This event is part of the MAKE strand in our new autumn/winter programme;

We apologise for any inconvenience caused, but due to unforeseen circumstances we have had to cancel this event.

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.

This event starts on Saturday 18th February at 10:00 until 17:00 and continues on Sunday 19th February at 10:00 until 17:00. Doors open at 09:30. 

This event takes place at The Photo Parlour, Unit 8, 18 Queensbridge Rd, Nottingham NG2 1NB. The venue is fully accessible. 

Please book your ticket using the link below. You need to be signed in to do so. 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. 

Who is it for?
This workshop is suited to black and white film photographers who wish to hone their darkroom skills and learn techniques from one of the best and most highly regarded black and white printers in the country. No experience necessary, although it will help if you have already shot on B&W negative.

Please note our terms and conditions including our refund policy.
Image: John Blakemore

Related MAKE events:
Nightlight Darkroom Open Studio (members only)
Workshop and Critique with Melinda Gibson
Photographer talks including Susan DergesLaura Pannack & Brian Griffin

Redeye, Chittenden Horley, Hyde Park House Business Centre, Cartwright Street, Hyde, SK14 4EH, UK
© 2010–2024 Redeye The Photography Network