The urban photography summer school at Goldsmiths, University of London : a discussion and photo essay on urban rhythmThe urban photography summer school at Goldsmiths, University of London : a discussion and photo essay on urban rhythm
Faculty of Social Sciences. Communication Sciences
Visual and Digital Cultures Research Center (ViDi)
Graduate Journal of Social Science
10(2013):2, p. 176-190
University of Antwerp
This article consists of two parts. The first part is a discussion of the annual international Urban Photography Summer School, organized by Goldsmiths, University of London. This testimony is based on the authors participation in the latest edition of this two-week event. The discussion is interesting to bring this course under attention and can be relevant for future candidates. Two main points of general interest are focused on: (1) the relationship between aesthetics and research value in photography, and (2) the relationship between text and image. The second part of the article is a photo essay with the authors own final visual project that was produced and presented during the summer school. The images explicitly link back to the more epistemological questions in the first part. The essay deploys street photography to observe performativity and human behavior as it is structured by or opposed to the rhythms that create a city. Therefore, it refers to sociologist Henri Lefebvres approach of rhythmanalysis.