London Alternative Photography Collective, September Meeting

On Tuesday 2nd September at 6.30pm, London Alternative Photography Collective will be meeting at Doomed Gallery Dalston.




Venus, Four Colour Photo-etching, Luci Eldridge.

Venus, Four Colour Photo-etching, Luci Eldridge.


Luci is currently studying towards a thesis led PhD at the Royal College of Art, having gained a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Loughborough University in 2011 and an MA in Printmaking from the Royal College in 2013. Recent exhibitions include; On New Grounds (Bluecoat, Liverpool), Alter//Shift//Control (Bermondsey Project, London), Multiplied (Christies, London) Digital Futures (Design Week at the V&A), Selected Works and Projects from the RCA Graduate Show (Christies, London), PHOTO & PRINT (Charlie Dutton Gallery, London) and New Prints (International Print Centre, New York). In 2011 she was awarded the Leicester Print Workshop Graduate prize, and in 2013 was shortlisted for the Terrance Conran and Augustus Martin awards. Permanent collections include the British Museum and Royal College of Art print archives.


Sapling (Air Ministry), Nicholas Middleton, Glass Plate.

Sapling (Air Ministry), Nicholas Middleton, Glass Plate.

Nicholas Middleton is an artist living and working in London and has exhibited widely as a painter. In his practice most of his paintings are based on photographs, and more recently the photography has assumed a greater importance in its own right. Since 2011,he has been
writing the Photo-Analogue blog as a space to detail experiments, investigations and research into various aspects of film-based photography, both current and historical. He is currently engaged in a project of photographing the city at night with vintage glass plates.

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London Alternative Photography Collective’s 1st Birthday!

The London Alternative Photography Collective has now been running for one whole year!

If you don’t know what the London Alternative Photography Collective is… we run talks every First Tuesday at Doomed Gallery, Dalston – a lens based gallery on Ridley Road.
We’ve recently moved from The Double Negative Darkroom in Hackney – a brilliant darkroom for alternative processes but unfortunately we had to move due to our growing following!

Over the past twelve months, we’ve had photo-historians such as Gavin Maitland, fine printers such as Mike Crawford, Toby Deveson and Peter Moseley,  experimental alchemists such as Constanza Martinez and Sarah Evan Jones and even artists working between the boundaries of digital and analogue such as Adam Brown and David Blackmore. The film maker David Leister gave us a screening of his unique photogram-inspired 16mm films and we even hosted an exhibition at The Double Negative Darkroom called Light Play featuring artists Sam White, Douglas Nicolson, Scarlett Pimlott-Brown and Crazy G Linc, the camera meddler!

In April 2014, the London Alternative Photography Collective collaborated with Doomed Gallery and The Double Negative Darkroom to create London Pinhole Festival, a weekend long event dedicated solely to the wonder of pinhole photography. There was a curated exhibition, a party, a large format portait tent on Ridley Road Market where passers-by could be photographed, a coffee tin pinhole camera workshop and a flashmob of simultaneous pinhole exposures. It has truly been an amazing year of community building, of innovation and blatant, bare-faced nerdiness! Consequently we have decided to celebrate this with a birthday party and exhibition of the past speakers from our very first year.

The confirmed exhibiting artists are…


The exhibition opens at 7pm on Thursday 24th of July 2014  with a performance from Adam Brown, demonstrating how a vinyl record can be translated visually. There will also be birthday cake!

If you can’t make the private view, the exhibition will continue daily from 25-27 July 2014 12pm – 6pm.

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London Alternative Photography Collective, August 2014 Meeting.

On Tuesday 5th August at 6.30pm, London Alternative Photography Collective will be meeting at Doomed Gallery Dalston. (Doors; 6.30pm, Talks; 7.00pm)

Talks By:

Rosie Emerson

Rosie Emerson, 2014

Rosie Emerson, 2014

Rosie Emerson, Sirens, 2014

Rosie Emerson, Sirens, 2014

Rosie Emerson was born in Dorset in 1981. Since graduating in Fine Art from Kingston University In 2004. Rosie’s figures draw reference from archetype’s old and new, from Artemis to the modern day super model. Unrestrained in her technique she uses costume, intricate props, dramatic lighting, and playful collage to elevate her subjects to otherworldly, goddess like status. Staged without context or background, her subjects are objectified, adorned and manipulated, becoming an allegory of Emerson’s own fantasy.

‘My painting style is quite visceral and loose, by combining it with collage and photography it allows me to balance energy and precision, and create something, which despite hours of planning will still surprise me in its results.’

Her screen prints using natural materials, such as ash, sawdust and charcoal shift the focus of printmaking from precision and replication to creating unique, hand-finished prints with subtle texture.

In 2012, Will Ramsey; founder of The Affordable Art Fair deemed her work; ‘Beautiful, highly original and certainly collectable’ The Sunday Times Style Magazine.
Rosie has exhibited widely in the UK, as well, Europe, LA, Singapore, Hong Kong and Dallas. Rosie has also worked with Sony, Triumph Underwear, Redbull, P&O Cruises, Toms, and Jewelry designer Annoushka Ducas. Her unique collage style as led to her work being featured in the likes of Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Another Magazine, The Financial Times Magazine, and The Sunday Times Style Magazine.

Rosie currently lives and works in East London.

South East Analogue

South East Analogue is a collective made up of three photography students about to enter their third and final year of studies at London College of Communication. All three shoot exclusively on film, sharing interests in analogue methods of processing.
Their work is concerned with ideas about personal landscape and home, which they consider as South East London.

Tom Addison’s most recent body of work was shot on 35/120mm from the end of March to the beginning of June 2014 and serves as a documentary of his life for that particular period of time.
Mark Damian’s work is concerned with the idea of his personal landscape. We live and work within our personal landscape, surrounded by objects, ideas, beliefs and values that help shape our personal identities.

Harriet MacFarlane is interested in the idea of home.
The work she has been making as part of South East Analogue explores the idea of London as her new home, after moving from the south of England to the city. Her photographs of her close personal landscape (the house she resides in) alongside photographs of vast empty spaces in London aim to articulate her feelings towards living in London – She says “It’s easy to be lonely but you can never truly be alone”.

June 2014 Meeting


River Soča, Slovenia 08/13, Toby Deveson.

River Soča, Slovenia 08/13, Toby Deveson.

Nocturne, Mike Crawford, 2014, Lith

Nocturne, Mike Crawford, 2014, Lith


On Tuesday 3rd June 2014 at 6.30pm, London Alternative Photography Collective will be meeting at Doomed Gallery Dalston



Mike Crawford will present a talk on his series, Nocturnes, which explores the city in twilight. Much of the work is abstract and multilayered, using reflections and shadows to suggest stories within a story. Other images are purposely diffused, unwanted detail subdued to leave shape and form.

Shot in a variety of locations on 35mm, the work is unified by the lith process. Printed on discontinued and outdated paper, the contrast and colour of the photographs are intensified and the texture and grain enhanced. Mike’s talk will consider the influences behind the work, his use of lith printing for this particular series as well as a historical review on the process.

‘The longer I linger over the prints, the more intrigued I am by them. I almost feel as though I’m looking at stills from a strange and mysterious film – a kind of Edward Hopper existence in the night-time city where life is caught in the reflection of a rain-spattered window or through a shady doorway. It’s enticing and strange and not without it’s moments of darkness.’
Elizabeth Roberts, Black and White Magazine

Mike Crawford is a photographer and specialist photographic printer based in London. He has printed for many leading photographers, working on numerous exhibitions and publications. In addition, he has held several exhibitions of his own photography, primarily working in urban landscape and portraiture. Mike is an Ilford Photo Master Printer and has taught at several Universities and Institutes and is the author of four technical photographic books and numerous articles for various photographic magazines.


Toby has been taking black and white photographs since 1989, always using an old Nikkormat and the same 24mm lens he ‘borrowed’ from his father over twenty years ago.
Whether he is photographing landscapes or people, Toby approaches his work in the same way, moving through his environment surprisingly quickly. Always watching and absorbing, constantly experimenting with framing and composition.
Toby has exhibited extensively, most recently at The Strand Gallery in central London in May & June 2012. 
Toby is currently exhibiting “West of the Sun” at Silverprint.

London Alternative Photography Collective, May Meeting

On Tuesday 6th May at 6.30pm, London Alternative Photography Collective will be meeting at Doomed Gallery Dalston, 65 – 67 Ridley Road, E8 2NP.



Mark Ingham, 120 Days of Staggering and Stammering

Mark Ingham, 120 Days of Staggering and Stammering

Ingham makes site-specific art installations that in practice and theory explore ideas of autobiographical memory and its relationships with photographic images. ‘120 Days and Nights of Staggering and Stammering’ is an installation made up of multiple SLR cameras modified to create photographic projectors. The projected photographic images are an exploration into experiences of remembering and forgetting. Mark has completed an AHRC funded practice-led PhD at Goldsmiths College, University of London in 2005. Mark studied BA Sculpture at Chelsea School of Art and Design and then went to the Slade School of Fine Art for his postgraduate studies. Mark was then awarded the Henry Moore Foundation Fellowship at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts. Mark is currently Contextual and Theoretical Studies Coordinator in the Spatial Communication/CTS programme at LCC.


Anthony Carr, Fall Back, Spring Forward, Camera 11, 2013

Anthony Carr, Fall Back, Spring Forward, Camera 11, 2013

Anthony Carr
Fall Back, Spring Forward, Camera 11 2013
23cm x 31cm (print size)

Fall Back, Spring Forward is a recent test project undertaken at the gardens of Burghley House, Lincolnshire, studying the moon’s path as it crosses the nocturnal sky using experimental makeshift time-lapse cameras. This particular pinhole photograph represents 1175 hours of exposure over a 4 1/2 month period. The moon is seen rising from the east and reflected in the estate’s large lake.

Read Anthony’s London Pinhole Festival interview here.

Anthony Carr is an artist and photographer whose current practice is predominantly focused on lo-fi photographic processes. He creates images using various methods of primitive production, from the assembling of homemade pinhole cameras to the constructing of room-sized camera obscuras. 

Often demanding extremely long exposure times, the pinhole photographs can have a typical exposure lasting anywhere from a few weeks to several months. He is fascinated by the marks and subtleties that manifest over time, with only the trace of human activity seen for instance in the routine shifting of furniture or the repeated laying of a table. 

Carr’s documentary approach is heavily influenced by our surveillance culture and he has always been fascinated by the elevated viewpoint of CCTV cameras and the quality of images they produce. From their distinct position surveillance cameras are able to silently and constantly observe. This continuous watching without blinking relates directly to his own work and while everything is recorded, virtually nothing but a hint of this is seen in the work. Months mirror moments. 

Carr’s recent projects have captured interiors, exteriors and landscapes from grandiose English houses in Great Windsor Park (24,7,17) and Burghley estate (A Burghley Season) to the forgotten landscape of Milton Keynes’ city centre park (The Forgotten Quarter: An Obscured Camera Production) and the nocturnal cityscape of Derby (A Month of Nights, Derby). Anthony Carr lives and works in London.


The London Alternative Photography Collective aims to provide a forum for anyone interested in alternative photography ideas and processes.

Accessibility and experimentation is at the heart of LAPC. We provide monthly artist talks, opportunities to exhibit works and will organise special events such as: photo walks, demonstrations and workshops.

We encourage everyone from amateur, emerging and established photographers to get involved! If you would like to learn a particular process, please do get in touch, as we are in touch with many specialists who may be able to help you.

On April 25-27th April 2014, London Alternative Photography Collective,Doomed Gallery Dalston and Double Negative Darkroom are collaborating to bring you London Pinhole Festival.


Doomed Gallery support emerging and established artists who exploit photography within their practice. Doomed regularly work with; Space is AcePROWL HOUSEThe Photocopy club and many more.

If you would like to curate an exhibition at Doomed, please contact:,


Call For Submissions – London Pinhole Festival, 25-27 April 2014.

Pinhole Photograph of Tower Bridge - Wulfus

Pinhole Photograph of Tower Bridge – Wulfus

London Alternative Photography Collective and Doomed Gallery are collaborating to bring you a brand new 3 day festival celebrating Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day on 27 April 2014.

The London Pinhole Festival would like to invite pinhole photographers to join and participate in this 3 day event, which will include an exhibition, a pinhole camera workshop and talks.

The events will run from Friday 25th April to Sunday 27th April with a full programme to be announced shortly.

On Wednesday 2nd April, our London Alternative Photography Collective meeting at Double Negative Darkroom will be pinhole themed, and we urge you to bring along your own pinhole photographs and DIY cameras.

We would also like to invite international submissions of pinhole photographs and DIY pinhole cameras.
You can submit via email to, which could include up to 5 images and a brief description of your process. Deadline: 14th of April 2014.

If you are selected by our panel of judges for the exhibition you must deliver the selected image by April 21st . Your work must be supplied to us ready to hang and you must cover return shipping.



Pinhole // London Alternative Photography Collective, April Meeting

On Wednesday 2nd April at 6.30pm, London Alternative Photography Collective will be meeting at The Double Negative Darkroom at 178A Glyn Road in Hackney.

This month’s talk is themed on pinhole photography, to promote Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day on April 27. Please bring along your pinhole photography prints and DIY Pinhole Cameras along for show and tell!

We are also hosting LONDON PINHOLE FESTIVAL at Doomed on 25-27 April, so please see the website for further details and submission deadlines.

This is the last time we will be meeting at Double Negative, as LAPC talks will be moved to Doomed Gallery, Dalston starting in May 2014.

The move is due to practical reasons, and we will continue to work with Double Negative on many projects in the future. We will be providing refreshments, and an opportunity to chat about alternative photography processes. There will be talks from;

Sebnem’s recent feature in The Telegraph, March 2014.

Ugural's photography studio-cum-bedroom in Hackney, London (Sebnem Ugural)

Ugural’s photography studio-cum-bedroom in Hackney, London (Sebnem Ugural)

“Sebnem Ugural was born and raised in Turkey. She studied political science and moved to the UK for her MA in Human Rights. She started taking photographs in 1998 with an analogue camera and has been working as a freelance photographer since 2006 in different fields. Pinhole photography tempted her couple of years ago. She mostly takes self portraits with her home made pinhole cameras. She will be teaching pinhole photography to socially disadvantaged children for the project run by IMECE and awarded by BBC Children in Need. She occasionally runs workshops.”


Timothy Bennett - Broadstairs (North)

Timothy Bennett – Broadstairs (North)

Tim has been working at the forefront of London’s fine art and fashion photographic industry for over 15 years as a printer and retoucher. He has worked with many of the world’s major photographers and galleries. He started out doing an apprenticeship as a c-type hand printer before teaching himself Photoshop as the industry went digital and moving into retouching and digital c-type printing. Outside of his day job Tim is very interested in exploring the relationship between analogue and digital processes and how the combination of both can result new forms of both photography and printing. 




“My home is London, England but for the last several years my husbands job has taken us to Houston, Texas and now St John’s, Newfoundland. This has taken me on a journey from teacher, wife, mother to photographer. Houston gave me Glassell School of Art with it’s darkroom, amazing teachers and a wonderful supportive group of fellow students. During this time I really grew to love film, there is nothing more magical than seeing your image appear in the developer! I have a variety of cameras 35mm, medium format, 4×5 (yet to be used), plastic and pinhole. I use B&W film, which I process myself, but also experiment with a variety of color films. The move to St John’s took away the darkroom but brought me an iPhone and a new creative outlet. I now spend more time in the UK where I am part of London Alternative Photography Collective and eventually hope to get back in the darkroom again. Whilst in Houston some of my portrait work was included in Foto Fest 2012 exhibitions and the annual student show at Glassell School of Art, summer 2012. More recently one of my iPhone images received an Honorable Mention in The Fine Art Category at the 3rd annual Mobile Photography Awards. I began my ‘pinhole experiments’ when I was still living in Texas and as a lover of plastic cameras it seemed only natural to use Holga’s. Last year I returned to it again when I participated in World Wide Pinhole Photography Day, 28 April 2013. By chance I happened to be in Twillingate, Newfoundland and took the opportunity to photograph one of the first icebergs of the season. I love the timeless quality of pinhole images as well as the way the seem to capture the light. It is a process which certainly requires me to slow down and is a good counterbalance to my iPhoneography. The more I have been experimenting with pinhole the more I realize this is the medium I want to use to capture Newfoundland, this ‘marvelous, terrible place’ which is unique and unpredictable.”

About London Alternative Photography Collective

The London Alternative Photography Collective aims to bring together artists and photographers around London who wish to share alternative photography ideas and processes. The group meet at the Double Negative Darkroom at 178A Glyn Road in Hackney, E5 0JE. We provide artists talks, discussions about Alternative Photography Processes, demonstrations and opportunities to collaborate. Anyone interested in Alternative Photography is welcome to join.

About Double Negative Darkroom

Double Negative Darkroom Is a budding, London independent photographic community and lab. Fast becoming a European centre for Alternative photographic process and Silver gelatin teaching and learning. As Double Negative provides free refreshments at the London Alternative Photography Collective, we would ask that you bring a £3 donation (£2 to darkroom members) to the event.