Documentary Photography


I am teaching a range of short-courses at London College of Communication.

I’ve always loved to teach and it amazes me how much I learn from students and their progress each time. It is especially great to see students who come from a non-photographic background finding a voice of their own and create beautifully photographed stories with great storytelling as well.

The camera can capture communities and situations for posterity, it also allows you to step back, reflect and comment.
The course is very hands on, although we do touch on the theoretical parts of documentary photography. Much of the time you’ll find yourself out shooting single assignments, off to museums and exhibitions, as well as going through your work with the tutor and your fellow students in the computer room (we work in Adobe Photoshop – there will be a short introduction, so no need to know these programs before).

The reportage itself is meant to be shot between the parts of the course, so that means that you’ll have some days to work on your chosen story. It is up to you what you end up shooting, but we will go through this in class as to enable you to choose the best story, as it’s such a vital part of photography. Apart from the main reportage you’ll find yourself out shooting portraits of your fellow students, and there’s also a whole day dedicated to street photography, in order for us to talk about what makes a good picture and technical ways of bringing it alive.

The course is taught through a series of tutor-guided exercises and peer critiques, where you will present and explain your work. During the course you will shoot and edit a series of images to use in your portfolio. You will learn how to critique your classmates’ work, in order to get a better understanding of the different approaches to the genre and to help each other edit their work.

Topics Covered:
History of documentary photography
How to spot a good story
Introduction to photographic text
Various approaches to the documentary genre
How to critique others’ work

Course Outcomes:
By the end of this course you should be able to:
Demonstrate a clear understanding of what working in documentary photography entails
Have a basic knowledge of the history of documentary photography
Select and apply appropriate tools to research
Spot a good story as well as develop it into a project
Shoot, edit and present a documentary story in a coherent way

Who Should Attend:
Photographers and enthusiasts wishing develop their practice or those interested in pursuing a degree in documentary photography or photojournalism

Beginner/Intermediate: You should have basic computer knowledge and knowledge of how to use a camera competently and be able to transfer images from your camera to a computer.

About the Tutor:
Anders is a London based award winning documentary photographer and educator with more than 15 years experience within the world of photojournalism and documentary photography. He specializes in new forms of communication within visual media.

Anders’ practice revolves around visual storytelling in documentary. His work has a strong humanistic focus as he is interested in human society and the impact we have on our environment and each other.

Anders comes from a photojournalistic background and have a BA in Photojournalism from the prestigious Danish School of Journalism and an MA in Documentary Photography from the renowned London College of Communication.

His photography is now more observant. In Anders’ own words; “Instead of taking pictures in the situation, I take pictures of the situation.”

Anders has been working in most areas of the world. His latest long-term project revolves around the Syrian civil war where he has travelled extensively since 2011. His work has been published in a wide range of magazines and newspapers, exhibited at a range of galleries including The Photographers Gallery and Anders has also published a book with his work from Syria which was presented at CPH:LITT, the literature festival of Copenhagen.

Gallery of previous students work:

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