Congratulations to PCL tutor Tariq Zaidi!



Congratulations to PCL tutor Tariq Zaidi who has won 1st prize in the Professional Editorial category of the 2016 International Photography Awards. His photograph of rural life in South Sudan was previously featured in the Los Angeles Times, and is a great example of his ability to sensitively capture people in their natural environments. Tariq also won 3rd prize in the same category with this stunning image of pilgrims in Lalibela, Ethiopia.


We are very inspired by Tariq’s success, as a self-taught photographer who gave up his senior corporate role in 2014 to focus on his passion for travel photography, it is brilliant to see how much he has achieved in a short amount of time.

We hope this encourages you all to get out there shooting!

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William Eggleston – Portraits


William Eggleston is known as a pioneering portrait photographer. Currently the National Portrait Gallery is showcasing the most comprehensive display of his work ever, from the 1960s to the present day.

The exhibition includes never before seen vintage black and white prints, his earliest work from the 1960s. Also a range of his colour photography, which is celebrated as being pivotal in the recognition of colour photography as a contemporary art form.

The exhibition showcases 100 of Egglestons works. Here are just a few of our favourites:






Of this last photo, Eggleston said, “Some kind of pimply, freckle-faced guy in the late sunlight. And by God, it all worked.” He regards this as his first successful colour image, the first frame he shot.

Although small, the exhibition is perfectly curated and a really stunning collection of Eggletsons work. An exhibition you could walk around again and again. A definite must-see show!

It is on at the National Portrait Gallery until 26 October.

Tickets cost £8 or £6.50 for concessions. Book yours now here –

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Firecracker Photographic Grant 2016


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Firecracker Photographic Grant 2016 is now open for entries

Firecracker Photographic Grant is an annual award for female photographers, born or residing in Europe, who are pursuing documentary photographic projects. The award offers £1000 plus £1000 towards printing/ mounting/ framing.

The winner of the 2015 Firecracker Photographic Grant was Spanish photographer Lua Ribeira. Ribeira won the award for these stunning images from her series, ‘Noises in the Blood’, exploring British Dancehall culture.



More details about the application process can be found online:

Good luck! We’d love to see some PCL students in this year’s line-up :)

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The Skygarden

We recently visited the Skygarden and took a few photographs! Located on Fenchurch street & at 155 meters high, there are plenty of amazing photo opportunities!

The Skygarden is completely free to visit, but you need to book tickets in advance. Click here for some more information.

If you want to get out in the City this summer to take some of your own photographs, book onto our Street PhotographyStreet Photography Assignment courses or Street Photography Summer School!


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Operation Long Drive


Operation Long Drive is a project started by Haydon & Me-An Bend. They have both just set off on a trip of a lifetime, driving overland from the UK to Australia. We first heard of the project back in April 2015 and instantly decided to get involved!


After listening to the plans for this incredible project, we agreed to sponsor Haydon & Me-An with some of our photography courses.  With going on a once in a lifetime trip like this, documenting the amazing moments is going to be imperative. The Long Drive started today (Wednesday 1 June 2016) from Greenwich Park in London, with the adventure set to last a good few months.

Check out some of these awesome images below taken on a recent shakedown in Scotland!

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Haydon & Me-An completed the Beginners Guide to Digital Photography – Level 1 & Beginners Guide to Digital Photography – Level 2. These are two of our most popular courses and gives students a really solid understanding of their camera and how to use it creatively. If you’d like to get involved with our Beginner or Intermediate courses, please check our website for upcoming dates.

Take a look at this great long exposure taken by the pair on one of our courses last winter!


On their return we will have the pair come into the office to give a talk, sharing some stories & photographs from the trip. To be the first to hear about this and to keep up to date with all things PCL, click HERE to subscribe to our mailing list.

Be sure to follow Operation Long Drive on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date with their adventures!!!


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Strange & Familiar by Martin Parr

Last weekend we went to check out the Strange and Familiar Faces of Britain exhibition at the Barbican, curated by Martin Parr. A massive show covering 2 full floors of the Barbican, we spent a good two hours looking at hundreds of works by different photographers from around the world.


There is a huge variety of work on show, ranging from the early photographers of the 1930’s such as Edith Tutor Hart, right up until the present day with works from Bruce Gilden. We particularly loved the candid street photography of Henri Cartier-Bresson, the striking portraits of Paul Strand and the detailed shop window displays by Jim Dow.


Other artists include; Hans Eijkelboom, Frank Habicht, Candida Höfer, Akihito Okamura, Raymond Depardon & Rineke Dijkstra. There are 200+ photographs being exhibited  throughout the show.


We really loved the show and if you can make it down to the Barbican before the 19th June we would highly recommend you do so! Some more information on the show & how to book tickets can be seen here –

Also, be sure to look around the amazing conservatory that is open on Sundays! It’s home to an abundance of topical plants, flowers and wildlife, with plenty of great photographic opportunities. The conservatory is free to visit on and open from 12.00 – 17.00 on Sunday’s only. –



Be sure to follow us on Instagram for more photos from the conservatory!


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2016 Sony World Photography Awards now open at Somerset House!

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Last chance to visit this year’s Sony World Photography Awards!

Somerset House presents an exhibition of 500 of the best contemporary photographers selected from all over the world. The winning and shortlisted photographs were selected from a global call-out which attracted over 230,000 entries. The competition acknowledges the work of professionals as well as, photography students, young photographers and amateurs.

Here are some of our favourites…

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Cristina Vatielli- 2nd Place in the ‘Staged’ category for her series inspired by the women who influenced Picasso.

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Congratulations to 17 yr old Sepehr Jamshidi Fard, one of the winners of the Youth competition.


Maroesjka Lavigne is the winner of the Professional Landscape category with this image ‘Rhino’ from the series ‘Land of Nothingness’.


Professional Environment category winner Kevin Frayer with his image ‘Eagle hunters of Western China’.

To book tickets and for further info visit: Or get a sneak preview of the winning entries here.

Until Sunday 8th May 2016


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Check out Emily Stein’s new series of portraits ‘Hello I’m Nora’

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PCL tutor Emily Stein, who teaches on our Intense Foundation of Digital Photography, Digital Photography Crash Course and Portraiture Masterclass, launches a new series of portrait photographs of 73 year old beauty Nora, currently featured on These colourful pictures celebrate and embrace individual style, and represent a coming to terms with one’s looks and personal history.

For more examples of this vibrant and unconventional approach to portraiture visit

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Robert Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures

Look out for the release this month of a new film about American photographer Robert Mapplethorpe (1946- 1989). This is the first definitive, feature length portrait of the legendary and controversial artist since his death from AIDS in 1989. Robert Mapplethorpe is known for his large-scale black and white images, ranging from still-life to erotic portraits.


The film ‘Robert Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures’ is due for release in UK cinemas on 22nd April, and there are several opportunities to engage in Q&A with the Directors at Previews across London:

Wed 20 April – Art House Crouch End

Wed 20 April – Hackney Picturehouse

Thur 21 April – Curzon Bloomsbury

Watch the trailer here:

For further info:

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Congratulations to Gary Perlmutter, 2nd Runner up in London Photo Festival’s Street Photography Competition!

Congratulations to Photography Course London tutor Gary Perlmutter, who has been awarded 2nd Runner-up in London Photo Festival’s 2016 Street Photography Competition. Gary is one of 20 finalists selected from over 1000 entries to have his work exhibited at The Bridge Lounge and Dining Room in London, on display until 30th May 2016.

Gary Perlmutter



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