Study day/Workshop The Black and White Print

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
School of Arts
Two days
Course Director
Marc Arkless

Delivered by the Centre For Print Research

Page last updated 7 February 2024


On this two-day course, The Black and White Print, you will learn how to produce prints from black and white negatives, understand the workings of a darkroom and the safe handling, preparation and use of chemistry needed to develop black and white prints, develop an understanding of the creative and visual potential of black and white photography and master the techniques used to produce stunning prints. This includes an understanding on the effect of contrast control on image tone, the effect of exposure on image brightness, burning and dodging, to produce well exposed and correctly balanced black and white prints.

At the end of the course, you will be able to produce well exposed and correctly balanced black and white prints from negatives, that demonstrate an ability to problem solve (e.g. distinguish and correct exposure and contrast and identify common processing and printing faults), and an understanding of the characteristics of black and white photographic materials and make appropriate choice of the materials for the tasks undertaken.

View The Black and White Print flyer (PDF) for more information.

Who is it for?

This course would refresh your skills and knowledge if you have already used a darkroom to produce black and white prints and upskill those of you who have used black and white film and analogue cameras but have used commercial labs to make prints in the past. The understanding and mastering of analogue black and white printing is a transferable skill which will be of use to participants who already print digitally. The course will use a medium format analogue film camera but, if you have an analogue film camera, then by all means bring it along.



Day 1

We will start off with an introduction to black and white photography and look at the work at some of the great black and white photographers and printers. We will then go on to explore the technical aspects of photographic paper and chemistry and have an introduction to the darkroom, the correct use of the enlarger and enlarging lenses. We will produce our first print, looking at the effects of exposure and development and learning about common mistakes and the results on the print.

Day 2

We will explore the techniques available to master print control, pre visualisation, burning and dodging and contrast control and briefly recap. We will end with a group discussion and presentation of participants finished print.


Study facilities

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Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

  • Full price registration: £249
  • *Concessionary price registration: £199

*Available to UWE Bristol staff and alumni (including previous CFPR CPD attendees), anyone reliant on state benefits for their income, anyone currently in full-time education (worldwide) or part-time higher education (UK), and those who are retired.

The course price includes all materials. Please note that tea and coffee will be provided but we are unable to provide lunch.


Tuesday 30 April 2024 and Wednesday 1 May 2024 (10:00-16:00).

Please note the University terms and conditions of purchase for CPD.

How to apply

How to apply

To book your place, please apply online.

Please sign up early to secure your place.

Extra information

About the tutor

Marc has been a practicing landscape photographer for 40 years and has exhibited his work in the UK and Europe. Marc is currently researching a project looking at the links between Milford Haven in West Wales and Nantucket Island Massachusetts USA through the Whaling industry of the 18th and 19th century. Marc was the Exhibitions Manager at Ffotogallery Cardiff for a number of years working with some of the worlds most renowned photographers; the highlight being a three week road trip around Wales with Joseph Koudelk.

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