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RPS: Photographers Day workshops

Saturday 1st December

10am until 4pm

From 11:30am…

Mervyn Clingan will lead camera skills sessions followed by photography a photography walk, taking in the weird and wonderful sights of Frome.

10 places available – please contact us to reserve a place.

From 1pm…

Join photographers and gallerists, for a day of discussion and review.  Laura Noble and Sian Bonnell are available for  15 minute portfolio reviews between 1pm and 4pm. Spaces are limited so please contact us for more information or to book at slot.

From 4pm…

We will be welcoming Falmouth based photographer Sian Bonnell who will discuss her work, and London Gallerist and author of ‘The Art of Collecting Photography’ Laura Noble who will talk about collecting photography.  We will also be joined by fine art photographer Richard Learoyd who will be discussing his work.

From 7:30pm…

Laura Noble, Sian Bonnell, Richard Learoyd and other guests  will be lead a critical discussion about the print exhibition.  All are welcome for the debate:  “What makes a good photograph?”

Sian Bonnell is a a Fine Art Photographer based in Cornwall.  Her practice reflects a Dadaist interest in everyday objects, which sh recontextualises in photographs.  A collection of her photographs are currently held by the V & A museum in London, and she has exhibited across Europe and the USA.

Laura Noble is a passionate avocate of photography as a fine art.  She is a photography writer and gallerist, who lectures around the world to students and photography proffessionals.  Laura has also sat on various judging panels, including Les Rencontres d’Arles and The Renaissance Arts Prize – Photography and Video Art Awards.

Richard Learoyd, graduated in Fine Art Photography at the Glasgow School of Art.

“He has a very unique way of working which creates absolutely unique photographs. He build a giant camera that can best be described as a huge camera obscura. The camera is comprised of two rooms. In one room is the model or the object in a light source. In the other room, behind a large lens, is a huge piece of photographic paper. Once exposed, a unique, life-size direct-positive print is created. Unlike the pinhole camera images, Richard’s photographs are clear of distortion, sharp and very detailed. Apart from the technical aspects, he manages to create poetically stunning imagery. He places people, clothed and nude, as well as objects in front of his lens. The exposure takes 8 hours, so the models have to sit still while being under hot lights for the same amount of time. The final and approved images, he destroys the one’s that are imperfect, have a painter-like quality to them with soft tones and melancholic poses. He considers the method to be a natural step in search of the ultimate image.”

Pieter Wisse – 500


Part of the Royal Photographic Society 155th International Print Exhibition.
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All of the activities and workshops are free to members of the public. Donations are very welcome.

Contact Claire Carroll, Arts Coordinator for more information on any of the activities taking place, or to book spaces for workshops.

The events in this programme have been made possible with help from Frome Town Council.

More Information

To find out more, please visit our recommendations online:

The Royal Photographic Society Official Website

Sian Bonnell

Sian Bonnell

Richard Learoyd

Richard Learoyd

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