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LSP Newsletter #47

Strange and Familiar: Britain as Revealed by International Photographers
Henri Cartier-Bresson
Coronation of King George VI, Trafalgar Square, London, 12 May 1937
© Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

April 2016 – Newsletter #47

Welcome to our April Newsletter

Continuing our partnership with the Barbican Art Gallery, we feature current exhibition “Strange and Familiar: Britain as Revealed by International Photographers” as an inspiration to April’s photo competition.

Curated by British photographer Martin Parr, the exhibition shows images by international photographers including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Garry Winogrand and Bruce Gilden, who have captured the social, cultural, and political identity of the UK from 1930 onwards.

The theme for April’s Inspiration + Assignment is “Everything British” (more information below). Submit your images to win a £200 discount voucher to attend any course or workshop at LSP plus two complimentary tickets to see Strange and Familiar at the Barbican Art Gallery.


Congratulations to Tatevik Vardanyan who won March’s Assignment #46 – Unseen London

Vardaryan’s photo, shot at the Tate Modern Gallery, shows a clever use of shadows and silhouettes to form an interesting and curious composition.

Tatevik wins a £200 discount voucher to attend any Workshop at LSP, including the Professional Photography Course + 2 tickets to see Strange and Familiar until 19th June at the Barbican Gallery.

April’s Assignment is published below, and the deadline to submit your images is April 30th. The winner will be announced in our May Newsletter.

Strange and Familiar: Britain as revealed by international photographers
Sergio Larrain
London. Baker Street underground station. 1958-1959.
© Sergio Larrain / Magnum Photos


For April’s assignment, we invite you to raise a cup of tea (and your camera) to celebrate the best (or perhaps the worst) of British culture.

In your opinion, what can be considered essentially British?

Regardless of whether you are a British citizen, a foreign resident or a tourist, we want you to show this particular point of view and reveal your feelings about Great Britain in your photographs.

The Strange and Familiar exhibition (on show at the Barbican Gallery), curated by British Photographer Martin Parr, shows how foreign photographers saw and see Great Britain. Each of the 23 photographers in the exhibition records different characteristics of life around Britain in their own distinctive style. “The exhibition will reveal a very different take on British life than that produced by British photographers. It is both familiar and strange at the same time.” says Parr.

Parr has photographed Great Britain exhaustively, often in non-traditional ways. His photographs are comic and opinionated. With works titled “Think of England”, Bad Weather and The Last Resort: Photographs of New Brighton, he scrutinises his homeland, sometimes in a not very flattering way, and has done the same thing as a foreigner in other countries.

Back to our main theme, a quick survey with our students revealed that red buses, afternoon tea, bad weather, queuing and stripping off at the first sight of sun are very British things. According to a NatCen report from January, the Top 20 British icons are:

1. Traditional Roast Dinner, 2. Fish and chips, 3. BBC, 4. Union Jack, 5. Wimbledon, 6. A British cup of tea, 7. The London Underground, 8. The Royal Family, 9. Only Fools and Horses,10. The Beatles, 11. NHS, 12. The City of London, 13. Buckingham Palace, 14. Red buses, 15. Winston Churchill, 16. Queen, 17. Queuing, 18. Cream tea, 19. James Bond, 20. Stonehenge.

This is a good start point but don’t stop there. We prepared a Pinterest board to get you inspired.

Experiment with documentary style and work on a set of images to tell a story. Think on how to get a single shot that summarises the whole idea. Work with composition and juxtaposition. If needed, crop your images to reveal details that may go unnoticed due to distracting elements in the photograph.

Send us your images to win a £200 discount voucher to book any Course or Workshop at LSP plus two complimentary tickets to see Strange and Familiar at the Barbican Art Gallery.

Please submit your photos here (maximum 5 images per person). Login or register to be able to upload. Deadline: April 30th.

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Level 1 Photography
(£250 instead of £295)

4 Days Photography (Levels 1 and 2 combined)
(£550 instead of £595)



© Tristan Fewings/ Getty Images


curated by Martin Parr

“Curated by the iconic British photographer Martin Parr,Strange and Familiar considers how international photographers from the 1930s onwards have captured the social, cultural and political identity of the UK.

From social documentary and portraiture to street and architectural photography, the exhibition celebrates the work of leading photographers, including Henri Cartier-Bresson,Rineke DijkstraRobert Frank and Garry Winogrand. Bringing together over 250 compelling photographs and previously unseen bodies of work, Strange and Familiar presents a vibrant portrait of modern Britain.

The fully illustrated exhibition catalogue is now available along with a range of photography books, cameras, accessories and fun mementos of Britain’s heritage and food culture. See images from the exhibition” (source: Barbican Art Gallery website)

Strange and Familiar: Britain as Revealed by International Photographers
16 March 2016 – 19 June 2016
Barbican Centre
Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS, United Kingdom

Send your images to April assignment for a chance to win two complimentary tickets to see Strange and Familiar + a £200 voucher to attend any workshop at LSP.