Four new talk and discussion events with Stills Research Associate, David Grinly.

Introducing each discussion with an idea from a novel by Dostoevsky, these evening discussions will offer participants a chance to consider their own approaches to photography as a method of thinking.

David will outline how his own research contributes to his practice, combining challenging questions about the essences of the medium with (relatively…) approachable references to literature, music and film.

These talks are suitable for anyone who wants to reflect on the way they view and make photographs.

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April 26: Photographs from the House of the Dead.
What is a photograph? How do we “read” photographs, and how does the way we look at photographs influence the way we make photographs?

May 3: Photographers/Demons
What is a photographer? What do photographers do and what does what they do, do?!

May 10: Underground Photography
What type of activity is photography? What are we talking about when we talk about photography?

May 17: Photographic Insults
What do we think about when we think photographically, rather than thinking as photographers?



To ensure the course is accessible, we have 3 tiers of pricing, based on a pay-what-you-can system. Check the ticket tier for more information about this.

Please be honest with yourself and your financial situation. If you purchase a ticket at the lowest end of the scale when you could afford the higher ticket prices, it makes it harder for us to provide financial flexibility to those who need it.

We also have a limited number of tickets available at no cost for those who cannot afford to pay. If you would like to apply for these tickets, please email, no questions asked.

Image Caption

Uganda. Victoria Nile. Crocodile bank below the falls. Closer up showing crocks [i.e., crocodiles], Matson Photo Service, photographer (1936)

  • Venue

    Stills: Centre for Photography

  • Address

    23 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh, UK

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  • Price

    £10/£20/£40 - tiered based on circumstance

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