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.



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.

Regular Supported Darkroom Sessions will be rescheduled as soon as possible. Darkroom Memberships now available.

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Windrush Community Project 

Tues 22 June - come and celebrate Windrush Day at St Pauls Learning Centre!

Pioneers Exhibition Relaunch Event 

We are pleased to announce we have just received funding for an exciting new Windrush Community Project to take place in St Pauls, Bristol from June to December, 2021.

We are kicking off by relaunching The Pioneers photography exhibition of portraits of the Windrush generation in Bristol by photographer Garfield McKenzie, with new portraits in the Café at St Pauls Learining Centre on Tues 22 June, Windrush Day. All welcome, more events, activities, workshops and celebrations to follow.

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

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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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