Study day/Workshop Afghan Box Camera Workshop

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
School of Arts
One day
Course Director
Frank Menger

Delivered by the Centre For Print Research

Page last updated 19 February 2024


The Afghan Box Camera is a camera and darkroom in one, and can produce black and white portraits anywhere. Predominatly used in Afghanistan to make identity images as well as formal portraits at weddings and for special occasions, the camera is a versatile tool for the photographic image maker anywhere lacking a traditional darkroom.

In this one-day course, you will learn about basic photographic principles, such as exposure and processing to make paper negatives and positive prints, and use these skills in a portable darkroom/camera on location.

View the Afghan Box Camera flyer (PDF) for further information.

Who is it for?

This course is aimed at anyone with an interest in photography.



After an induction into the workings of the Afghan Box Camera and a practical demonstration of making negatives and positives, you will have the opportunity to work under guidance with one of three cameras to take portraits in the surroundings of UWE Bristol's Community Gardens. You will leave the course with up to five images.


Study facilities

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Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

  • Full price registration: £129
  • *Concessionary price registration: £103

*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 and PPE. Please note that tea and coffee will be provided, however we are unable to provide lunch.


Wednesday 22 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.

Extra information

About the tutor

Frank Menger works as a Research Fellow in the Centre for Print Research (CFPR) and Senior Lecturer for Photography for Foundation Studies in the School of Arts at UWE Bristol. His interests lie in historic photographic and photomechanical printmaking practices, with a specialist interest in wet-plate collodion photography. In his practice, he researches and combines analogue and digital photographic and printmaking techniques, drawing on a vast experience of traditional techniques combined with novel and innovative approaches.

Frank has extensively taught analogue darkroom photography practices in his previous roles at Goldsmiths' College and at the University of Wales, Newport, and is currently in the process of building a hybrid digital darkroom in a box, based on the principle of the Afghan Box Camera.

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