Introduction to Black & White Photography

13 November 2021, 10:00 - 14:00

£110 per person

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Two day course – Saturday 13th November & Saturday 20th November 10.00 – 16.00

A step up from our taster sessions, this two-leg workshop is an introduction into the start-to-finish process of analogue black and white photography. You’ll be joining practicing photographer and educator George Miles as he takes you from loading the film and making the photographs, through to processing and printing your negatives. You will leave this workshop with several hand printed silver gelatin prints and your roll of processed film, ready to return to the darkroom confidently during our open access.

On day 1, you’ll spend the morning getting to grips with loading your film and working a 35mm film camera, shortly followed by a 1 hr photowalk in Wakefield city centre. You’ll then return to the darkroom to process your film and learn about the alchemy behind the development process. Your film will then be left to dry for when you return for part 2 of this workshop.

On day 2, you’ll come back to your processed negatives and review them with George, making a selection for print. You’ll be guided through the darkroom printing process and begin to make and refine your own silver gelatin prints, ready to take home with you.

  • What will the students make?

    You will be offered a 35mm camera (unless they prefer to use their own) and given one roll of 35mm film for the photowalk. You will process this roll of film yourself and also make a number of prints from some of the negatives.

  • Who is the course for?

    This course suits those who are new to analogue photography and fancy an immersive introduction, or those who need a refresher. If you are totally new to darkroom processes and fancy a shorter workshop, we would suggest our 2.5hr darkroom printing or processing ‘Taster Sessions’, with our ‘Intro to Black and White Photography’ acting as a more immersive introduction. Then finally, when you feel like you have a good basic knowledge, you arrive at ‘Daniel T Wheeler Darkroom Masterclass’ which is where you’ll leave feeling equipped with advanced extensive technical knowledge and having made a series of refined silver gelatin prints.

  • Do the students need to bring anything?

    Students are not required to bring anything. The Art House have 35mm cameras, Ilford paper and an inspiring selection of photobooks available for this workshop, however, should you choose to work with your own camera please do feel free to bring your own.

  • Working Safely

    We have made some changes to ensure everyone feels confident and safe to come and join in without fear of catching Coronavirus. Our courses are running with fewer participants to allow plenty of room for social distancing. We are also requesting that students attend with a mask or face covering. If you have any concerns or specific requirements regarding attending a course please feel free to get in touch with us by emailing

Workshop and course bookings can be cancelled and refunded up until 7 days before the scheduled start date. Our workshops support the work we do as a charity, and because materials and equipment are ordered in advance, we regret that refunds cannot be offered less than 7 days before the workshop date. Please note that Eventbrite’s booking fee is non-refundable.

Bookings cannot be transferred between courses however bookings can be transferred to another person in the event that you are unable to attend on the day.

In the event that The Art House needs to cancel a workshop for any reason, for example due to tutor illness or if lockdown measures are put back in place your ticket will be refunded in full.

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