Course: The Written Eye - Poetry & Photography

25 Apr 2018 – 30 May 2018

Regular hours

11:00 – 19:00
11:00 – 19:00
11:00 – 19:00
11:00 – 19:00
11:00 – 19:00

Cost of entry

£220 / £200 concessions

The Photographers' Gallery

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Just off Oxford Street so accessible by bus services to Oxford Street and a 2 minute walk from Oxford Circus Tube Station.

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Over six weeks writer and artist SJ Fowler leads an exploration of the post-war traditions of modern photography and avant-garde poetry in both practice and theory.


As forms of artistic expression, both poetry and photography can convey a narrative or story without certainty or mere description. However both the poetic or photographic act are often still perceived as solitary, occurring in isolation. This course reveals the connections, potentials and co-habitations of poetry and photography, where collaboration enhances each medium whilst evoking what makes them so uniquely compelling. 

Participants will discover poets from around the world and many photographers who have exhibited at The Photographer’s Gallery, as the course covers ideas surrounding composition, language, light, sound, space, printing, narrative and writing, revealing how these practises are fundamental to both arts. Collaborations between the media, from Dada to John Berger and Jean Mohr, will be shared and analysed throughout.

Sessions are based in the galleries, where participants can share their own poetic and photographic works alongside the exhibitions, as well as through the gallery blog.

Primarily a practice-based course, complimented with discussion and theory, this course will offer anybody interested in the visual or literary a chance to develop their own skills and understanding of new and original ways of simultaneously seeing and reading. No prior experience is necessary.

Exhibiting artists

SJ Fowler


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