Undergraduate Degree




DP3008 Location Experiences in Photography

[Studio Contact Hours: 39 hours; Pre-requisites: DP2005; Academic Unit: 3.0]




Academic Unit


3 AU

Course Description


Learning Objective

To introduce to students the ethical and practical issues surrounding location photography. This course will centre around the production of a body of work done in response to a two week travel experience.


Centring around a two week travel experience this course will explore the boundaries of location photography. Lectures, readings and discussions prior to travel will provide technical and creative support for location projects. Ethical issues surrounding photographic representation and production will be presented and discussed. The students may mediate their photographic response to the location through such genres as documentary, portraiture and landscape. A strong emphasis on establishing a personal position to the particulars of the location is a core component of this course. Whilst on location the students will be required to keep written journals detailing an informed account of all that they do. Towards the end of the course the student will print, mount, curate and prepare for a group exhibition of selected work. This course is best suited for students who have a sense of adventure and strong interest in other cultures.

Course Outline



1 - 2

• Technical workshops relevant to location photography

• Introduction to the ethical issues surrounding photographic representation and of ethnographical issues

• Introduction to the history and culture of a particular place

• Initial identification of topical focus

3 - 4

• Travel to location

• Identification and development of topical focus

• Production of photographic work

• Keeping of written journal of all relevant activities


• Discussion of work produced and appraisal of achievements

• Selection of work for final show


• Final review of assignments

Learning Outcome

The students will be aware of the practice-based issues surrounding the subject of location experiences in photography. The students will be aware of the practical, creative and ethical issues surround the representation of ‘otherness’ in a body of work.

Student Assessment

  1. Final Assessment: 40%

  2. Continuous Assessment: 60% (of which at least 15% is participation)

Continuous assessment components may include:

  • Studio-based exercises and projects

  • Individual, group and team-based assignments


    1. John Berger, David Levi Strauss, Between the Eyes: Essays on Photography And Politics, Aperture

    2. David Feaherstone (Ed), Observations: Essays on Documentary Photography, The friends of Photography

    3. Julianne H Newton, The Burden of Visual Truth: The role of Photojournalism in Mediating Reality, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates

    4. Catherine A Lutz, Jane L Collins, Reading National Geographic, The University of Chicago Press