Introduction to Documentary Photography with Kate Nolan

  Tuesday Evenings, 7 – 9:30pm

Kate Nolan’s LACUNA exhibition in the Gallery of Photography

6 x Tuesday evenings7pm – 9:30pm 

New course starting on February 4th, continues every Tuesday until March 10th 2020

Intermediate/Advanced class: Students must have working knowledge of digital photography and cameras.

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This course will examine the practice of documentary photography, focusing on the visual narrative and exploring the work of photographers in this tradition. Practical techniques are explored and students are shown how to research a topic, plan, photograph, and edit a photo story. 


1. Production of a short-term documentary photo project

2. Introduction to documentary photographers historical and contemporary

3. Identifying different concepts and visual strategies to tell your story

This course is guided by Kate Nolan, an internationally renowned visual artist from Ireland. 

Kate Nolan’s LACUNA exhibition in the Gallery of Photography, September 2017

This course is divided into weekly projects related to a final photo story. The schedule for the course is as follows:

Week 1: Introduction to Photographic Projects  // Discuss ideas for project // Writing a Proposal 

Week 2Photo Project: Visual Strategies // Research // Create Shooting List 

You will create narratives with visual strategies, pitch project ideas and starter images

Kate Nolan’s LACUNA exhibition in the Gallery of Photography, September 2017

Week 3Composition: Building an image with intent // Portraiture techniques 

You will break down images into visual parts and discuss portraiture, representation and identity through a group critique

Week 4Narrative: How to create a narrative thread // Text + Image 

Kate Nolan’s LACUNA exhibition in the Gallery of Photography, September 2017

Week 5Editing and Sequencing: Show/discuss outcomes for work; exhibition, book, installations 

Week 6: Outcome and review: Review technical and creative skills learned over previous weeks // Discuss project created over 6 weeks // Intro to post production.

Skills learned throughout the past 6 weeks will be reviewed, the final project will be discussed, and you will be introduced to lightroom, Photoshop, and the next steps you can take for your photo story

Kate Nolan’s Neither Series

Kate Nolan’s Neither Series

Students needs will be accessed previous to the start of the course through questionnaire. 

Gallery of Photography online platforms (instagram/facebook) will be utilised to feature students work.

8 students 

The cost of this workshop is €220 for non-members and €210 for members of the Gallery of Photography.

For more information about Kate Nolan and her work, visit:

Gallery of Photography, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin