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

Darkrooms Inductions

We require everyone to attend a Darkroom Induction, prior to booking Darkroom sessions.

Free - August Induction available now, book here.

Photography Courses and Workshops

Learning about film based photography including developing film and making black and white prints from negatives in the Darkrooms.

New dates coming soon

Pioneers Photo Book

This beautiful book was officially launched on Windrush Day, 22 June 2022, and there are still copies available to buy.

Order yours here

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My Bristol

At St Pauls Learning Centre, Bristol, we mounted an outdoor exhibition on the side of the building; My Bristol; a selection of images made by participants of community photography projects - displayed on Grosvenor Rd for everyone to see.


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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