Category Archives: U3AC Photography Courses

Cambridge U3A – Five Facets of Photography

I’ve put forward a proposal for a new course in 2021-22. Photography, like all of the arts, does not exist in a vacuum, yet too often we take photographs at face value, paying attention to what they are of rather … Continue reading

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Women in Photography

The story of Merci Lack and The Dig (blog 17th February 2021) is a reminder of how until comparatively recently women as photographers have been forgotten, ignored or written out of the history of the medium:  they make only brief … Continue reading

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U3AC Photography – The Telling Image

So, the course I ran on-line in the autumn seems to have been well-received.  Of the 30% of attendees who bothered to give formal feedback the majority thought it was excellent or good against a range of criteria, giving an … Continue reading

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U3A Cambridge 2020-21 Photography: The Telling Image 5

Following on from my earlier posts, here are the comments and my responses on issues raised by Module 5, which looked at ambiguity and veracity in photography. TB:  I think you sum up the ambiguity/veracity debate precisely in simply one … Continue reading

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U3A Cambridge 2020-21 Photography: The Telling Image 4 – Art and Photography Quiz

As part  of module 4 we set the class a challenge to look at the examples of work by 30 living photographers/artists using photography and decide whether they considered them to be ‘art’,  ‘not art’ or ‘don’t know’.   The  thirty … Continue reading

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U3A Cambridge 2020-21 Photography: The Telling Image 4

Following on from my post on 29th November, here are some edited highlights and my responses on issues raised by Module 4, which looked at art and photography. CA:  I checked websites, hoping my attitude to some of the photographs … Continue reading

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U3A Cambridge 2020-21 Photography: The Telling Image 3

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Following on from my post on 15th November, here are some edited highlights and my responses on issues raised by Module 3, which looked at image and identity in photography KB: The Arnold Newman photo of Stravinsky (below) really struck … Continue reading

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U3AC 2020-21 Photography: The Telling Image 2

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Following on from my post on 9th November, here are some edited highlights and my responses on issues raised by Module 2, which looked at photography a means of engagement with society GM: I was glad to see that some … Continue reading

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U3AC 2020-21 Photography: The Telling Image 1

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In autumn 2019 Jane Lynas and I ran a course, Photography: The Telling Image, for the Cambridge U3A, see post 13th December 2019.  We are repeating it this year, though as a series of five on-line modules. The course looks … Continue reading

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Photography in three words

One of the people on my U3AC course ‘Photography: The Telling Image’ has been struggling to know what to photograph during these constrained times – his main interest is around live music events.  I can understand how he feels, though … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum 2020 Challenge #6

Twelve participants contributed 32 images in response to Tim Ewbank’s challenge to take photographs in two categories, close-up and book titles.  The 18 close ups included 12 diverse subjects, from seeds to a camera and spiders to calligraphy, with some … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum Challenge #4

Sixteen participants contributed 43 images in response to Tim Ewbank’s challenge to photograph something beginning with ‘T’.  T’s came as nouns and adjectives, concrete and abstract, from trees, tea sets and the Thames to threats, time and translucence.  Eric Smith … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum Challenge #3

Thirteen participants contributed 40 images in response to Tim’s third challenge.  The four subjects set and number of contributions were: old and new (8); the ‘they’ cave (6); household objects (5) and a splash of colour (21).   We Zoomed … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum Challenge #2

Seventeen participants contributed 56 images in response to Tim’s second challenge.  The four subjects set and number of contributions were: in the garden (17); shape & texture (14); collections (12); light & dark (12); plus one outside the categories.    … Continue reading

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The Telling Image

Since photographs became a possibility in the 1830s we have become surrounded by them, never more so than in our digital age. How have we got here? How do we understand and react to the images we see? J and … Continue reading

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