The Art of Black and White Photography - Summer School (short course)

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Why study this course?

Whether you are new to film photography or you have previous experience of the darkroom and want to refresh and revisit, this course is a great way to learn how to shoot beautiful photos and process and print your own black-and-white film.

More about this course

Learn the craft of processing black-and-white film and darkroom printing. This intensive darkroom course will take you from the basic fundamentals of black-and-white 35mm and medium format film, through to the more advanced techniques for producing exhibition-quality prints. Run in our fully equipped darkrooms, the course will cover printing on resin-coated and fibre-based variable contrast papers, dodging and burning, pre-flashing, and caring for your prints and negatives.

The course will be a fully immersive introduction to using film and to the art of hand printing. We will look at past masters and contemporary photographers working in black and white. We will discuss genres and how to begin to make a body of work. You will have the chance to photograph around east London and immediately return to our unique fully equipped darkroom facilities to process and print your work and see your vision come to life.

The course is aimed at beginners and intermediate-level photographers and anyone wishing to learn a new set of skills. If you have always wanted to learn how to shoot, process and print your own black-and-white film, this is the course for you. If you have previous experience of darkrooms but would like to refresh your memory and hone your skills, then this course will also be of interest. 

Fees and key information

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Course structure

The first day will be spent learning about different processes and the photographers who use them. We will spend time in the darkroom learning a range of experimental processes, pinhole cameras, the cyanotype process and then we will dedicate the rest of the week to processing films and developing darkrooms skills, to produce a series of contact prints, work prints and an exhibition-quality print.

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When to apply

Please note, the deadline to book a place on one of our short courses is one week before the start date. If you have missed the deadline, please get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate you.