Photography A Level

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Getting Ahead

Photography A Level at Alton Campus

Are you studying Photography A Level at Alton in September? You’re in the right place!

Our teachers have put together some work to help you prep for your course over the summer. Start to develop skills that are relevant to your course before you join HSDC Alton this September.

Contribute! If you take your own creative photos over the summer, use #iamcreativeathsdcalton and join our creative community.

student taking a photo of someone in a photography studio

The Invention of Photography: Sir John Herschel, William Henry Fox Talbot and Anna Atkins

portraits of sir john herschel, william henry fox talbot and anna atkins

Please write an illustrated essay (with pictures!), linking the connections between Sir John Herschel (1792-1871), William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877) and Anna Atkins (1799-1871).

  • Find out some biographical information: for example, where they lived, provide a map if this helps. How did they all know each other?
  • Most importantly, look at their individual contributions to the invention of photography. Write about the processes they pioneered and used. Give as much information as you can find and provide images to back up your writing!
  • Please word process your essay and include a bibliography of where you found all your information.
  • Use textbooks as well as the internet and please interpret in your own words.

TOP TIP: If you find it easier you can ‘bullet point’ the information that you find!

Some useful sites for research –

For the first time, the Tate Modern tells the intertwined stories of photography and abstract art. Watch the video here about the relationship between the two through the exhibition that was held at the Tate. Look out for work by Man Ray.

Now read this article on Man Ray.

selection of old photographs

From your investigations, please write an illustrated essay (with pictures) showing how Man Ray (1890-1976) was a significant contributor to the Dada and Surrealist art movements.

When you start your A Level Photography course you will be making Photograms in the darkroom in the style of Man Ray.

In the meantime, we would like you to have a go at producing either a cyanotype print in the style of Anna Atkins or a digital print in the style of Man Ray.

Please complete this for the first day of the new term.

*This is a representation of your learning space and may not be the exact room you will be using

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