Documentary photography

Documentary photography is about telling compelling stories. Telling a story through a series of images is an art that requires a whole range of skills and knowledge. Throughout this five-day, practical course you will learn to plan, research, shoot and edit a photo story. You will find yourself out shooting single assignments to gain an insight into the practice and be taught through a series of tutor-guided exercises and peer critiques, where you will present and explain your work.

Topics covered

  • Introduction and history of documentary photography
  • How to communicate a story effectively in a photo story
  • How to develop creativity in your images
  • Shooting on location – daily assignments and briefs in London
  • Critiquing – individually and in groups, looking at technique, subject and personal voice
  • Editing and production - learning how to editing and sequence your photostories

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course, you will have gained an insight into the the history of documentary photography coupled with an understanding today's market place. On a more practical note, you'll have experienced researching a story and communicating it visually.  You will have developed creative, visual and technical abilities as well as learning how to edit photographs and create and present a finished photostory.

What you need to bring

 A DSLR camera, memory cards, extra batteries, laptop (with Adobe Lightroom)


4 weeks


Coming soon 


£400 (inc. VAT)

About your tutor: Celine Marchbank

Celine is a documentary photographer specialising in British-based stories, looking at the small details of everyday life. She has a BA Honours degree in graphic design, and worked as a designer for a few years before making the move into photography completing an MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at The London College of Communication. Her first major documentary project Tulip, about the last year of her mother's life, was shortlisted for the European Publishers Award, the Deutsche Bank Awards, a Lucie Scholarship, and was a finalist of the International Photography Award Emergentes DST.The project was also exhibited both nationally and internationally.

Based in London, Celine works for commercial and editorial clients and on personal projects. She recently completed the Hereford Photography Festival Commission documenting the River Wye in Hereford, which was ‘Honourably Mentioned’ at the 2013 Magenta Awards. Her work has been published by clients including The Telegraph Saturday Magazine, The Independent Saturday Magazine, and has been exhibited internationally: Hereford Photography Festival, HotShoe Gallery, The London Festival of Photography, Finnish Museum of Photography, Proud Gallery, The Affordable Art Fair, Encontros Da Imagem Festival Portugal, Arles Photography Festival France.

Any questions?

Please contact us on shortcourses@rave.ac.uk

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