The Real Photography Company are a Bristol-based Community Interest Company incorporated in July 2017,

producing exciting photography projects, and managing Community Darkrooms  at St Pauls Learning Centre, Bristol. 

We aim to revive and refresh traditional and alternative photography, with a programme of workshops, exhibitions and events, plus we provide high quality Darkroom facilities available 7 days a week for photographers in Bristol and beyond, with a low cost Membership scheme.

Covid News - Darkrooms are open!

Book Darkroom sessions via St Pauls Learning Centre, once you have completed a Covid-Safe Darkroom Induction. 

These have resumed, free of charge - book your place here.

Darkroom Memberships now available.

Supported Darkroom Sessions are back!

Friendly and informal evening sessions with help and guidance available

 Wed 28 July or Tues 24 Aug

6 till 8.30pm

£30 including materials

Book Now!

For more details see Workshops

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Our Windrush Community Project has commenced, combining photography, music and celebration with opportunities to meet the Windrush Elders in Bristol and find out more about this pioneering community. We are publishing a book about the Windrush Elders, and commissioning music by the Bristol Reggae Orchestra which we will bring to you in October for Black History Month. The Pioneers Exhibition by Garfield McKenzie is currently on view at St Pauls Learning Centre, please contact the Centre for access details.

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Mr Roy Hackett with photographer Garfield McKenzie at St Pauls Learning Centre Café.

Outdoor Photography Workshops

A series of innovative alternative photography workshops taking place as part of Bristol Photography Festival at outdoor venues with community groups in St Pauls and St Werburghs - plus some workshops open to the public. All free - funded by Quartet.

See our events page for further details and booking

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My Bristol

In Bristol at St Pauls Learning Centre, we have recently mounted a new outdoor exhibition, My Bristol; a selection of images made by participants of community photography projects, available now for everyone to see and completely Covid safe!


Other funded community photography projects include:

  • Chemistry Workshops 2019 - 20 with local schools, Cabot, Glenfrome, St Werburghs, St Barnabus and Evergreen, funded by the Royal School of Chemistry. 

  • Photo-Social Project 2019 - 20 bringing people together for a variety of workshops, talks, exhibitions and other events, funded by the Big Lottery,

  • Photography course, workshops and exhibition in 2019 - 20 for the Over 50's Inner City Photographers funded by Bristol Ageing Better,

  • School Science Project with five local primary schools 2018 - 19, funded by the Ogden Trust,

  • My St Pauls Community Photography Project, 2018 - 19 funded by Bristol City Council, working with local groups including Over 50's, refugees and asylum seekers and people recovering from addictions.

More info in our Project Archive

Find out more about our facilities on the Darkrooms page, or email us with any enquiries.

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