Louis Leeson and Antonio Olmos

13th August – 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Admission Free

For the August talk, PhotoForum is pleased to welcome Louis Leeson and Antonio Olmos. Both photographers have worked extensively for both newspapers and third sector organisations around the world, and their work shares a strong engagement with human rights issues and the photographic representation of traumatic events.

Please come and join this talk for what will be a thought-provoking evening of photography and discussion. As always, PhotoForum is free and open to all. Doors open at 7:00PM for a prompt 7:30PM start.

The Social: Framing your Work

5th September – 6:30pm

Admission Free – Booking Essential

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.

This session focuses on framing, particularly in relation to one’s own practice, with short talks by photographer Jonny Briggs and artist, writer and bespoke framer, Ollie Gapper.

Workshop – Alternative Processes: Cyanotypes/Chemigrams/ Photograms

August – September

£60 – £100

Sayako Sugawara is a London-based Japanese artist working with photography, moving image and installation, who is teaching some of our Alternative Processes workshops. The tactile aspect of the working process is essential in her practice and the focus of her teaching, she will be delivering workshops on Cyanotype, Chemigram, Photogram and Pinhole Photography. As a freelance educational artist Sayako has worked with Camden Arts Centre, Photofusion and Cricklewood Library and facilitated enrichment programmes in various secondary schools in London.

These workshops (half-day or evening) will appeal to those who might only have taken photographs with their phone or a digital camera as well as the more experienced analogue photographer who is looking to explore new techniques.

Alternative Photography Workshop with Imogen Davis

Sunday 18th August 12.00pm – 16.00pm


Working with artist Imogen Davis you’ll have a highly productive day discovering solarisation, selective development, chemigrams & photograms. As Imogen reveals elements of her techniques you’ll experience the various specialisations as you make work and learn the processes. This workshop is designed so that you’ll be able to comfortably use them in your working practice.

A one day workshop where Imogen will take you through a host of techniques used in her personal practice:

1: Photograms – get to grips with the darkroom by learning one of the original photographic techniques.

2: Solarisation – Exposing a partially developed photograph to light, before continuing processing, creating halo-like effects often seen in the work of Man Ray & Francis Bruguiere.

3: Selective Development – abstract your imagery using powdered developer, brushes and sprays.

4: Chemigrams – Painting with photographic chemistry.

Introduction to Darkroom Practice + Black and White Printing

13th & 14th August


This course is aimed at the photographer who already knows how to use their camera and now wants to discover the magic of working in a darkroom.

The one-day course will show you how to process a roll of film that you have previously shot. From these negatives you will discover how to produce a contact print and from this select an image to produce a black & white resin-coated print.

The course will include paper and chemicals. Participants will need to have shot at least one roll of 35mm or 120 film that they bring along on the day. 

This course would be the perfect introduction for the analogue photographer looking to acquire darkroom skills that will subsequently enable them to work independently with our equipment. 

Completion of this course will count as your Induction, which is mandatory for anyone planning to become a darkroom member.

© 2019 New York Photography Diary. All rights reserved. Background image: Ea Vasko Reflections of the Ever-Changing #32, 2010, digital c-print, diasec (matte); Video image: image by Instaberlinerin, artwork by Cecile Wesolowski, pictured Denia Kazakou/ Redd Gallery; Festival image by Vanessa Bouziges