Black and white printing masterclass with John Blakemore

18 Feb 2017 – 19 Feb 2017

Event times

10:00 until 17:00

Cost of entry

Tickets are £300 per person. There is the option to pay in full, or to pay in two instalments one month apart. Please select your preference when booking your ticket.

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The Photo Parlour

England, United Kingdom

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A two-day printing masterclass with one of the finest photographers and printers in the UK.


Master printer and photographer John Blakemore presents a two-day black and white printing workshop at the Photo Parlour, Nottingham. 

The first day of the workshop begins at 10:00, where participants will discuss some of John's prints and go over the finer points of printing, exposure, tone and contrast as well as learning how to read a negative effectively.

John will then demonstrate various printing methods using one of his own negatives in The Photo Parlour darkroom. This gives the opportunity to see exactly how he prints - paper selection, dodging and burning, processing and other techniques. Then John will look at the participants' prints and negatives towards the end of the day, with help from the Photo Parlour's printer Dan Wheeler.

On the second day participants will be getting stuck in and printing from their own negatives in the Photo Parlour darkroom. John will help participants to pick the best negative in their collection to print, and participants will spend the day honing their skills with John and Dan's assistance.

We ask that participants bring a selection of negatives to choose from (preferably B&W, any format up to 5x4 inch), a selection of prints, and some fibre-based paper (no bigger than 16x12") as this produces the highest quality prints. We recommend Ilford Multigrade Classic Fibre Based Paper in gloss finish. Redeye members are entitled to 10% discount on Ilford darkroom pictures when ordering online. Find out more about membership and how to join here.

John Blakemore

'One of photography's most influential practitioners and one of its most important teachers.' – Black and White Photography
John Blakemore's 60 years working in photography represent one of the richest and most expressive of British photographic careers. Beginning in documentary, portrait and commercial practice, he turned to landscape and garden photography, producing extensive journals and notebooks that have led to his more recent concentration on handmade books.

The Photo Parlour
The Photo Parlour provides photographers with film processing, hand printing, darkroom hire, studio hire and gallery space as well as a variety of workshops. Launched in April 2013 in Derby they began by providing black and white film photographers with the space and the necessary facilities to develop film and make black and white prints, as well as take part in a variety of workshops and exhibitions.

They have recently moved their darkroom to our Nottingham branch which provides professional film processing and hand printing services for both colour and black and white film photographers as well as studio hire, gallery space and workshops. As well as a professionally equipped darkroom and film developing facilities, the Photo Parlour offers a friendly and welcoming space for photographers to meet and share work and ideas. 

The Photo Parlour's aim is to keep traditional photography and its processes alive by offering equipment and facilities which are increasingly becoming rare, expensive and sought after, to all types of photographers. With a fixed monthly membership, members can make use of all of our facilities and resources available at our Nottingham branch as well as benefit from being part of a thriving local community. They also offer competitive prices on film developing for all types and formats of film as well as bespoke colour and black and white printing services for truly unique hand made prints.

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