Literacy in Photography

Literacy skills for photography.

KS4 Students need to be able to:

  • Describe techniques they have used in their work.
  • Analyse the work of artists they are researching.
  • Analyse their own work in the context of the artist they have researched.
  • Read and understand information about artists.
  • Write creatively about narrative in their own and others work.

KS5 Students need to be able to:

  • Write a detailed related study between 1000 and 3000 words.
  • Pose a question that will be answered within the related study.
  • Analyse the work of other artists in a broader context e.g socio/political/historical.
  • Use critical thinking skills.
  • Research effectively around their chosen topic.
  • Use sources other than/as well as, the internet.
  • Analyse their own work in these terms and within the context of the artists they have been researching.
  • Relate their work to current debate and assess how their work sits within that debate.
  • Harvard reference and produce a bibliography.

Key Stage 4 Analysis Skills


Key Stage 5 Guides

Study Support
Literacy Toolkit

Reading List and Sample Assessment Materials

Website Links:

Mrs. Bray –

Mrs. Mackintosh –

Miss Hill –

YEAR 12 & 13 A-Level Photography and Critical Contextual Studies, Suggested reading list:

  1. Read This If You Want To Take Great Photographs by Henry Carroll
  2. Read This If You Want To Take Great Photographs Of People by Henry Carroll
  3. The system of Objects by Jean Baudrillard
  4. Ways of Seeing by John Berger
  5. On Photography by Susan Sontag
  6. Camera Lucida - Reflections on Photography by Roland Barthes
  7. Basic Critical Theory for photographers by Ashley La Grange (summarises the books 4,5,6 on this list as well as other photography theory essays)
  8. The Photograph as Contemporary Art (World of Art) by Charlotte Cotton.