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London in black and white

Published 24 July 2014

Inspired by ‘Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album’, a crowd of teenagers from the RA’s youth programme attRAct took to the streets of Soho to document the city.

  • Led by professional photographer Roy Matthews, the group learned to work quickly and photograph people unnoticed, and experiment with shadow, line and tone. This was a great experience for the students to develop ideas for A-level coursework, and see their city in an entirely new light. Here is a selection of their photos from the day.

    attRAct (‘art through the RA careers and creative training’) is a Learning Department programme that offers London based A-level students from selected schools the chance to participate in creative workshops, exhibition tours, studio visits, mentoring in the RA Schools and careers and portfolio advice.

  • This was a fantastic chance for me to experiment with an alternative style of photography. I rarely go out and shoot randomly, and this workshop gave me the chance to be completely free in my subject matter.

    A-level student Warren Reilly, Queens Park Community School

  • Ann Gilmore is Secondary Programme Co-ordinator in the Learning department at the RA.