High Light, Peak Light and Lake Light books by Dave Butcher
Rydal Water Hong Kong Leeds Civic Hall Aspen Shadows London St Pauls

The Dave Butcher Black and White Photo Library contains tens of thousands of images as archivally processed silver gelatine film negatives, mostly medium format 7x6cm and 6x6cm. These can be printed directly onto traditional darkroom materials or scanned for use in many different applications. To see for yourself, visit the gallery...

  • Courses

    • Peak District Landscape Photography:

    • 4th July

    • 19th September

    • Darkroom Printing Workshop:

    • 5th July

    • 20th September

    • Private photo courses or darkroom workshops 1-to-1 and groups: on dates to suit you

  • Events

    • 7th to 10th May, Living Crafts at Hatfield House 

    • 20th to 21st June, Buxton Pavilion Gardens, Artist and Designer Fair

  • Buxton Gallery in the Gardens

    • Dave will be in the Gallery in the Gardens with a permanent display of his work, Buxton Pavilion Gardens, 9.30 am to 5pm, free entry. Stop by for a chat!

    • Wednesday 8th April

    • Tuesday 21st April

    • Tuesday 28th April

Courses, Classes and Lectures

Endorsed by such names as Ilford Photo and Harman Technology, Dave shares his experience by running landscape photography courses, black and white darkroom printing workshops, Ilford Darkroom Masterclasses, 1-to-1 tuition with photo and darkroom courses, lectures and exhibitions. Dave was trained by Ilford Photo in the UK and gives courses to pass on his expertise that has been built up over the years. Find out more on the courses page and the event calendar.

About Dave Butcher

Dave Butcher has over thirty years experience in photography and the photo industry having worked for Ilford between 1981 and 2002. As an Ilford Master Darkroom Printer, and probably the last active professional darkroom printer trained by Ilford Photo, he combines his creative talent with an in-depth technical knowledge of the processes involved in black and white film developing and darkroom printing to produce distinctively unique prints using traditional darkroom methods and materials.

Working exclusively in black and white with Mamiya 7 film cameras to produce stunning landscape photographs and striking city shots his work is widely published in books and magazines. He is the author of 6 books. His images can be seen in numerous advertising and PR projects, and Dave's original black and white pictures are popular with interior designers, businesses and homeowners alike. His prints are also displayed in many private collections worldwide.

You can learn more about Dave Butcher here...


Please visit the web gallery here to view or purchase Dave's black and white photographs, available from just £20. You can also visit the gallery at Briarwood, Tunstead Milton in the Derbyshire Peak District where there is always a huge display of original silver photographs on display and available for immediate purchase. Please call before making a special trip to make sure the gallery is open. 

Image Licensing

Dave's work is  available worldwide through International Graphics Walmsley GmbH and outlets that they supply. His work is also licensed by companies for greetings cards, calendars and other products. Whatever project you have in mind please start with a chat with Antje, my agent who is based in Germany.


Dave has written six books:

Snow Light - Snowscapes Around the World by Dave Butcher (2015)

Land Light - Landscapes Around the World by Dave Butcher (2015)

City Light - Cities of the World ... and Buxton (2013)

Lake Light - The Lake District Photography of Dave Butcher (2010) - only 20 copies left

Peak Light - The Peak District Photography of Dave Butcher (2007)

High Light - The Landscape Photography of Dave Butcher (2005, reprinted 2007)

Copies of 4 books are still available. The 2 new books will be available by Easter 2015. Orders may be placed through this web site. They are also available through good bookshops and Amazon UK. Lake Light has almost sold out, High Light and Peak Light will follow over the next month or so.

Darkroom Dave

I have written quite a bit of technical advice as tutorials and blog posts and moved it to a new website, www.darkroomdave.com. I have also started doing videos of my basic techniques. All freely available. I hope you find it useful.