Darkroom London runs a number of regular courses led by experienced staff, members, and special guests. Through workshops, lectures and private tuition, their teachers will enable you to learn different aspects of analogue processes.
- Darkroom Taster
- Basic Darkroom Practice and Black and White Printing
- Introduction To Your Camera and Basic Darkroom Practice
- Intermediate Black and White Printing
- Pinhole Photography
- Sepia Toning
- Experimental Photography
- Polaroid Lift
- Van Dyke Brown
- Lumen Process
- Guest Courses
15 January , 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Tickets £6, Concessions £5
Autograph’s Senior Curator Renée Mussai discusses the creation of Lina Iris Viktor’s exhibition, the research that informs the works on display, and Viktor’s performative engagement of the self.
Using the exhibition as a point of departure, Mussai will also reflect on the process of working closely with artists – especially black women and gender non conforming practitioners – to develop immersive curatorial projects and site-specific gallery installations. Viktor’s work will be considered in relation to contemporary artists such as Zanele Muholi, Aida Silvestri, Jeannette Ehlers, and Phoebe Boswell, all of whom have exhibited at Autograph in recent years.
Mussai will be joined by independent curator Karen Alexander, discussing shared curatorial concerns and the common threads running through the work of these artists as they explore the edges of reality, the personal, political, imaginary, history and memory.
This illustrated talk will be followed by Q&A with the audience.
23 January, 6:30pm
The Photographers’ Gallery
Free admission, but need to book in advance
The Social is a bi-monthly advice and networking session for photographers, where participants are encouraged to network and join the conversation. Deliberately informal, each event includes two presentations by photography professionals, who offer tips or advice on the chosen theme, with a short break in between for socialising. Photographer Yuki Sugiura is joined by Art Director at Octopus Publishing Yasia Williams Leedham to offer tips on the theme of food photography.
20 January, 6:30-7:30pm
Tickets £10 talk only, Talk followed by private view £20.50
Join exhibition curator Emma Lewis to find out more about Dora Maar’s diverse career and her broad artistic practice. You will also get behind-the-scenes insights into the planning and staging of the exhibition. This hour-long talk will be followed by an optional private view of the exhibition. Emma Lewis is Assistant Curator, Tate Modern. She has curated or co-curated the exhibitions Dora Maar, Olafur Eliasson: In real life, Modigliani and Wolfgang Tillmans: 2017. Emma has written monographs for many artists and is the author of Isms: Understanding Photography (Bloomsbury/Rizzoli 2017).
23 January, 6:30-8pm
Tickets £12, Concessions £8
Steve McQueen’s Year 3 project features photographic portraits of thousands of London schoolchildren. This panel discussion invites contributors to reflect on the installation and how it might speak to current debates around identity, childhood and belonging. What does this project say about the future of London? How does it relate to the status of arts education today? Contributors include the poet Theresa Lola, the primary teacher Ben Jones and the writer and curator Ekow Eshun, with the discussion chaired by Gaylene Gould.
17 February, 6:30-8pm
Tickets £12, Concessions £8, Tate Collective £5
As Tate Modern presents the first major exhibition of Steve McQueen’s artwork in the UK for 20 years, this is a unique chance to hear the artist discuss his practice. McQueen will be joined in conversation by Professor Paul Gilroy from University College London. The conversation will be chaired by Clara Kim, The Daskalopoulos Senior Curator, International Art at Tate Modern. The evening will be introduced by Frances Morris, Director of Tate Modern. There will also be an opportunity for audience questions.
30 January, 2pm
National Portrait Gallery
The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize is the leading international competition, open to all, which celebrates and promotes the very best in contemporary portrait photography from around the world. Discover selected works from the Gallery’s prestigious photographic portrait competition.