International Urban Photography Summer School


Designed for photographers, artists and researchers whose work address notions of urban space and culture, the international Urban Photography Summer School provides a highly intensive two-week practical and theoretical training in key aspects of urban visual practice and research. The course aims to offer participants a wide range of relevant skills resulting in the production of a photography portfolio drawn from London’s urban environments along with a collective final exhibition.

The programme has been developed in collaboration with the Centre for Urban and Community Research (CUCR), Goldsmiths University London, the Urban Photographers’ Association (UPA), UrbanPhotoFest and the international Association of Visual Urbanists (iAVU). The course will be taught by tutors from Goldsmiths’ Sociology Department and the international MA in Photography and Urban Cultures. The programme draws on the advanced theoretical, research and practical image-making specialisms of key practitioners in the field.

Summer School tutors include: Paul Halliday (MA in Photography and Urban Cultures Course Leader), Les Back (Goldsmiths), Caroline Knowles (Goldsmiths), Mandy Lee Jandrell (Southampton Solent University/ Goldsmiths), Peter Coles (Goldsmiths), Manuel Vázquez (Goldsmiths), Laura Cuch (Goldsmiths and UCL), Diego Ferrari (Kingston University), David Kendall (Goldsmiths) and Gill Golding.

The programme will explore how the practice of urban image-making informs the development of a reflexive and critical research perspective and will include assignments and guided fieldtrips focusing on (1) Urban Landscapes and Architectures, (2) Urban Materialities and Objects (3) Street-based photography and Portraiture.

The Summer School will take place from 13th-25th August 2018. Application Deadline is 30th June 2018


The Summer School will provide participants with a structured framework of theoretical talks, discussions and debates, visual presentations, critiques and assignments culminating in a self directed visual project focusing on the urban domain. This will lead to the development of a photographic portfolio reflecting their individual interest and visual practice in relation to urban research. Participants may wish to use this portfolio for the accumulation of degree credits, as a portfolio when applying for a further degree programme, or as a form of visual and theoretical self-development. At the end of the Summer School a curated salon exhibition will be organized from a selection of participants’ photographs. Previous participants have gone on to successfully apply for MA programmes in photography or related visual programmes (including the MA PUC at Goldsmiths, University of London) or to use the intensive programme as part of their doctoral visual training component. Other summer school members have included undergraduate students from social science and visual arts backgrounds who wish to expand their knowledge of the field and to work on an intensive, highly focused visual outcome.

iUPSS was a cathartic experience involving new thinking, new friends and the introduction of a rich vein of photographic talent and intelligence. The tutors displayed a diversity of styles, passion, informed opinion and a commitment to urban photography and the concerns of our time. An exceptional experience.

The program’s combination of urbanism, photography, and the opportunity to learn from a global city such as London richly met my objective to gain a more astute grasp of how to use images effectively to convey, elicit, and provoke critical ideas about urban culture and social space. As an educator, I found the program pedagogically inspiring as well.

The experience has been so intense and so incredibly enriching that I can’t believe I have learnt so much. I go with my mind open to new horizons and other project’s possibilities…

It exceeded all my expectations of what I could achieve in two weeks! I think the Summer School may be one of those turning points that I look back on in years to come and know that’s where it all started.


A new book project from Mandy Lee Jandrell

Mandy Lee Jandrell is in the process of editing a book project that extends her work that looks at global constructed leisure environments and their reconstructions of nature and myth.  Mandy will be working on this project during the summer and we are looking forward to seeing some of this work during summer school.

Urban Photographers Association

Discover the Urban Photographers’ Association and see how our tutors turn their visual and sensory research into practice. You can follow the UPA on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and at the  Urban Photographers Association.




Peter Coles

Peter is continuing his work on the Urban Forest. As co-initiator with the Conservation Foundation of the Morus Londinium project to research and document London’s heritage of old mulberry trees Peter uses contemporary photography and archive material to map urban change over the past centuries.

From 5-7 May 2017 Peter will be leading a UPA/Goldsmiths workshop on “Cartographies” in collaboration with the University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP).

In collaboration with the Museum of Walking, Peter is leading several urban walks, using significant trees as waypoints. Most of these walks are in London Tree Week at the end of May, with funding from the Greater London Authority, London Metropolitan Archive and Conservation Foundation.

Engaging in Urban Image Making

Gill Golding, one of our tutors, is co-organising a symposium on 28 April 2017 which will be held at Goldsmiths, University of London.  Speakers include some of our International Urban Photography Summer School tutors.   Tickets are free, but booking is essential – please email Anita Strasser at so302as@gold.ac.uk.  You can find out more about the event here:  https://engaginginurbanimagemaking.wordpress.com

Port – ‘The Streets of the World’

Port  – ‘The Streets of the World’ is a research project by Diego Ferrari, one of our International Urban Photography Summer School tutors.  The link below  takes you to a series of fine art photographs which form part of Diego’s current research on migration, displacement and identity.




News from previous students: Carla Duarte

Carla attended the International Urban Photography Summer School in 2013.  She describes it as an amazing experience of intensive learning, which taught her the importance of using images and visual narratives as a tool to analyse urban space and urban phenomena which she started to include in her architectural professional practice. These two weeks also allowed her to meet people with whom she started working with in photographic projects and made her want to return to London and Goldsmiths whenever she can. Carla briefly sums up the experience by saying “It made me quite a different person”.

News from previous students: Kamal Badhey

Kamal finished Summer School in 2011.  She was a public school teacher in New York City at the time.  She ended up spending her summer in London and learning about urbanism.  At the time, she didn’t realize how it would alter her life path.   She ended up changing her career, leaving teaching and starting a Masters in Photography and Urban Cultures at Goldsmiths in 2013.  Right now, she is still photographing and collaborating with non-profits in New York City working with mentors and youth in the Bronx and Harlem.  She still teaches, but mostly photography.  Kamal definitely feels that Summer School brought back her photographic spark that will last her whole life.


The Practice of Walking

‘The Practice of Walking’ is practice-based action research generated through experiential learning, artistic exchange and reflective evaluation. David Kendall’s ongoing project evolves via personal projects, commissions, exhibitions, workshops, conferences, interviews, screenings and presentations of international photography projects exploring collaboration, memory, photographic archives and authorship. As a result, project work aims to encourage the development of socially engaged and critical pedagogy informed by photography, soundscapes and the built environment. Moreover, to investigate how visual communication and digital storytelling could be utilised to discover, question and situate spatial and social awareness of economic migration, asylum and refuge, homelessness, sensory disability, housing and health in cities. Read more about David’s collaborations, methods and practice in Engaged Urbanism and Migration Across Boundaries: Linking Research to Practice and Experience and on his website at: www.david-kendall.co.uk

Festival of Political Photography 2017

Laura Cuch is one of the photographers exhibiting at the Festival of Political Photography 2017, in Helsinki. This year’s edition of the festival is titled ‘Post-Food’ and shows a range of visual work that focus on political, social and environmental dimensions of food.

The film Spiritual Flavours is the main feature of Laura Cuch’s exhibition, which also provides a foretaste of a the forthcoming ‘multi-faith’ photographic cookbook as part of the Spiritual Flavours project.

The exhibition takes place at STOA, alongside The Non-Egypcian Restaurant by Asunción Molinos Gordo from 4th February to 30th March.


Photography Art and Performativity

In the summer of 2016, Diego Ferrari was in charge of the creative workshop entitled Photography Art and Performativity for Northeastern University’s architecture programme during their semester in Barcelona.  Following the programme he was invited to publish the methodology and concept that he put into practice during the fieldwork.  This is published in Common Ground, Volume 1: Discourses – by the School of Architecture, Northeastern University College of Art, Media and Design, Boston, USA in collaboration with Enric Miralles Foundation and Mies van der Rohe Foundation Barcelona.

You can read the publication here:  https://issuu.com/neuarchitecture/docs/common_ground_v1r

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