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Visual Literacy for Photographers

  • MAGNET Level 2, 640 Bourke Street Melbourne, Victoria, 3000 Australia (map)

Short Course by Dr Hugh Hudson


Enrolments are open for a short course in visual literacy for photographers at Magnet Galleries Melbourne. Over five Thursday evenings in November and December, each session will have a presentation on histories and theories of a different visual genre: portraiture, landscape, the nude/body, street photography, and social documentary—with an emphasis on acknowledging the ethical considerations involved in photography and recognising the ideological nature of image making.

Course notes and lists of suggested readings will be provided. As well as participating in discussions, students are invited to show their own photographic work in these genres for feedback from a qualified and experienced assessor as well as the class. The course is intended for anyone with an interest in developing the ideas underpinning their photography. At the end of the course students should have a greater knowledge of the historical origins of each genre, a deeper understanding of some of the key theoretical discussions surrounding them, and be more familiar with some of the leading contemporary practitioners and the visual languages they employ.


  • 19 Nov 2015, 6:30pm to 8:30pm
  • 26 Nov 2015, 6:30pm to 8:30pm
  • 3 Dec 2015, 6:30pm to 8:30pm
  • 10 Dec 2015, 6:30pm to 8:30pm
  • 17 Dec 2015, 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Cost: $250 for the 5-week series

Booking Details: Call MAGNET on (03) 8589 0371

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About the Teacher

Hugh Hudson has an MA and PhD in Art History and has taught at The University of Melbourne and La Trobe University, and worked at the Ian Potter Museum and the National Gallery of Victoria. He has won scholarships to The British Museum and The Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and held the Dr Joseph Brown AO Fellowship at The State Library of Victoria. His research covers a wide range of media and periods, from medieval manuscripts to contemporary multimedia, and his work has been published internationally. For the past four years he has been at Photography Studies College (Melbourne), where he oversaw the graduation of two cohorts of Bachelor of Photography students, with a third to graduate soon. He also convened two Ballarat International Foto Biennale symposia for the College.

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