with Artist:  Tim Dessau

Signature Photography 


Duration: 4 weeks

Day: Wednesday

Language: German / English

Class size: min. 5

Venue: Studio IAAN(Chausseestr. 11) & Other places

Course Description:

In this course, students will learn the concept of signature photos : 

what is the unique photographic element that can be found in an image or captured in a moment? Students will also discover signature photos in the work of great classical photographers. This semester, students will visit the Walker Evans exhibition. 

With guidance from a professional photographer, practical assignments, photo-shooting around the city, students will be able to develop their skills and find their own signature style.


Week 1.

Lecture: Introduction to photo signatures

Assignment: Find a photo signature in your favorite photo


Week 2.

Visit: The Walker Evans exhibition.  Students will bring their own camera to take pictures on the way to the exhibition. Assignment: Find a photo signature that resembles one of the stylistic elements of Walker Evans 


Week 3.

Visit: Refine your own style

Students will explore the city together with the instructor and find photo signatures that gives inspiration to shoot. Assignment: Explore and take photos of your favorite spot in Berlin either by yourself, or with others


Week 4.

Lecture: Students will view and discuss pictures and signature images taken during the course 

Assignment: Celebrate the end of the course! Students and the instructor can meet in the park for a picnic or visit the instructor’s studio ( Kreutzigerstr. 10) 


By the end of the course you should be able to:

- Deepen your understanding of master photographers through the concept of photo signatures

- Apply the concept of photo signatures to sharpen your vison for timeless compositions

- Learn how to fine tune your camera to capture the photo signatures you see


Course Language:

German / English


What level is this course?

This course is designed for anyone who is interested in the subject.


How will I be taught and will there be any work outside the class?

The class will be organized in lectures, visits and walking around the city. Top-tips from a working photographer will be given to the students throughout the course.



Instructor: Tim Deussen

Tim Deussen was born on the 1st of May 1968, in Germany. He studied photography at the New York University. Since his graduation with an MA Degree in 1996, he participated with his photo and video works in numerous exhibits, among them “Show your Wound” at the Goethe Institute in Tel Aviv, “The means of Art” at Kunsthaus Dresden, “Easy Transport” at the Museum of contemporary art in Skopje Macedonia, and several exhibits in Berlin where he has his studio and works as a freelance photographer.



- by E-mail: 

Please send an email to with your

name, phone number, course title and language(ger/eng).

- drop-in visit

Visit Studio IAAN from 11am - 4pm, Mon - Fri. 

(location: Chausseestr. 11, Berlin-Mitte) *entrance via Tieckstr.1a


Who can I contact for further information?

Please contact for further inquiries.

For a drop-in visit, you can come to Studio IAAN located on Chausseestr. 11

and ask for project manager Kim from Mon - Fri, 11am-4pm.