Category: Workshops

The Photographers’ Place Annual Winter Workshop March 4-6 2011

By , January 17, 2011 5:26 pm

The Photographers’ Place annual winter workshop will be around the theme of expressing feelings through photography, and exploring your personal approach to your image making. There will be an excursion into the historic market town of Wirksworth to take pictures, and an opportunity to get feedback on them. You will have the chance to improve your Lightroom and Photoshop skills, and learn about digital workflow and digital asset management. There will be the opportunity for critiques of portfolios and work-in-progress on personal projects. There will be sessions on Large Format Photography (following up on John Blakemore’s talk) and lighting with small flashes. And we’re keen to hear from you – are there any areas you would like us to cover?

New Workshop Announced – Wirksworth Glenorchy Centre March 4-6.

By , November 14, 2010 9:56 am

Suffering from the winter photographic blues ? Then spend a weekend at The Photographers Place to reinvigorate your practical skills and visual ideas. Don’t wait until British Summertime starts or the first daffodils appear to think about your pictures – immerse yourself in the unique Photographers’ Place experience that has inspired British photographers since 1976.

Special guest will be JOHN BLAKEMORE who is renowned for his beautifully crafted landscapes and still-lives.

Teaching sessions will include how to get the most out of your equipment, whether film or digital; Feedback on your recent or past work from an aesthetic as well as from a technical perspective; How to get your work exhibited and put into book form and by request an advanced Adobe Lightroom session. The cost of the weekend is £300, which includes accommodation and meals (see booking form). We are offering a discount to LIP members, please contact us for details.

There is an interesting interview with John about his work here. John Blakemore is a renowned British landscape and still life photographer and print maker, and one of our most influential practitioners.  His work aims to show the elegance and beauty and the essential mystery of nature. He works simply but intensively, producing immaculate prints with a great intensity and inner spirituality. Continue reading 'New Workshop Announced – Wirksworth Glenorchy Centre March 4-6.'»

A Few Words from Brian Griffin!

By , October 13, 2010 4:19 pm

Brian Griffin's Paris Show

In a letter to Paul Hill, after recently teaching on one of our workshops, Brian Griffin wrote this about his experience. “I find the Photographers Place a refreshing and invigorating place to be, set within the beautiful Derbyshire countryside. Its a place where I can invest with pleasure my love for, and dedication to photography. A place from where I return, fully equipped to tackle my forthcoming projects, through being enthused by the energy and excitement of the tutors and the workshops students”.

Brian currently has a major retrospective show in Birmingham Face to Face which runs until 21st November. He also has a new show opening in Paris from the 19th November – 23 January COLLÈGE DES BERNARDINS 20 rue de Poissy – 75005 Paris.

Wirksworth Workshop with Brian Griffin

By , September 20, 2010 10:56 am
The Wirksworth Workshop with Brian Griffin

The Wirksworth Workshop with Brian Griffin

Names Coming soon!

Paul, Nick, Gill and Martin would like to say thank you for a great weekend! Thank you for the positive feedback.

Pic: Andy Greaves

ENVIRONMENTAL PORTRAITURE WORKSHOP – September 17-19th in Wirksworth

By , June 7, 2010 1:41 pm

The Photographers’ Place workshop weekend, September 17-19 in Wirksworth, Derbyshire, is on the theme of environmental portraiture, with a guest, Brian Griffin, one of Britain’s most distinguished portrait photographers.

The weekend is about approaches to portraiture on location. There will be plenty of practical experience, going out into the old market town in small groups, to ‘sitters’ and locations arranged in advance for you to photograph – or you can go off to do your own thing. And there will be a session on how to use lighting to improve portraits.

The three leaders, all teachers in photography and all with a wealth of experience and strong individual approaches in portraiture, are Paul Hill, Nick Lockett and Martin Shakeshaft.

Brian Griffin, with his huge experience in making iconic images of famous faces, will be joining the workshop on Saturday to offer his expertise. It is an opportunity to hear four strong voices on making photographic portraits on location.

There will be open feedback sessions on images made during the weekend and portfolio reviews on request. Again, it is an opportunity to ‘eat sleep and breathe’ photography for a whole weekend with supportive and like-minded practitioners in an informal environment.

The fee for the weekend workshop is £300 which includes accommodation, full board and all tuition.

If you would like more information please phone THE PHOTOGRAPHERS PLACE 01335 370183 or use this booking form.

Workshop Announcement: Environmental portraiture with special guest, BRIAN GRIFFIN 17-19 September 2010.

By , May 19, 2010 4:29 pm
George Melly by Brian Griffin

George Melly by Brian Griffin

Environmental portraiture with special guest, BRIAN GRIFFIN 17-19 September 2010 in Wirksworth on the edge of the Peak District, Derbyshire.

Brian Griffin was born in Birmingham in 1948 and studied photography in Manchester before starting work as a freelance photographer in 1972. Since then he has produced images for major magazines and advertising campaigns in Britain and abroad. He has a long association with the music industry, numbering among his subjects Siouxsie and the Banshees, Elvis Costello, Peter Gabriel, Depeche Mode and REM. He is currently working on a commission from the National Portrait Gallery/BT creating the definitive photographic record of the people behind London 2012.

Be inspired by the masters! Eat drink and sleep photography with fellow enthusiasts and renowned tutors.

Improve your photographic seeing and camera technique including digital capture: make photo books, publish your work and produce pictures for exhibitions, and get feedback on your current work.

Aimed at photographers who have gone beyond the beginners’ stage, you will meet like-minded image-makers for an informal and supportive weekend in a beautiful region of the country.


To book your places please use this form. Or for more details email us or phone The Photographers’ Place   01335 370183

New Community Page for the Ilam Workshop Participants.

By , April 18, 2010 8:54 pm

As promised I have set up a discussion board for everyone that attended the Ilam Hall workshop this weekend. This is the first time we have used this software so if you have any problems please let us know.

April workshop place available.

By , April 6, 2010 11:32 am
Click on Poster for Details

Click on Poster for Details

Due to illness we have a spare place on our April workshop. The event takes place at Ilam Hall, near Ashbourne, Derbyshire from April 16 – 18 2010. It begins on the Friday evening, 16 April, through until late afternoon on Sunday, 18 April.

Fees:  £300 including all tuition and 2 nights full board – Please contact us as soon as possible to book your place.

Booking Form.

Review of Photographers Place Workshop – September 1985

By , April 5, 2010 3:15 pm

Review of Photographers Place Workshop September 1985.

At the Photographers Place we are very proud of our heritage. Here is a review from Amateur Photographer of a workshop run by Fay Godwin and Paul Hill in 1985. Click the image for a full sized version.


By , March 29, 2010 1:00 pm

The ‘new look’ Photographers’ Place workshops have obviously hit the right note because the April weekend filled up very quickly. So a second one has been arranged from 4 to 6 JUNE at Ilam Hall on the Derbyshire-Staffordshire border, this time with a guest – John Davies, the renowned fine art landscape photographer. Although landscape-themed, the workshop will be primarily about ideas and aesthetics as well as processes and methods.

The fabled Photographers’ Place in Derbyshire’s Peak District, which was Britain’s first permanent photography workshop and study centre, originally started in the 1970s and ran for twenty years.

But now the legend lives again with a series of photography weekends run by Martin Shakeshaft, Nick Lockett, and The Photographers’ Place founder, Professor Paul Hill.

The second of the new workshops takes place at the impressive Ilam Hall, near Ashbourne on 4-6 June. As in the original Photographers’ Place, the weekend workshop appeals to those who have gone beyond the beginners’ stage and want  a chance to immerse themselves in photography and explore making landscape photographs from an aesthetic as well as from a technical point of view. Continue reading 'PHOTOGRAPHERS SEEKING INSPIRATION RUSH TO THE ‘NEW LOOK’ PHOTOGRAPHERS’ PLACE: UPDATED'»

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