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BOYS! BOYS! BOYS! Photography Course 2024
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BOYS! BOYS! BOYS! Photography Course 2024

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Our BOYS! BOYS! BOYS! Photography Course is back for its third year from 16 March - 1 June 2024

We've discovered some amazing talent on the course including Francisco Rosas, Hannes van de Merwe, Marco Gualdoni - all who have joined BOYS! BOYS! BOYS! and been published in our magazines & books.

Read some of our testimonials 

You guys have been a game changer. 

The tools you have given me and the processes I can now apply to myself are invaluable.

This course was so timely and life changing for me. It was exactly what I needed to move forward.

It motivated reflection and exploring new ideas and approaches to our practice. We had frequent review of student's work and feedback from different invited speakers and were exposed to ideas from both the art and business perspectives. I think this course finds its place in a niche within the photography world, so it’s very unique. 

The course was an incredibly intense and valuable experience, from which I have gained an enormous amount of information and valuable ideas to continue and improve my photographic and artistic journey. The constant feedback exchange with the students, the teachers and the invited speakers was a real game-changer for me.

Do you want to create an engaging body of work, but struggle with ideas and cohesion? How do you edit and present your images for exhibitions or publication? How do you work or approach a curator and gallery in a professional way?

If you ask yourself these questions often, this program is for you. The program will be facilitated by artist & educator Paul McDonald with guest speakers and reviewers: photographer AdeY, gallerist & curator Ghislain Pascal, writer & educator Max Houghton, and artist & educator Nigel Grimmer.

You will be set exercises to work through at the end of each session and you will receive feedback on your work throughout the program.

The programme is limited to 14 students. All students have to identify as queer or gay. Online. Price $650. We offer a payment plan for the course, and also run a scholarship programme offering one student a free place on the course. Please contact

Areas covered in this program
  • How to go deeper in your practice; research in image & text with Max Houghton
  • Creating and developing a cohesive body of work. 
  • Developing and being confident with your own voice / style 
  • Portfolio review and feedback session with AdeY
  • How to write about your practice including an artist statement 
  • Final presentation and portfolio review to Ghislain Pascal 
3 Month Mentoring Program
6 sessions in total / 18 hours / 3 hours per session
16 March - 1 June 2024
6pm London
7pm Paris
5am Sydney (+1 day)
1pm New York

Session 1 - 16th March - with Paul McDonald and Max Houghton
How to go deeper in your practice; research in image & text 

Session 2 - 23 March - with Paul McDonald and Nigel Grimmer
Developing and being confident with your own voice / style 
Creating and developing a cohesive body of work

Session 3 - 20th April - with Paul McDonald and AdeY
Portfolio review and feedback session 

Session 4 - 4th May - with Ghislain Pascal and Paul McDonald
Presenting your work for a gallery
Pitching and talking about your practice 
Pricing yourself 
Being a sustainable and professional artist

Session 5 - 25th May - with Paul McDonald and Nigel Grimmer
How to write about your practice including an artist statement  
Session 6 - 1 June - with Ghislain Pascal
Final presentation and portfolio review 

Paul McDonald is a socially engaged educator, artist and curator whose personal practice explores and creates a dialogue around masculinity and mental health. His practice is informed through research and the delivery of community participatory programs. He was Associate Director, Education and Public Programs at the Australian Centre for Photography, responsible for the subject development and delivery of all photographic programs. He has lectured at the Australian Centre for Photography, National Art School (Australia) , Raffles College of Design and Commerce (Australia), London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, Macleay College of Journalism (Australia), and for various private organisations and councils.  In 2014 he founded Contact Sheet, a private arts education organisation that focuses on mentoring and skills building for photographers both nationally and internationally. In 2021 he opening Working Dog Gallery in Sydney. His photographic work has been published internationally and his work exhibited in over 25 countries. He published his first book ‘Study of Self’ in 2021. He is represented by The Little Black Gallery.

Ghislain Pascal is the co-founder and director of The Little Black Gallery, which operates as a photography gallery, publisher, and art consultancy - specialising in contemporary photography. He is the Editor and Curator of BOYS! BOYS! BOYS! 

Max Houghton is a writer, editor and curator. She runs the MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. A former co-editor of Foto8 Magazine, her writing has appeared in publications by The Photographers’ Gallery and The Barbican, as well as in the international arts press, including Foam, 1000 Words, Photoworks and Granta. She is co-author, with Fiona Rogers, of Firecrackers: Female Photographers Now (Thames and Hudson 2017). 

Nigel Grimmer is an artist and educator. As a mixed media artist he researches the language of the photographic portrait. He is currently Curriculum Leader for Contemporary Art Practice Course and Senior Lecturer in Visual Arts at the School of Arts & Creative Industries, University of Bedfordshire (UK).

AdeY: with a background in performance, choreography and contemporary dance, AdeY’s photographic works study subjects such as the human body’s balance, strength and physics. Here they photograph and portray the body in its purest form – bare, undressed and naked. The work seeks to create a non-sexualised and open-minded representation of humankind, which is based on a dream of acceptance.

He has exhibited worldwide including at Fotografiska Museum of Photography Stockholm, The Finnish Museum of Photography, Falsterbo Photo Art Museum (Sweden), Unseen Photo Festival (Amsterdam), The Little Black Gallery (London), Galerie XII (Los Angeles), and Fotogalleri Vasli Souza (Sweden & Norway).

Please note the sessions will be delivered using zoom, the sessions will not be recorded. Students cannot record the sessions for copyright, privacy and confidentiality reasons of all involved. 

* the speakers may change at the last minute

* please make sure you can attend the times of the course - as published above. Once payment has been made if you cancel the course up & until 1 March 2024 you will be charged a $75 administration fee. After 1 March there are no refunds.

If you have any questions then please ask before booking at:

Pictures: By Charles Moriarty, and by Marco Gualdoni (a BOYS! BOYS! BOYS! alumni 2023)

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