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Events, 2015


Sebnem Ugural and Sheila McKinney

"Pinhole // London Alternative Photography Collective April Meeting"

Double Negative Darkroom
178a Glyn Road
London E5 0JE, United Kingdom
DATE and TIME: Wednesday, April 02, 2014 at 06:30 PM

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On Wednesday 2nd April at 6.30pm, London Alternative Photography Collective will be meeting at The Double Negative Darkroom at 178A Glyn Road in Hackney.

This month’s talk is themed on pinhole photography, to promote Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day on April 27.
Please bring along your pinhole photography prints and DIY Pinhole Cameras along for show and tell!

We will be providing refreshments, and an opportunity to chat about alternative photography processes.

There will be talks from;

Sebnem’s recent feature in The Telegraph, March 2014.


“Sebnem Ugural was born and raised in Turkey. She studied political science and moved to the UK for her MA in Human Rights. She started taking photographs in 1998 with an analogue camera and has been working as a freelance photographer since 2006 in different fields. Pinhole photography tempted her couple of years ago. She mostly takes self portraits with her home made pinhole cameras. She will be teaching pinhole photography to socially disadvantaged children for the project run by IMECE and awarded by BBC Children in Need. She occasionally runs workshops.”



“My home is London, England but for the last several years my husbands job has taken us to Houston, Texas and now St John’s, Newfoundland. This has taken me on a journey from teacher, wife, mother to photographer.
Houston gave me Glassell School of Art with it’s darkroom, amazing teachers and a wonderful supportive group of fellow students. During this time I really grew to love film, there is nothing more magical than seeing your image appear in the developer! I have a variety of cameras 35mm, medium format, 4×5 (yet to be used), plastic and pinhole. I use B&W film, which I process myself, but also experiment with a variety of color films. The move to St John’s took away the darkroom but brought me an iPhone and a new creative outlet.

I now spend more time in the UK where I am part of London Alternative Photography Collective and eventually hope to get back in the darkroom again.
Whilst in Houston some of my portrait work was included in Foto Fest 2012 exhibitions and the annual student show at Glassell School of Art, summer 2012. More recently one of my iPhone images received an Honorable Mention in The Fine Art Category at the 3rd annual Mobile Photography Awards.

I began my ‘pinhole experiments’ when I was still living in Texas and as a lover of plastic cameras it seemed only natural to use Holga’s. Last year I returned to it again when I participated in World Wide Pinhole Photography Day, 28 April 2013. By chance I happened to be in Twillingate, Newfoundland and took the opportunity to photograph one of the first icebergs of the season. I love the timeless quality of pinhole images as well as the way the seem to capture the light. It is a process which certainly requires me to slow down and is a good counterbalance to my iPhoneography. The more I have been experimenting with pinhole the more I realize this is the medium I want to use to capture Newfoundland, this ‘marvelous, terrible place’ which is unique and unpredictable.”

About London Alternative Photography Collective

The London Alternative Photography Collective aims to bring together artists and photographers around London who wish to share alternative photography ideas and processes.

The group meet at the Double Negative Darkroom at 178A Glyn Road in Hackney, E5 0JE.

We provide artists talks, discussions about Alternative Photography Processes, demonstrations and opportunities to collaborate.
Anyone interested in Alternative Photography is welcome to join.

About Double Negative Darkroom

Double Negative Darkroom is a budding, London independent photographic community and lab. Fast becoming a European centre for Alternative photographic process and Silver gelatin teaching and learning.

As Double Negative provides free refreshments at the London Alternative Photography Collective, we would ask that you bring a £3 donation (£2 to darkroom members) to the event.