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Alternative Photography Summer School

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Alternative Photography Summer School; experimental image making processes to try, plus four monthly online workshops, June - Sept. Free!

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Throughout the summer the Real Photography Company are inviting people to explore the experimental world of image making by joining our free Alternative Photography Summer School. All welcome, no experience necessary.

Summer school activities will be supported with video tutorials on our YouTube Channel, downloadable learning resources from our web site, plus a free monthly online workshop via Zoom.

On registration each participant will receive a free pack consisting of photographic paper, cyanotype paper and a simple lens for a home made camera or camera obscura, (UK only) and gain access to our series of zoom workshops.

We will introduce a new technique each month for participants to try at home or wherever you are:

  • June - Solargraphy: We will show you how to make a pinhole camera from a drinks can, load it with photographic paper and make a pinhole exposure over a day, a month, or 6-month duration and also how to create a camera obscura in a room in your house. Online Workshop - Sun 28 June, 4 - 5.30pm
  • July - Sun Printing: Using photographic and cyanotype paper, which we will provide, we will show you how to create lumen prints and cyanotypes using the action of sunlight. We will also explore anthotyping, making images using light sensitive plant extracts coated onto paper. Online Workshop - Sun 26 July, 4 - 5.30pm
  • Aug - Paper Negatives: Create a non-digital photographic image without specialist darkroom equipment or processing using photographic paper inside a film camera. If you haven't got a camera we will help you make one! Online Workshop - Sun 23, Aug 4 - 5.30pm
  • Sept - Caffenol and Chemigrams: experiment with coffee and other household ingredients to develop film and prints. Online Workshop - Sun 27 Sept, 4 - 5.30pm

Just register to receive a Zoom link to participate in the online workshops - you are welcome to sign up for just one workshop, or come to all four. Registration is free, but if you'd like to make a donation towards our running costs that will be very much appreciated. Thank you!


Do I need a camera to take part in the Summer School?

Any 35mm film camera will be useful for the programme in August, but we will be using paper negatives not film. If you haven't got a camera, we will be encouraging you to make one.

Can each member of my family receive a pack of materials?

Packs of materials will be sent out free while stocks last. Please request if you need more than one pack and we will do our best to send what you need.

Will it be possible to download the learning resources?

Yes of course, these will be provided as freely available downloadable pdfs on our web site.

Can I access the online workshop on my phone?

Yes you can use Zoom on your phone, but you will get a better experience on a laptop and it will be easier to interact with others in the workshop.

Can I take part from outside of the UK?

Yes, even though we wont be able to send you a pack, the materials are easily available worldwide and the resources and videos of the workshops will be available to everyone.

How can I contact the Real Photography Company?

Email us at or if you have any more questions, or see our web site

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