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...


    • Next available 1 day Peak District Landscape Photography course £150: Saturday 6th September.
    • Next available 1 day Darkroom Printing Workshop £160: Sunday 7th September.
    • 1-to-1 tuition with Dave Butcher in the Peak District £300 for 1 day, £200 for each additional day - Choose dates to suit you. Other locations available at extra cost.
    • 1-to-1 tuition with Dave Butcher, 1 day Peak District photography and 1 day Darkroom processing films and printing £500 - Choose dates to suit you.
    • If booking 2 or more places it's usually no more expensive or cheaper to book a private course!
  • Events

  • Buxton Summer Fete

    • 19th to 20th July, Buxton Pavilion Gardens. Over 100 exhibitors, a mix of art, craft, food and drinks.

  • Solo Exhibition

    • Until 9th July. City Light, Cities of the World...and Buxton. Art Cafe, Buxton Pavilion Gardens, 9.30am to 5pm, free entry. My first exhibition of my city photographs! My largest exhibition ever.

  • 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 16th July

    • Wednesday 23rd July

    • Tuesday 12th August

    • Tuesday 19th August

    • Opposite the Tourist Information Desk. There is a display of about 12 framed photographs and another 150 or so in browsers. Dave Butcher books are sold by the Tourist Information Centre that is in the same area as the gallery. All books cost £10 reduced from the cover price of £15.

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. As an Ilford Master 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 developing and printing to produce distinctively unique prints using traditional darkroom methods and materials.

Working exclusively in black and white to produce stunning landscape photographs and striking city shots his work is widely published in books and magazines. He is the author of 4 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 in Tunstead Milton in the Derbyshire Peak District just north of Buxton 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 in Germany.


Dave has written four books:

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

Lake Light - The Lake District Photography of Dave Butcher (2010)

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

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

Copies of all 4 books are widely available. Orders may be placed through this web site. They are also available through good bookshops and Amazon UK

Darkroom Dave

I have written quite a bit of technical advice and to better organise all of it in one place it has been moved to a new website, www.darkroomdave.com. It also gave me the prompt, and the space, to do a few videos of my basic techniques. I hope you find it useful.