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Cameraless Photography

Cameraless Photography

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Guy Paterson


Reducing photography to its purest form, this course encourages participants to engage with the rudimentary physical action of light and chemicals on a two dimensional surface.  These simple parameters enable a fertile and stimulating crossover between photography, painting, printmaking and graphics.  Using the black and white wet darkroom as a base, a series of simple techniques will be introduced and you are given maximum time to explore their creative agendas.  Working within these parameters a surprisingly stimulating and engaging workflow arises.  

Areas explored are:

  • Photograms - dramatic shadow pictures exploring composition and the interaction of two and three dimensional space
  • Contact printing - the inversion of the tones of the image often allows an extra dimension
  • Painting with light - torches are used to control the action of light
  • Chemigrams - applying chemistry locally to influence development
  • Photo-batik - using hand cream on the paper to protect local areas from chemistry
  • Lumen prints - you are shown that a great deal of this graphic activity can take place outside the darkroom and how conventional black and white paper can yield a surprising amount of subtle, beautiful colours

Most students will take away a large body of experimental but presentable work.

Please note that all courses scheduled to start before 30 June 2020 will take place in an online classroom. Courses starting after this date will be held in our onsite classrooms.

For more information on Online Short Courses please see the below information.

All our Online Short Courses include:

  • Live online lessons with the same tutors
  • The same course content and learning outcomes
  • Lesson recordings, for review
  • Access to VLE with course content
  • Forums for support
  • 3 months online access
  • Certificate upon completion

Further details about preparing for your online course, and the equipment you need, can be found here.

Please note that all courses are taught in UK time. To check and compare times please click here.

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Online courses are not available to book on the day they start.

Tutor Description

Guy Paterson is an artist that specialises in photography and printmaking. He studied fine art at Central Saint Martins. He has work in the public domain and regularly exhibits both nationally and internationally. If you wish to find out more about his work and examples of work done on this course in the past visit Guy's website at


Please bring with you to the first session:

An assortment of objects, for example:

  • textures
  • grasses
  • flowers
  • feathers
  • leaves
  • photographs
  • photocopies
  • computer printouts
  • Particular attention should be paid to shape, translucency and colour range.

Available dates