We are nationally and internationally renowned, experienced, and highly qualified

photographers and educators in art and science.


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Ruth Jacobs

Founder Director

Ruth has a 1st class Photography BA Hons Degree and 30 years experience in photography, teaching and community arts. She worked at Watershed Media Centre managing darkrooms, community photography projects and courses, and supervised relocation of Watershed's darkrooms to St Pauls Learning Centre in 2005. From 2006 Ruth delivered arts and community engagement programmes at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, Felix Rd Adventure Playground and Monica Wills House, Bristol. She now teaches photography and manages St Pauls Darkrooms, having rediscovered her love for black and white and alternative photographic processes.


Wendy Leocque

Founder Director

Wendy is Project Lead for our Windrush activities which started with a Windrush Day Grant Funded project. From 2005 – 2014 Wendy was the Darkroom Technician at St Pauls Darkroom. In 2014 she helped establish the darkroom at Bristol Folk House and became their Darkroom Manager/Technician from 2015 – 2017. She has a BA (Hons) Degree in Photographic Studies from Derby University and was awarded her MA in Design Management from UCE. She continues her practice in photographic art, exhibiting her work and teaching courses and workshops in darkroom skills and alternative printing processes.


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Justin Quinnell

Founder Director

Justin is a Bristol photographer who has specialised in pinhole photography and camera obscura creation for the past 30 years. He has taught locally and internationally and has published several educational books on light and photography, but seems to be best known for taking photos from inside his mouth. He has a BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art Photography from Derby Lonsdale College, a PGCE in Secondary Education and is an Associate Lecturer at Falmouth University.


Sophie Sherwood


Sophie is an experienced manager and arts administrator having worked throughout the UK. She recently completed an MA in Photography at the University of the West of England, and now manages the Darkroom Facility at the Folk House Bristol on a part-time basis and creates her own experimental photographic art.


Cathy Poole


Cathy Poole has developed educational activities for people of all ages from Early Years, to Higher Education, and Seniors. She is a specialist in moving image education and fundraising, and has worked in the Arts for over 30 years.


Mark Simmons


Mark is one of the most established photographers in the UK, specialising in press shots for actors, performance artists, fashion designers, bands and musicians. His archive of classic black and white social and political photo-journalistic images has been widely published and exhibited, and he has now followed this up with a new collection of images of Bristol Community Businesses commissioned by Power to Change.