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Jan04

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Recently, John assisted Stephen Berkman in shooting a wet plate image for the 2016 American superhero film, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, featuring the DC Comics characters Batman and Superman. John was assisted by Arat (Huge) Komsawadichai during...
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Nov30

Workshop Dates for 2017

Here are the dates for wetplate collodion workshops coming up in 2017. These are group workshops. If you would rather have a one to one workshop and/or a workshop tailored to your individual needs perhaps with albumen printing for example please do contact...
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Aug29

Cyanotype Project at The Lotus Childrens Centre

During mid-August Sebnem Ugural, who John knows from E5 Darkroom in Hackney, went to Mongolia to work with children at The Lotus Childrens Centre. Lotus Children’s Centre is an official Mongolian non- governmental organisation (NGO) that currently...
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Jul30

Wetplate Workshop at Sheffield Hallam University

On the 12th and 13th of July, John was invited to teach wetplate at Sheffield Hallam University to members of staff: Michèle Lazenby, Senior Lecturer, BA HONS Photography, Media Arts; Darcy White MA, Principal Lecturer in Film and Photography; Sonya...
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Oct24

Q & A with Nicky Thompson

John first met Nicky Thompson at his Manchester studio in 2012 where Nicky was learning the wetplate collodion process. Here is an interview he did with her about her most recent project: What inspired you to do this project? I love wet collodion...
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Jun22

A Haunting at Beckley Park

We had a great time doing a little spirit photography for a short ghost film being made at Beckley Park, Oxfordshire. As soon as we arrived at Beckley (“first enclosed”, Wikipedia tells us, “in the 12th century from land held by Roger...
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May25

Photoshoot for ‘The Ninetree Stumblers’

John recently did a wet plate photoshoot for The Ninetree Stumblers, a three-piece band that performs vintage American music of 1920s and ’30s. The band is headed by Liam Kirby, with Ruth Gordon and Dan Weltman. Here’s what their website says...
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May16

Drawn by Light Exhibition

We recently made a very enjoyable trip to the National Media Museum in Bradford on the 28th March to see the wonderful Drawn By Light exhibition being held there from March 20th to June 21st. There are still a couple of weeks left in which you can visit...
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Apr14

Prospectuses for University Campus Suffolk at Ipswich

John has been shooting wet plate portraits for the covers of the Undergraduate, International and Postgraduate prospectuses for University Campus Suffolk at Ipswich. From the University’s website: Behind the cover For the 2016 undergraduate prospectus...
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Mar06

Analogue Tribes – John Brewer

Recently, filmmaker and art director Anton Artemenkov visited the studio to make a short film about John as part of the ‘Analogue Tribes’ series. Analogue Tribes “is a web series of short films featuring analogue image makers, their...
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