Next Keynote – Mik Critchlow

Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to announce that our next keynote speaker will be Mik Critchlow on November 17th 2019.

Mik is a social documentary photographer from the North East of England. He has worked on long-term community based projects for over forty years. His book ‘Coal Town’ will be published by Blue Coat Press in Spring / Summer 2019 and showcases his photographs of Ashington from the 80’s and 90’s.

Mik’s work has featured in the BJP, Amateur Photographer, Creative Camera, The Independent and The Guardian.

Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay

Video Documentary

This new documentary film has been doing the rounds at a number of photo festivals and is now available on Youtube to watch for free.

Watch it here:

Cafe Royal Books have produced a book of photographs By Bill Jay to accompany the film:

Craig Atkinson Keynote – Report

Keynote Speakers

Our thanks to Craig Atkinson from Cafe Royal Books who made the short trip over from Southport to give his excellent talk to Lancashire Monochrome on the 17th March 2019. Craig has been publishing books for over 10 years and produces around 1 a week. To date he has published 580 books of which 400 are in the photo series – by his own estimation there are probably over 100000 books in circulation!

This massive body of work is centred around British documentary photography and has featured the work of both unknown photographers to the very well known. The books are in both private collections and public collections such as the V&A, and fill in some important gaps in the chronology of British documentary.

Craig studied art and was a pcraticing artist and used the A5 zine format to publish his own work as an artist / illustrator/ photographer / collector before starting to publish the work of others. He’s also a lecturer at UCLan in Preston. All that, and he’s a thoroughly decent chap as well!

Follow Craig on Twitter @craigatkinson and Cafe Royal @caferoyalbooks as well as on Instagram and Facebook.

Chris McGinley’s Exhibition now on at the Mercure Georgian House, Bolton



We are pleased to announce that the latest exhibition in our gallery space at the Mercure Georgian House Hotel in Bolton features the work of Chris McGinley. Chris is an accomplished street photographer whose work is well observed and often humorous. A member of both Lancashire Monochrome and Yorkshire Monochrome, Chris has two galleries of work on our website here and here.

The work is on display in the main bar area of the hotel and will run until the end of May.


Annual Exhibition 2019 Opening


_DSC8964Our annual exhibition is now open at South Ribble Museum & Exhibition Centre in Leyland. The exhibition was opened, as always, by the Mayor of the borough this years incumbent being Cllr John Rainsbury. The exhibition runs until Saturday 2 March 2019 and the museum is open on Tuesdays from 10:00 until 16:00; Thursdays 13:00 until 16:00; Fridays 10:00 until 16:00; and Saturdays 10:00 until 13:00.

A Brontë Reader – an exhibition by Helen Burrow

An exhibition of photographs by Lancashire Monochrome member Helen Burrow will be on display at the Photography Gallery, Dean Clough.
A decade ago two things happened. I saw John Day’s Holga photographs at a Lancashire Monochrome meeting and I went to Haworth with my husband George.
Being in Haworth Parsonage where the family lived sparked a connection with them as real people. I re-read Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights, discovered Villette, Emily’s poems and the Brontë letters. I also found Brontë connections closer to home, at Tunstall and Cowan Bridge.
George and I visited the cliffs at Kilkee in Ireland where Charlotte and Arthur Nicholls spent part of their honeymoon.
Holga images show me the world how I take it in – only a little in focus at once. They fit perfectly with how I feel about the moorland.
I know I could be fitted into a romantic artistic tradition, but I will leave that to other people. I just do what I enjoy.
The exhibition runs from Saturday 9 February 2019 – 14th April 2019, and is open 10:00am to 5:00pm every day. The exhibition includes a booklet of words and photographs.
All are welcome at the preview on 9th February at 12.00 on 9 February 2019 (parking free on Saturdays).
Dean Clough Galleries
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Ray Parkin Exhibition at Mercure Georgian House, Bolton


_DSC8930.jpgWe are pleased to announce that the latest exhibition in our gallery space at the Mercure Georgian House in Bolton is from Lancashire Monochrome member Ray Parkin.

The exhibition is titled ‘Patterns In The Sand’ and Ray’s artists statement describes it thus:

A beach serves many purposes: it is a playground, a place of rest, somewhere for a gentle stroll or strenuous run, and much else. For me, on this visit to Embleton Bay in Northumberland, it was an opportunity to reflect on the effect that the sea and its tide has on this particular environment. The tide had recently receded leaving these irregular patterns in the wet sand, arbitrarily depositing pebbles and larger stones, shells and seaweed. To all this, footprints had already been added. I found that the taking, processing and printing of these images was an enjoyable and rewarding process. These images are all on the same theme and, therefore, they do not have their own titles. They are not images of places or people, but of abstract patterns formed in the sand by the sea and therefore are more about my experience of the beach than the time and place.

Patterns In The Sand will be on display until the end of February 2019.


Dave Butcher Keynote – Sunday 28 October 2018

Keynote Speakers

Our next keynote speaker will be Dave Butcher, who will be doing a print based presentation. The morning presentation will be Snow Light and the afternoon presentation will be City Light.

Dave worked for Ilford Photo for 21 years as a photographic research scientist, technical service manager, regulatory affairs manager and project management before leaving in 2002. He continues to work in film and maintains close relations with Ilford – he is an Ilford Master Darkroom Printer and gives black and white darkroom printing masterclasses to colleges and universities on behalf of Ilford Photo.

While the event is free of charge to Lancashire Monochrome members, a £10 charge applies to visitors, payable on the day to Dave Flemming.

It’s really helpful to know if you are intending to bring someone or if you require the vegetarian option, so that we can sure to provide sufficient food and seating.

10:00 Refreshments (tea/coffee/biscuits)

10:30 Dave Butcher’s presentation begins

12:30 or an appropriate time – Lunch Break – hot pot or vegetarian option, followed by a fruit pie with cream, tea or coffee

13:30 or an appropriate time – Dave Butcher’s presentation continues

15:30 / 16:00 the afternoon session is expected to close



Denis Thorpe’s ‘A View from the North’ Exhibition (15 September until Saturday 20 October 2018)


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An exhibition of photographs by former Manchester Evening News and Guardian Photographer Denis Thorpe will run from Saturday 15 September until Saturday 20 October 2018 at Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery.  The opening event  will be on Saturday 15 September from 2 o’clock until 4 o’clock.

Denis has previously spoken at Lancashire Monochrome and has asked us to publicise the even which we are gladly doing. A book will also be available.

Full address: Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery, Wellington Road South, Stockport SK3 8AB