week. This will be followed by a lecture. We will then move on to discuss visual research and art direction in photography. We will look at how ideas are communicated visually in photography and how you can use visual research to develop concepts for your photographs. This week’s assignment will ask you to create a visual theme for the next week’s assignment.

Week 4         Portraits and Lighting

We will begin the session with a group tutorial on your art direction assignment.  This will be followed by a lecture. This week will include a discussion of lighting and portraiture and how you can create similar effects within your home.  We will also consider formal portraiture and self-portraits.  We will consider the practicalities of creating visual impact with your subjects or just with yourself.

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

We will begin the session with a group tutorial on the pictures that you have produced during the week.  This will be followed by a lecture. This week we will move onto a new genre of photography:  Photojournalism and Documentary.  We will discuss the challenges of visual journalism and how news photographers negotiate the ethical issues around their work.  We will also consider semiotic theory that offers a framework to ‘read’ the photographs that we see in the media.  This week’s assignment will challenge you to create a visual document of your experience during social isolation.

Week 6          Post Documentary Photography

We will begin the session with a group tutorial on the pictures that you have produced during the week.  This will be followed by a lecture. This week’s discussion will focus on the genre that has been called Post Documentary.  We will consider the creative potential of mixing fiction and documentary and also how it questions the notion of truth. You will then be given an assignment to create your own post documentary report.

Week 7          Travel and Tourism

We will begin the session with a group tutorial on the pictures that you have produced during the week. This will be followed by a lecture. This week we will move on to discuss the genre of travel photography. We will consider the relationship of photography to tourism and we will contrast these images to the photography of travellers. We will also be adding to the discussion of semiotics that we began in week 5 by looking at how the images considered communicate a message. This week’s practical assignment will ask you to use some of the concepts discussed in class to create a travel project close to home. 

Week 8        Visual Mythologies

We will begin the session with a group tutorial on the pictures that you have produced during the week. This will be followed by a lecture. This week’s lecture will focus on Semiotic theory and how we ‘read’ visual images. We will analyse visual language and how cultures create visual mythologies and you will be asked to write your own analysis of the images we will viewing. . This week’s practical assignment will ask you to use some of the concepts discussed in class to create your own visual myths.

Week 9        Copyright and the Internet

We will begin the session with a group tutorial on the pictures that you have produced during the week. This will be followed by a lecture. In this session we will discuss copyright and related media issues.

Week 10       Advanced Post Production and Website Design 

In this session we will set up a shared website portfolio to showcase the work that you have created on the course.

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  £117 £67 £90
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 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
  • NHS staff (other than Imperial NHS Trust staff)
  • 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 w/c 11 May - w/c 13 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
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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 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

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.