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Photography Course: Inspired by Diane Arbus

Part of diane arbus: in the beginning

View life through the lens of Diane Arbus on our five-week course in portrait and street photography.

Explore diane arbus: in the beginning at Hayward Gallery out of hours, take part in group discussions about her iconic photographs, and improve your photography.

See the exhibition away from the crowds, with plenty of time to become intimate with Arbus’ work.

In group conversations in Hayward Gallery’s Dan Graham Pavilion, you can compare works by photographers she influenced, and consider how we read images.

The course introduces the idea of the photographer as insider and outsider, asks questions about photographing people we are intimate with and strangers, and considers portraits of community members and street photography.

In the third and fourth weeks of the course you are invited to take portraits of people around Southbank Centre, both as street photographers and using our pop-up studio.

In the final week you can share photographs you have made during the course with a member of Hayward Gallery’s curatorial team and the Creative Learning Team.

The course is led by artist photographers Mara Bodis-Wollner and Heather McDonough, who both put relationships and participation at the heart of their practice.

McDonough examines the minutiae of everyday life and has based much of her work in her immediate neighbourhood in the East End of London over the past twenty years. Her photography is about seeing, noticing the overlooked, and capturing detail with unexpected clarity.

Her photography has been exhibited at venues including the National Portrait Gallery Kobal Portrait Award and The Photographers’ Gallery, and she is a lecturer in photography at London Metropolitan University.

Mara Bodis-Wollner’s photography explores manners, expressions, awkward moments, exclusivity and issues of trust in social venues. Her photography has been exhibited with Jen Bekman Gallery.

Bodis-Wollner was on the faculty at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Department of Photography and currently teaches at The American School in London.

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Hayward Gallery
Dan Graham Waterloo Sunset Pavilion


£90 for five-week course
Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)


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Content warning
Exhibition contains images with sensitive content. Visitor discretion is advised.

Event information
This course takes place at 7pm – 9pm on Mondays from 25 February to 25 March. Meet in the Hayward Gallery Foyer.

Please note this course begins as Hayward Gallery is closing to the public. Please have your booking confirmation to hand when you arrive.