Photography, Alchemy and the Artists' Book

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  • Level(s) of study: Short course
  • Study mode(s): Short course
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: 20 July 2020
  • Course duration: Monday to Friday 10 am - 4 pm, two weeks

On this course you will create innovative images that combine digital technology with primitive photographic processes.


This practical course combines digital photography, darkroom processes and the self-published artists’ book.

You will begin by refreshing your knowledge of digital photography as well as improving your awareness of contemporary photography at a local, national and international level.

You will learn simple and effective darkroom techniques that are used by today's artists and designers.

These techniques will enable you to engage with the past and identify with the history of photography and its early pioneers.

In your second week you will apply this knowledge to exploring craft-based presentation skills, namely the artists’ book.

No previous experience is required, although owning a digital camera and knowing the basics of working in manual mode is useful.

By the end of the course you will have put on a mini exhibition of your darkroom prints and created a contemporary hand-crafted book!

This course is also part of the NTU Global Summer School which attracts undergraduate students from colleges around the world.

Tutor profiles: Dizzy Ink (Benjamin Kay and Craig Proud) are photographers, designers and image makers who specialise in print and book arts.

As well as teaching at NTU they have their own print studio, Dizzy Ink in Nottingham city centre.

"Great tutors. Great teaching. Great projects." V

"I love this course. We had two handsome professors teaching us." C

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Any questions?

Contact the short course team:

Email: creativeshortcourses@ntu.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813

What you'll study

During the course you will:

  • learn about alternative photographic processes
  • draw on established ideas and principles to develop a personal approach to photography and define your own project
  • create innovative images that combine digital technology with primitive photographic processes
  • learn how to select handmade books
  • learn the basic techniques of Adobe InDesign to produce effective layouts
  • print your work using digital printing methods and learn about the print process
  • choose the appropriate binding method for your publication
  • hear how artists are using these techniques today
  • learn how different methods can be adopted for different audiences
  • choose the appropriate method to complete an innovative piece of artwork.

Fees and funding

The fee for this course is £990.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

The fee for this course is £990.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

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