The second-year A Level Photography students paid a fleeting afternoon visit to London to see Rut Blees Luxemburg’s exhibition ‘London Dust’ at the Museum of London. Not only that, but the photographer herself met us there to speak about her work.
The students are now more than half-way through their personal projects, so to meet and listen to a professional talk about her practice, methods, and techniques meant a chance for inspiration as well as a welcome break from the classroom.
Rut Blees Luxemburg is a German photographer who studied at the London College of Communication and the University of Westminster. She is prolific in taking photographs of urban streets, particularly London, at night using ambient light and long exposures. Her photographs, taken on a large format camera and incredibly detailed when viewed large and up close, can be seen in a number of books, as well as on album covers such as her iconic photo on the cover of The Streets’ debut album Original Pirate Material. She tutors at The Royal College of Art, and her interaction with our RIC students meant that questions were not only directed to her, but from her to the students, making them think about the meaning of her work and photography as well as their thoughts on photography and film in general.
The visit was rounded off with a brief look around the museum before walking the streets, made familiar by Luxemburg’s work, back to the tube station. Students had a chance to document these streets, particularly the developing London skyline, before returning to St Pancras station and the train home to Rochester. All in all a valuable experience and proof that learning is not limited to the classroom or studio.