Hot shots: The London Marathon

For the past three years, my running collective Run Dem Crew has set up camp at Mile 21 along the London Marathon route to bring good vibes to the thousands taking on the challenge.  Yesterday’s “cheerathon” was nothing short of epic,  filled with laughs and  tears –  check out some of our pics from the day below:

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For the diary: Sony World Photography Awards exhibition, Somerset House (1-18th May)

© Chloe Bartram, Australia, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

© Chloe Bartram, Australia, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

This spring sees the return of the Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition, featuring an international collection of the winning and shortlisted images from the annual awards.

Running from 1-18th May, the exhibition includes a mix of images in  current events, wildlife, landscape, portraiture, and travel – so for more details,  visit

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Hot shots: Sunny days around Southbank







Taken on the Beginners Photography Workshop, 15th March.  Our next class takes place on 26th April – for more info, visit:

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Snapshots from the Love London photography workshop, March 23rd

Yesterday I ran a two-hour workshop at  Christchurch London to tie-in with our seasonal Love London Sundays, where we celebrate the city and the people within it.  The workshop was all about composition techniques, and it was the first time I’ve used social media to populate a Tumblr blog “in real time” with all the images the attendees took during a photography hunt around St Pauls (apologies for the hour of retweets Twitter followers!)   By the time they came back from the hunt, they could view all the lovely snaps they took, so it was a brilliant afternoon. You can see some of the pictures from the workshop below – but for all the images, visit








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Hot shots: James Hayhurst-France


Photo: James Hayhurst-France


Photo: James Hayhurst-France


Photo: James Hayhurst-France


Photo: James Hayhurst-France


Photo: James Hayhurst-France 

Taken on the introduction to street photography workshop, 2nd March 2014.  The next workshops take place on 16th and 30th March – for more info or to book, visit:

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Love is in the air – save 20% this month!


February is the month of love, so we’re keen to spread it at The Culture Club with a 20% discount off our night photography, beginners and street photography workshops if you book by February 14th!  We’ve also extended the love to our buddy passes – a great way to spend less while learning photography with a loved one!   Simply use the promo code love2014 on the checkout pages or visit the links below!

Here are the  next dates for your diary:

February 13th, Night Photography

During this fun 2.5 hour workshop,  you’ll be introduced to some of the techniques used to capture subjects creatively at night, and learn Composition, New camera settings and other Tips to help you produce striking photos in the capital after dark. Book now

February 15th, Beginners Photography

In this workshop, you will grasp the basics of digital photography, to compose better pictures while walking through one of the most vibrant and photogenic parts of London. You will learn about your camera and how to use it properly, how to control the main elements that affect exposure (ISO, shutter speed and aperture) and easy techniques to compose stunning photographs. Book now

February 16th, Street Photography

This 4-hour Street Photography workshop will improve your photography skills, while you explore the trendiest streets in London to learn the tricks of some of the world’s most famous street photographers.  Through the guidance and feedback of the tutor as well as your peers, you will be able to take eye-catching images through an engaging and sociable experience. Book now

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What we did last weekend: Shooting around Brick Lane

It might be a little nippy these days, but Sunday’s weather was kinda alright!  So much so, it was a chance for me to whip out my camera during The Culture Club’s street photography workshop and take a few snaps of my own for a change.  I tend to be a little abstract with my street photography (see the first pic as a prime example), but I felt particularly inspired to try out the Bruce Gilden approach to shooting: bold and direct with the sort of confident swag that meant I was able to get some pretty decent pics I might have usually been too scared to get.  And as usual, I went in search for decisive moments and felt pretty lucky I managed to capture a few.  One of my New Year’s resolutions is to try to go shooting at least once a fortnight, so I feel like Sunday’s workshop has got me off to a pretty good start – so check out my pics below and let me know what you think:







Our next Street Photography Workshop is on 2nd February.  For more info, visit:


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For the diary: David Lynch, William S Burroughs and Andy Warhol at the Photographer’s Gallery


Although they’re more famous for their work in other contexts, these three iconic Americans were pretty handy with a camera.  Check out their work at The Photographer’s Gallery this month – the results of their photography pursuits  are not only intriguing, but a real testament to the power of the medium, even as casual past-time.

On until March 30th. For more info, visit

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Snapshots from the Culture Club’s Beginners Photography Workshop, January 18th

The third week of the year saw a small crew of new photographers hit the Southbank and learn the tips and tricks to make the most of their camera – see our snaps below!






Our next Beginners photography workshop takes place on February 1st. For more info, visit:


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JOB ALERT! Street photography tutor

Salary: £22.50 per hour

Location: East London 

The Culture Club is looking for a confident, skilled and friendly photography tutor to run a 4-hour street photography workshop around Brick Lane.  The teacher will need to have:

  • A working knowledge of the history of street photography (including famous photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Bruce Gilden, Elliott Erwitt and Martin Parr)
  • An understanding of different approaches and techniques in street photography
  • The ability to teach adults and manage a group of 5-8 people
  • Their own examples of street photography
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to provide guidance and assistance
  • A familiarity of the Brick Lane area

The successful candidate will also be considered for regular, long-term freelance work.

Lesson plans and resources for the session will be provided, as well as an assistant on the day. Also, please note, the fee includes travel expenses.

Telephone interviews for the post will take place on Tuesday, January 14th. The successful candidate will be notified on January 15th and briefed ahead of the first session on January 19th.

If interested, please e-mail a CV and covering letter (including a link to your portfolio) to by Monday, January 13th. 


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