Photography and Alchemy of the Darkroom - Nottingham Trent University

Photography, Alchemy and the Artists' Book


On this course you will create innovative images that combine digital technology with primitive photographic processes.

This practical course combines digital photography, darkroom processes and the self-published artists’ book.

You will begin by refreshing your knowledge of digital photography as well as improving your awareness of contemporary photography at a local, national and international level.

You will learn simple and effective darkroom techniques that are used by today's artists and designers.

These techniques will enable you to engage with the past and identify with the history of photography and its early pioneers.

During the course you will:

- learn about alternative photographic processes
- draw on established ideas and principles to develop a personal approach to photography and define your own project
- create innovative images that combine digital technology with primitive photographic processes.

No previous experience is required, although owning a digital camera and knowing the basics of working in manual mode is useful.

Level: Beginner

Entry requirement: No experience is required.

Where you'll learn: You will be based in the School of Art and Design on the City Campus.

You’ll find full-size photography studios, equipped with backgrounds and Profoto lighting, a black-and-white darkroom for wet and dry printing processes, and comprehensive Mac editing suites with software for photography editing including Adobe Creative Cloud.

You’ll also have access to our library to use outside of your short course; whilst you can’t reserve or take away books, you are welcome to use them as a resource for research and referencing.

Tutor profiles: Dizzy Ink (Benjamin Kay and Craig Proud) are photographers, designers and image makers who specialise in print and book arts.

As well as teaching at NTU they have their own print studio, Dizzy Ink in Nottingham city centre.

"Great tutors. Great teaching. Great projects." V

"I love this course!" C

Click through above to book your place online.

Need accommodation for the summer?

You can book a self-catered, single room with private bathroom on our city campus, right next door to our studios and classrooms.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

One week of quality tuition with experienced tutors in our state of the art photography studios.

Certificate of attendance upon completion.

Maximum class size: 12


Creative Short Courses at Nottingham Trent University
50 Shakespeare Street

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  • Adults
  • Hearing impaired
  • Limited mobility
  • Public transport
  • Residential
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • UK Holiday
  • Vision impaired
  • Wheelchair users
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