The Real Photography Company are a group of Bristol-based photographers, incorporated as a Community Interest Company since July 2017. Due to COVID-19, our Darkrooms are currently closed - instead we are presenting accessible photography activities each month for everyone to try: Visit our Summer School page for further information.

We aim to revive and refresh traditional photography, and when not in lockdown we introduce new audiences to the wonders of optical science, silver and light. Our inspirational courses, workshops, events and exhibitions open to the public include Black and White Beginners Courses, Supported Darkroom Sessions, Cyanotype Printing and Pinhole Workshops. At present our workshops and courses have been cancelled, or postponed until September; our Workshop page has more details.

Our recent funded community photography projects include:

  • Chemistry Workshops with local schools, Cabot, Glenfrome, St Werburghs, St Barnabus and Evergreen, funded by the Royal School of Chemistry. Now temporarily halted due to COVID-19.

  • 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

Our spacious, accessible and well-equipped darkrooms are located at St Pauls Learning Centre - currently closed to the public. We will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so and we will update the web site as soon as we know when that is likely to happen.

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

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St Pauls Learning Centre, 94 Grosvenor Rd, Bristol BS2 8XJ 0117 914 5470 (see on map)


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