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Photography Students Inspired by Tate Modern

On Monday morning, all 28 of our Fifth Form GCSE Photography students set off on a day trip to Tate Modern to visit the exhibition, Capturing the Moment – A Journey through Painting and Photography.

Cameras at the ready, we arrived at London Waterloo just before 10am and took advantage of the crisp, clear morning to photograph the impressive cityscape en route to Tate Modern along the South Bank. Tate Modern houses an inspiring and thought-provoking free collection and, once inside, we headed straight to view works by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. This gave the students direct access to the subjects of their Cubism research, which inspired their portrait photography and Cubist personal responses.

After lunch, we visited our chosen exhibition to view a wide selection of modern and contemporary art that explores the dynamic relationship between painting and photography. A quick stop-off at Starbucks and an impromptu shoot of the imposing local architecture as we exited the gallery rounded off a wonderful visit. We were reminded how fortunate we are to have such treasure troves of art on our doorstep.

The students were fully engaged throughout the day trip, were great ambassadors for the College and returned home with a very impressive catalogue of photographs from the day to inform and enhance their GCSE coursework portfolios.

By Joanne Desmier