About

In 2017 the School of Punktum has evolved into a retreat. A journey to a place a little over an hour outside of London where you will stay and study for an entire weekend by the sea.

A tactical retreat designed to give you 48 hours of intensive photography tuition, workshops and talks from great photographers.  The next coming weekend is on the 17th & 18th of June 2017. 

As well as lectures and practical photography workshops you will have the opportunity to share your work with the faculty of the School of Punktum and get feedback and advice. You are encouraged to bring personal projects in progress, a portfolio, your ideas, and your dreams.

Why a retreat? Maybe now is a good time to regroup, to plan and to nurture ideas for the future. To look at your photography and see how it sits within this brave new world of alternative truths and doublespeak. With the guidance of the staff and friends of School of Punktum I hope we can create something positive and beautiful.

With practical photography workshops and lectures centered on documentary photography you will develop skills and further creative ideas you already possess to take your vision to the next level. For more information click on The Program. For a breakdown of what you will learn click on The Syllabus.

In the current photo-industry there is a trend for organisations and individuals to hold expensive and exclusive photography classes, workshops and portfolio reviews. Punktum is for genuinely talented photographers who cannot afford to pay thousands for such opportunities or photography degrees.

Having lectured at a number of universities I am surprised to learn of whole faculties made up of lecturers who are not photographers. Every lecturer at the School of Punktum is a photographer. To see who we are click on The Faculty. 

So how does the School of Punktum keep costs so low? There’s no support staff, no owned buildings or assets, no chancellors or deans, no H.R or P.R and no pieces of paper.

HISTORY OF PUNKTUM

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Punktum began in the Spring of 2013 and was the brainchild of Ed Thompson. It operated as a series of free experimental photographic workshops, portfolio reviews and workshop sessions at the North London Darkroom. The word Punktum came from merging two concepts: Punk (Fast, hard-edged, stripped down, political, anti-establishment, do-it-yourself. – Wikipedia) and Punctum (A photograph’s punctum is that accident which pricks me. – Roland Barthes).

If you work in the photographic industry and would like to offer support please do get in touch. If you would like to sponsor a free placement for a student please contact us!

Syllabus

RETREAT SYLLABUS / 17th-18th June 2017

Unlike larger institutions the School of Punktum is rapidly evolving and varying its syllabus according to the requests and feedback of our students.

The weekend retreat may include the following lectures and practical workshops:

  • DSLR / Optics & Light
  • MAKING IT HAPPEN / Visualising Concept / Research Techniques / Logistics
  • SEEING STORIES /  Composition & Narrative
  • ENVIRONMENTAL PORTRAITURE / Lecture & Assignment
  • STREETS, PARKS & BEACH / Photo-Walk
  • MEDIUM FORMAT / Induction into various medium format film cameras
  • VISION /  Advanced DSLR techniques, Editing, Post Production, Sequencing
  • LIGHT /  Light metering, Ambient light manipulation, Locational Lighting
  • PRINT /  Book Making, Self-Publishing, Online Distribution.
  • VISITING LECTURERS / Lectures and crits by Claudia Leisinger, Lewis Bush, Rob Stothard, Jim Mortram and Ben Roberts. (Lecturers may vary depending on scheduling)

YOUR PROJECT 

During the weekend retreat you will have the opportunity to discuss your work with the faculty of the School of Punktum in 30 minute 1 to 1 tutorials. In these tutorials you should bring an ongoing body of work you would like to develop. This could be in the format of a printed portfolio of the ongoing work, a website or a wide edit of the project as jpegs. We will use all of our experience and foresight to try and guide your project and help you to overcome any obstacles that may be holding you back.

The Program & Fees

The School of Punktum now runs as an intensive weekend photography course for small groups of 6-8 students. Priority is given to those who first contact The School of Punktum showing interest.

The next coming weekend will be on Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th of June 2017 and will be held on the Kent coastline (1hr 15 minutes highspeed train from London).

PUNKTUM STUDENT / £260

  • Entire weekend of tuition including practical workshops and lectures from four master photographers.
  • Lunch and Dinner on Saturday.
  • 4 x 30 minute one to one personal project tutorials.
  • Your final project work published on the School of Punktum website.

PUNKTUM STUDENT + BOARD £290 / £310 (Depending on room size).

  • Entire weekend of tuition including practical workshops and lectures from four master photographers.
  • Lunch and Dinner on Saturday.
  • Bed & Breakfast.
  • 4 x 30 minute one to one personal project tutorials.
  • Your final project work published on the School of Punktum website.

Fees are to be paid in full for the weekend course at the point of registering interest.  No refunds.