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Welcome to LIoP

Who we are

Welcome to the London Institute of Photography, a private photography school situated in the vibrant Shoreditch district. Founded by award-winning advertising photographer Holger Pooten, LIoP strive to be the leading provider for photography training in the UK, driven by a team of dedicated, enthusiastic professional photographers committed to nurturing the creative talent in each student.

Our primary goal is to help you develop sound technical skills and elevate your photography to a professional level in the shortest possible time. We pride ourselves on offering a variety of courses, including our Professional Photography Course and 10 Short Photography Courses, which cater to students from diverse backgrounds and across the globe.

At LIoP, we believe in fostering a strong community of photographers, encouraging continuous learning and growth both during and after your course. Our unique approach not only focuses on providing training to the highest professional standard but also helps students discover and hone their creative voice.

Why we are different

  • Small class sizes with a maximum of 8 students

  • Our courses are hands-on; you learn your craft on location and in the studio

  • Our trainers are award-winning professional photographers

  • We offer courses to suit all lifestyles & levels

  • You can tailor your schedule to run weekdays, weekends or evenings

  • You can take our Professional Course full time for 10 weeks…

  • … or flexi-time for up to 9 months

  • We help you to develop your own signature, creative style



Founder & Head of the London Institute of Photography

An award-winning commercial photographer, Holger loves to share his passion for photography and impart his knowledge and vision. Holger has over 20 years’ experience as a photographer and has an MA in Photography from the London College of Communication. Prior to founding LIoP he was a university lecturer. His work has won numerous awards and is represented by agents around the world. Recent commissions include projects for Nikon, BMW, Nestlé, Nike, Adidas, The Guardian and Der Spiegel.

Meet the team


Shoreditch, London

Situated a brief stroll from Liverpool Street station, LIoP resides in the historic Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, providing a dynamic environment to refine your photography skills. The majority of our courses are held in our main studios, while for location shoots we explore the colourful tapestry of surrounding locales including Brick Lane, Shoreditch, Spitalfields, and the Barbican.