We are nationally and internationally renowned experienced qualified photographers and educators in art and science.


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 running photography courses, community projects and dark-rooms 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 processing.

Wendy Leocque

Founder Director

From 2005 – 2014 Wendy was the Darkroom Technician at St Pauls Darkrooms, coordinating all activities at this facility, and from 2015 - 2017 the Darkroom Manager/Technician for the Folk House. She is an experienced tutor, delivering workshops in darkroom skills at several venues. She has a BA (Hons) Degree in Photographic Studies from Derby University and was awarded her MA in Design Management from UCE. She continues to work as a photographic artist, exhibiting her work and teaching  courses.

Justin Quinnell

Founder Director

Justin is a Bristol photographer who has specialised in pinhole photography for the past 27 years. He has taught lots of people loads of stuff all around the place, has recently published a book on teaching light in the classroom 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.

Cathy Poole


Cathy Poole has developed educational activities for people of all ages from Early Years, to Masters students, and Seniors. She is a specialist in Moving Image Education and fundraising, and has worked in the Arts for over 20 years.

Sophie Sherwood


Sophie is an experienced manager and arts administrator having worked throughout the UK. She is currently completing an MA in Photography at the University of the West of England .

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.

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