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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 courses, exhibitions and projects, plus high quality Darkroom facilities available 7 days a week for photographers in Bristol and beyond, with a low cost Membership scheme

We require everyone to attend a short free Darkroom Induction, 

prior to booking Darkroom sessions.

Free - dates and booking here

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photogram of darkroom equipment

Develop your film and make prints at our excellent darkroom facilities available for black and white and colour use, 7 days a week.

Individual or group hire available.

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darkroom in safelight

Six weekly sessions starting

Wed 29 May, 1.30 till 4pm

Free Experimental Photography Workshops for people recovering from addictions. 

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Teabag cyanotype

Previous funded Community Photography Projects include:

  • Winter Warmer Photography Workshops - 3 free Experimental Photography workshops for wellbeing in the cosy Darkrooms in Jan / Feb 2024, followed by hot lunch. Funded by Places for People in response to the ongoing cost of living crisis.

  • Discovering Light Workshops with five local primary schools, Oct 2023 to Jan 2024, funded by the Ogden Trust.

  • Winter Warmer Photography Workshops - 12 free workshops from Jan to March 2023, supported by Quartet.

  • Eclipse Experience Event on 25 Oct 2022 to enable safe viewing, understanding and enjoyment of the partial eclipse, funded by the Institute of Physics. 

  • Windrush Community Project - Ran from Windrush Day, June 2021 to June 2022, funded by a Windrush Grant and Bristol City Council, to commemorate, celebrate and learn about the many ways the Windrush Generation have contributed to Bristol's culture. 

  • Alternative Outdoor Photography Project, Summer 2021, a series of workshops with the public and local youth and community groups, making experimental images using plants and sunlight, funded by Quartet.

  • Photography Lockdown Project 2020 - Zoom workshops for anyone wanting to experiment with pinhole photography, solargraphy, anthotypes, cyanotypes and chemigrams to make creative images during the Covid pandemic. Funded by the Arts Council.

  • Chemistry Workshops with local schools, 2019 - 20, 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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