Tish: Special screening and Q&A

13 December 2023

Past Events

Book Launch: A Look At A New Perspective

23 November 2023


Book Launch: ‘544m’ By Kevin Crooks

30 November 2023


Community workshops @ Ellesmere Port Library

6 November - 5 February 2024


Bernice Mulenga @ Open Eye Gallery Atrium Space

17 November - 17 December 2023

Past Events

Bernice Mulenga: Artist Talk

18 November 2023


Community @ Ellesmere Port Library

26 October - 11 April 2024

Past Exhibitions

Local Roots @ The Atkinson

14 October 2023

Past Events

Critique Surgery for Socially Engaged Photographers

6 November 2023

Past Events

Deeds Not Words: panel discussion

12 October 2023

Past Exhibitions

Deeds Not Words @ Atrium Space

3 October - 22 October 2023

Ode To Our Space @ Digital Window Gallery

29 September - 23 December 2023

A Look At A New Perspective @ Digital Window Gallery

29 September - 23 December 2023

Past Events

Exhibition Launch: A Place of Our Own

28 September 2023

Past Events

Book Launch: Crow Dark Dawn

19 October 2023


12 September - 22 December 2023

Past Events

Sandra Suubi ‘Samba Gown’ Procession

9 September 2023

Exhibitions Future Exhibitions

A Place of Our Own

29 September - 22 December 2023

Past Events


7 September 2023


A Portrait of the High Street @ Prescot

31 August 2023

Projects Past Exhibitions

Our Home. Our Place. Our Space. @ Walton

16 August - 2 October 2023

Past Events

Poetry Reading: Coast to Coast to Coast’s sixth Birthday!

16 September 2023

Past Events


9 September 2023

Exhibitions Past Exhibitions

Findings: an exhibition by service users of Age Concern

8 August - 10 September 2023

Past Events

Film screening: The Undesirables + When the Sea sends forth a Forest

24 August 2023

Exhibitions Past Exhibitions

Reclaim. Suzanne St Clare and residents of Chester @ Chester

5 August - 10 September 2023

Exhibitions Past Exhibitions

Picturing High Streets. Ciara Leeming and The Spider Project @ Chester

28 July - 10 September 2023

Exhibitions Past Exhibitions

Picturing High Streets. Suzanne St Clare and Chester Traders @ Chester

28 July - 10 September 2023

VR: Home. Perspectives

4 May - 21 May 2023

Past Events

Book Launch: Vestige

27 July 2023

Past Events

An Evening of Poetry: Launch of Life Stills and readings from Merseyside Stanza Poets

15 June 2023

Past Exhibitions

LCR Photo Award Winners @ Williamson Art Gallery and Museum

1 June - 1 July 2023

Past Exhibitions

Me, Myself, My SPACE @ The Atkinson

27 May - 9 July 2023

Exhibitions Past Exhibitions

as the glass clears

25 May - 29 May 2023

Past Events

Poets Hanan Issa and James Conor Patterson at Open Eye Gallery

21 May 2023



27 April 2023

Past Exhibitions

Solace in the City @ DWG

5 May - 21 May 2023

Exhibitions Past Exhibitions

Home. Making @ Kirkby Gallery

1 May - 15 June 2023

Exhibitions Past Exhibitions

Home. Settings @ The Atkinson

4 May - 15 June 2023

Exhibitions Past Exhibitions

Home. Perspectives @ Open Eye Gallery

4 May - 21 May 2023

Exhibitions Past Exhibitions

Home. Land @ Norton Priory Museum and Gardens

27 April - 11 June 2023

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HOME: Launch Event

4 May 2023



18 April - 21 July 2023

Exhibitions Past Exhibitions

Home. Liberty @ Unity Theatre Exhibition Space

1 May - 31 May 2023

Exhibitions Past Exhibitions

Home. Resistance @ Williamson Art Gallery and Museum (Wirral)

26 April - 27 May 2023

Past Events

People and Places: Whitby High School Student Exhibition Private View

28 April 2023

Past Events

The Liverpool Camarade – part of The European Poetry Festival 2023

11 May 2023

Exhibitions Past Exhibitions

People and Places @ Open Eye Gallery

26 April - 1 May 2023

Exhibitions Future Exhibitions

Liverpool Biennial 2023

10 June - 17 September 2023

Past Events

Zine Launch: PLATFORM Issue 5

20 April 2023

Aditi Shah
Aditi Shah
Aditi Shah
Aditi Shah
Aditi Shah

Essential Analogue Photography Kit

Analogue photography has been around for ages, but has only recently caught the attention of new generations of photographers, and reignited a spark in the hearts of those who grew up with it. So whether you are re-familiarising yourself or learning something new, here is a list of essential things that make it easier (and more fun!) to engage in analogue photography.


Any photography, beginner or otherwise, needs a good camera to produce the work that they want. It doesn’t have to be expensive; as long as it does what the photographer wants it to do, it is a good camera.

Pick up at Open Eye Gallery independent shop:

Harman Ilford XP2 Super Single Use Camera. This camera has 27 exposures and features a built-in flash, C41 processing and 400 ISO film.

Fujifilm Instax Mini LiPlay. This camera is compact and affordable, with on-demand instant photo printing.

Ilford Sprite 35-II Camera. This camera has a fixed shutter speed (1/120s) and features a built-in flash with a 15-second
recycle time for night time shooting.

Polaroid NOW. An iconic camera that comes with autofocus, a self-timer, and double exposure.


An analogue camera needs film to work! An obvious point, but it is worth knowing about the choices available to you. Pick up at Open Eye Gallery independent shop:

Ilford Delta 3200 Black & White 36 exp 35mm
Kentmere 100 Black & White 24 exp 35 mm
Ilford XP2 Super 400 Black & White 36 exp 35 mm
Kentmere 400 Black & White 24 exp 35 mm
Fujifilm Instax Mini Film
Polaroid I-Type (Black & White; Colour)
Polaroid Originals 600 (Black & White; Colour)

Developing chemicals

If you like to develop your own film or would like to dabble into it, we have a range of chemicals to get started. Here are some we have available:

Ilford ID11 Developer
Ilford Ilfostop
Ilford Rapid Fixer
Ilford Simplicity Starter Pack
Ilford Ilfosol 3
Ilford Ilfotol Wetting Agent
Ilford Multigrade Developer

Books, Magazines and Zines

We all need a bit of inspiration from time to time. These books and magazines can act as guides or plant an idea, however you choose to use them:

Analogue Photography: Reference Manual for Shooting Film. A practical reference guide for those interested in the fundamentals of film photography, this book can help you understand the ins and outs of your camera and use it efficiently and effectively. It can be accessed in a linear or non-linear way.

The Ultimate Film & Darkroom Workbook. The Ultimate Film and Darkroom Workbook is a tool to help create a unique record of your photographic adventures. It isn’t your standard instruction manual or photography guide, rather it is a unique space to record and plan, journal your ideas, log your shoot, process & print settings and also to reflect on your practice so that you can become more confident and improve over time.

Lydia Goldblatt: Still Here. A book featuring a series of work from 2010-2013, it explores the transitional experience of the artist’s parents as they age, and stems from a desire to address the inevitable changes wrought by her elderly father’s approaching death.

Masako Tomiya: Kito. The artist explores themes of home, identity, family, transmission and the passing of time, in the backdrop of nature and seasonal transformation. The book features self-portraits and captures the daily life of the women in the artist’s family.

Aesthetica. This is an art and culture magazine and focuses on today’s most innovative practitioners across art, design, photography, architecture, music and film.

Courses and Workshops

Courses are a great way to dip your toes into the world of photography without committing to it, and figuring out what you like. Some courses and workshops to start off are:

Introduction to Darkroom by dot-art. A one-day workshop designed for those who wish to print their film photos on their own in the darkroom.

Analogue Photography Weekend by dot-art. A two-day workshop taking beginners through the whole process of shooting and developing black and white film.

Process and Print Day Workshop by Little Vintage Photography. This workshop introduces you to processing by hand and printing your own negatives.

Additional Analogue Photography Techniques by Little Vintage Photography. Choose to learn and focus on one technique out of the options of cyanotype, pinhole, large format and darkroom.

Love your Camera by Perfect Photo Company. A one-day course designed to demystify your camera controls.

All cameras, film, chemicals and books listed here are available in our independent bookshop at Open Eye Gallery, open Tuesday – Sunday, 10AM – 5PM


Text and Images by Aditi Shah

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