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Image and Imagination

For close to 200 years photographers have been portraying the world in its infinite variety, at its best and worst. And throughout that time some photographers have also used the camera as a tool of the imagination. This course explores the fascinating story of the photography of fantasy, invention and ideas, a story which is becoming increasingly exciting in the digital age. Suitable for photography enthusiasts and for people with a more general interest in art.


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What topics are covered?

Louis Daguerre’s first photographs, produced in the 1830s at the inception of this world-changing medium, are of interiors in his house in Paris. Perhaps the very first of his photographs was exposed to light by accident and found later, inside a cupboard, as a latent image. But what Daguerre first chose to capture with this new medium were plaster statues and objects, formally arranged together, like still life paintings from two centuries earlier. Daguerre was already an able and established painter in the romantic tradition, and was even an early installation artist. His photographs not only triggered the new but extended longstanding creative traditions into a new medium.

This course will look at photography, not primarily in terms of technique, composition or truth to life (important though these are) but as a series of decisions motivated by emotions, states of mind, agendas, arguments and imaginative responses to the world, as well as to what it looks like and what it does. The concerns of art. But not only art; science, politics, poetry, psychology, fantasy, fear and desire have all spurred photographers to produced thousands upon thousands of memorable images. A process apparently without end.

Over ten weeks the course will explore the work of the famous and the anonymous as they have reimagined and extended the themes of portraiture, landscape, the city, nature, identity, the self, cultural expression, social change, political and military conflict, the city, the suburb and diminishing wilderness etc., etc., etc. This won’t be a simple journey through history but an investigation of how past investigations and achievements by photographers interact with a digital age in which everything is possible and good reasons for making a photograph are more important than ever.

Who is the course aimed at?

Suitable for photography enthusiasts and for people with a more general interest in art.

Who will be my tutor?

Name:Geoff Dunlop


Geoff Dunlop is an artist curator and writer. He has had a camera close to hand since early childhood. Still and moving images are essential to his work as an artist curator, where he combines his often largescale digital prints and projections with the approach of a painter and installation artist. He makes exhibitions and shows work in Bath, Bristol and London, and occasionally in Europe, North America and Asia. Before establishing himself in the visual arts, Geoff travelled the world as an award winning filmmaker and photographer. His films have been seen on every continent except Antarctica and his photographs have been published in books, magazines and newspapers. His films on art and artists have been shown at the Tate, National and ICA galleries in London; the Metropolitan, Whitney and Broadcasting museums in New York; and the Pompidou centre in Paris.

How will I learn?

Lecture, group discussion,

Where will I need to go on my first day?

On your first day, please report to the Reception in the Roper Building at City Centre Campus.

What do I need to bring?

Writing materials or tablet/laptop if you prefer

What else do I need to know?

When you have been enrolled on your course you will receive a confirmation email containing information about where to go, campus information, parking and the Student Code of Conduct. This email will be sent to the email address provided in the online booking.You will be required to wear a photographic ID badge at all times when in College. Please email a passport style photograph stating your full name and course title in the subject line to StudentID@bathcollege.ac.uk

To avoid disappointment, please make sure you enrol on your chosen course early. Decisions regarding running or cancelling a course are made one week prior to the start of the course. If a course is cancelled, you will be informed and your course fees refunded in full. Please see Terms and Conditions of Enrolment.The course will not run on bank holidays or during half term. Please check the term dates.

Cancelling your enrolment

If you have to cancel your enrolment please notify us by email: info@bathcollege.ac.uk as soon as possible.

Refunds will not be issued if a learner is unable to attend due to a change of mind including concerns about Covid-19, accommodation, domestic circumstances, work commitments or if the College requires a learner to leave for reasons of conduct.

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Where can I find out more information?

If you need help or answers to specific questions, please contact the Student Advice Centre on 01225 312191 ext 720 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk.

How do I enrol?

You can enrol on this course:

Online: Click the "Add to Cart" button to enrol online.
Phone: Call 01225 328720 during our opening hours
Post: Download the Love2learn Learning Agreement and send to Student Advice Centre, Bath College, Avon Street, Bath BA1 1UP.
In person: Visit the Student Advice Centre in either of our campuses

Please see how to enrol for more detailed information.


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