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, and in normal times we ensure high quality Darkroom facilities are available 7 days a week for photographers in Bristol and beyond, with a low cost Membership scheme, and a programme of Workshops.



We will reopen Darkrooms on Mon 17 May for sessional bookings. Covid-Safe Darkroom Inductions will resume free of charge, and Supported Darkroom Sessions will be rescheduled. Darkroom Memberships are frozen until Mon 17 May.

Alternative Photography Workshops - April to July 2021

A new series of intensive workshops, exploring pinhole photography, solargraphy, anthotypes, chemigrams, lumen printing, cyanotypes and more - produced in collaboration with international artist-photographer, Cristina Nuñez. Early Bird discount available now - see Events for more details.

Sign up for a Free Video Tutorial!

In Bristol at St Pauls Learning Centre, we have just 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!


Last summer we ran a popular Alternative Photography Summer School, funded by an Arts Council Emergency Grant.

See our Resources for downloadable guides and video tutorials on all featured processes such as Room Obscuras, Anthotypes, Chlorophyll Printing, Cyanotypes, Chemigrams and Caffenol, Paper Negatives and more.

Have a look at the Summer School Gallery of amazing images created by participants!

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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