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Capturing Cityscapes: crafting cameras and shaping perspectives workshop with the RIBA Youth Forum

This workshop, led by artist Liam O’Connor, will introduce you to the simple magic of photography's origins through the construction of your own camera from everyday materials. For ages 13 to 18.

Join us for this interactive workshop as we explore the origins of photography and later construct our own camera from everyday materials. For ages 13 to 18.

Workshop format

The first part of this workshop will focus on construction and explore the principles and methods through which we can project a photographic image.

In the second part of the workshop, we will take these cameras out into the streets around 66 Portland Place and invite others to see the city in a new light.

This will open up conversations on photography's presence in our daily lives and how we can harness it to support our imaginative and critical engagement with architecture and our urban environments.

About the educator

Liam O’Connor has been working in Queretaro, Mexico since January 2016. Between 2014 and 2015 he was artist in residence at the V&A, following four years on a self-initiated residency at the British Museum.

He graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2006 and has exhibited in group and solo shows throughout the UK and Mexico. His work is in the public collections of the British Museum and V&A, as well as private collections.

This is a free workshop, with limited spaces, booking early is advised. For any queries regarding the workshop, please contact

This RIBA Learning event is part of our programming for the RIBA Photo Festival 2023.