High Light, Peak Light and Lake Light books by Dave Butcher


Photographic Lectures

Dave Butcher has been giving lectures on his black and white photography since 1993, mainly to UK camera clubs. He is an Ilford Master Darkroom Printer and also gives black and white darkroom printing masterclasses to colleges and universities across the Midlands.

As you can see, from the clubs listed below that have already been visited, he travels quite widely to give lectures. If you are interested, give Dave a ring to talk over the possibilities for him to come to your club, photographic or otherwise. To assist you to suggest dates that are more likely to meet with acceptance it may be worth checking his events calendar.

For information, all of the lectures show original black and white darkroom prints. They are all made from film negatives printed in the darkroom using traditional darkroom techniques and Ilford materials.

The lectures are mostly about the black and white photographs and the background to each image. This means they are just as appropriate to a digital worker as to a traditional one. If your club members enjoy seeing stunning black and white prints of landscapes, cities, coasts, trees, waterfalls, skiing, mountaineering, etc. then there is sure to be something to suit them!

There are 6 lectures currently available. Magnificent Monochrome and Mad About Monochrome have 20 x 16 inch prints with roughly 16 x 12 inch image areas. Travels in Monochrome is entirely 20 x 16 inch borderless prints. Peak Light, Lake Light and City Light are a mixture of 20 x 16 inch borderless prints as well as a few 20 x 24 inch borderless prints. I use borderless prints to give the largest prints for an audience to view and to save weight and bulk through not having window matts.

We will bring copies of all 4 books, City Light, Lake Light, Peak Light and High Light for sale at much reduced prices compared to normal cover prices. They will be signed by Dave Butcher on the night. You may like to let your members or audience know so that they can bring some money along to make purchases on the night. We usually also bring a credit card terminal for those who don't carry cash.


Landscapes in Black and White (1996) No longer available, damaged prints.

Stunning hill and mountain landscapes with skiing and ski mountaineering (including showing how to use people to give images scale). My ARPS Pictorial panel from 1987, striking city views, toned, part-toned and infra-red. Areas covered include the Scottish Highlands, England, Wales, Switzerland, France, Austria, Italy and the Colorado Rockies. I also talk about some of the darkroom techniques used and show different ways to print the same image. I also cover some of the problems encountered taking photographs in the high mountains. Many of these images appear in my first book High Light.

A mixture of 35mm (Nikon) and medium format images (Mamiya 645 Super and Mamiya 6 cameras).

68 images.

All monochrome darkroom prints, mostly printed in the 1980's and early 1990's.

All of the prints are on Ilford photographic paper

Completed in 1996.


Magnificent Monochrome (2000)

Yet more stunning hill and mountain landscapes with skiing and ski mountaineering. This talk has more darkroom work than any other. Mostly though it shows lots of good prints which can be appreciated by both darkroom and digital workers and give ideas for print making to both. More striking city views, many part-toned for added impact. Quite a bit of chemical toning and part-toning throughout. Prints that didn't quite make it are included to show the difference between this and the final exhibition print, as well as tips on technique. I also cover some of the problems encountered taking photographs in the high mountains.

Most images were taken on Mamiya 6 and Mamiya 645 Super cameras using Ilford film to give 6 x 6 and 6 x 4.5 cm negatives.

72 images taken in the 1990's.

All monochrome darkroom prints.

All of the prints are on Ilford Multigrade paper.

Completed in 2000.


Mad About Monochrome (2004)

This is more of a travelogue, illustrated in glorious black and white! Lots of hill and mountain landscapes. Grouped by region to give a better feel of what is possible in various areas of the UK and the Alps. Snowshoeing and ski mountaineering in the Alps. Some city and infra-red shots but few chemically toned images; the emphasis being on 'pure' black and white photography.

Most images were taken on Mamiya 6 cameras using Ilford FP4+ film to give 6 x 6 cm negatives.

74 images.

All monochrome darkroom prints.

All of the prints are on Ilford Multigrade paper.

Completed November 2004.


Travels in Monochrome (2007)

A travelogue in 3 sections in black and white. It covers all 4 corners of Colorado and many points in between, a trek from Glasgow to Cape Wrath in Scotland (330 miles, 26 mountains) and the spectacular Tour of Mont Blanc (TMB) long distance walk. You won't see black and white photographs like this anywhere else! This is my only lecture that is exclusively landscape prints, no cities.

All taken on Mamiya 6 cameras using Ilford FP4+ or Ilford SFX film to give 6 x 6 cm negatives.

78 images.

All monochrome split-grade darkroom prints.

All of the prints are on Ilford Multigrade paper, kindly supplied free of charge by Ilford Photo. The images are mostly 20 x 16 inches.

Completed April 2007.


Peak Light (2009)

This starts in Bavaria with the fairy tale castle that Walt Disney based his logo on, then the Italian Dolomites (the areas between Cortina and Corvara), followed by a large section of 30 photographs from my second book Peak Light on the Peak District National Park. After the break (if your club has a break!) we start in San Francisco and New York, finishing with a large selection from Yosemite National Park in California (waterfalls, huge trees and big views, including infra-red). Mostly 20 x 16 inch (image size), some larger, all borderless prints.

All taken on Mamiya 6 and Mamiya 7 cameras using Ilford FP4+ or Ilford SFX film to give 6 x 6 cm and 7 x 6 cm negatives.

81 images.

All monochrome split-grade darkroom prints.

All of the black and white prints are on Ilford Multigrade fibre based paper, kindly supplied free of charge by Ilford Photo.

Completed January 2009.


Lake Light (2010)

There is a large section of over 30 photographs of the Lake District from my 3rd book Lake Light. There are also photographs of Utah (including Bryce Canyon and Arches in winter), Colorado, Norway, Oslo, Sweden, Stockholm, Denmark, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Holland, New York, Chicago and Boston. So, a mix of landscapes and cities, as usual, with quite a few winter landscapes as well as cities at night and in the snow. Mostly 20 x 16 inch borderless images.

Most of the black and white images were taken on Mamiya 7 cameras using Ilford FP4 Plus 120 film to give 7 x 6 cm negatives.

84 images.

All monochrome split-grade darkroom prints.

All of the prints are on Ilford Multigrade fibre based paper, kindly supplied free of charge by Ilford Photo.

Completed August 2010.


City Light (2014)

This is my very latest lecture.

The first half is a large section of 45 photographs of cities from my 4th book City Light. The second half is in 2 sections and is mainly landscapes. There are 25 prints illustrating the 205 mile Alpine Pass Route that crosses 17 of the high passes across the central Swiss Alps from near Liechtenstein to Montreux in Switzerland. The lecture finishes with 15 prints from New Zealand and a few cities from the region such as Auckland, Sydney and Hong Kong.

There is quite a bit on composition and what I look for in a good black and white photograph, as well as what I leave out.

Most of the black and white images were taken on Mamiya 7 cameras using Ilford FP4 Plus 120 film to give 7 x 6 cm negatives.

Ilford Photo once again very generously supplied several hundred sheets of Ilford Multigrade fibre based paper and Ilford chemicals, for me to make the prints.

85 prints.

All monochrome split-grade darkroom prints.

Completed September 2014.


How much will it cost?

For photo club lectures on weekday evenings within easy travelling distance Dave Butcher charges are based on PAGB (Photographic Alliance of Great Britain) rates for expenses, rounded up to allow for the expenses being declared in my business accounts. A fee is charged where appropriate for the event.

For lectures needing an overnight stay or at weekends or during normal weekday working hours a fee is charged. Contact Dave for further details and cost to visit your club.

For other clubs the fee is by negotiation, plus expenses, and travel costs at 45p per mile. Contact me for further details and cost to visit your club.

Expenses are calculated for travelling from my home in Tunstead Milton, in the Peak District (I use SK23 7ER in Google maps), plus refreshments and accommodation as appropriate. As a guide, if the travel time is much over 3 hours each way an overnight stay in the local area may be preferred (Premier Inn, or equivalent, quality and cost is fine!).


Confirmed Bookings

  • Stockport PS, 13-January-2015, Mad About Monochrome
  • Formby PS, 26-March-2015, City Light
  • Harpenden PS, 7-April-2015, Lake Light
  • ADAPS, 9-April-2015, Magnificent Monochrome
  • James Maude PS, Mansfield, 14-April-2015, City Light
  • Cheltenham CC, 16-April-2015, City Light
  • Alsager PS, 23-April-2015, City Light
  • South Manchester PS, 27-April-2015, City Light
  • TTL Doncaster, 9-July-2015, Mad About Monochrome
  • Retford PS, 5-October-2015
  • Nantwich CC, 6-October-2015, Lake Light
  • Chester PS, 1-December-2015, City Light

Clubs, organisations and events previously visited to give lectures include:

  • 85 Group (Hazel Grove & Marple)
  • Accrington PS
  • Alsager CC
  • Altrincham & Hale PS
  • Arnold & District CC
  • Ashbourne & District CC
  • Askern CC
  • Aston and Eddington PS
  • Atherton & District Amateur PS (ADAPS)
  • Backwell CC (Bristol)
  • Badby PC (near Daventry)
  • Bakewell Photographic Circle
  • Bebington PS
  • Beeston CC
  • Birkenhead PA
  • Blackburn PS
  • Blythe Bridge PS, Stoke
  • Bolsover CC
  • Bolton CC
  • Bramhall PS
  • Bredbury & Romiley CC
  • Brighton & Hove CC
  • Burslem College, Stoke (Ilford Darkroom Masterclass)
  • Burton College, Burton-on-Trent (Ilford Darkroom Masterclass)
  • Burton on Trent PS
  • Bury PS
  • Cambridge PS
  • Cannock PS
  • Chapel-en-le-Frith CC
  • Chapel-en-le-Frith Amenity Society
  • Chesterfield PS
  • Chorley PS
  • Clay Cross & Biwater PS
  • Conway PS
  • Cotswold Monochrome, Gloucester
  • Coventry University (Ilford Darkroom Masterclass)
  • Crewe PS
  • Crown Monochrome, Bath
  • Daventry PS
  • Davyhulme CC
  • Deepings CC, Market Deeping
  • Derby City Photographic Club
  • Derby College (Ilford Darkroom Masterclass)
  • Derby PS
  • Doncaster CC
  • Dronfield PS
  • Duston CC (Northampton)
  • East Midlands Monochrome Group
  • Eastwood PS
  • Frodsham & District PS
  • Gamma Group, Bradford
  • Grantham PS
  • Great Dome Art Fair, Buxton
  • Halton PS (Widnes nr Liverpool)
  • Harrogate PS
  • Henley College, Coventry (Ilford Darkroom Masterclass)
  • Holmes Chapel CC
  • Holmfirth PS
  • Hoylake PS
  • Heswall PS
  • Huddersfield PIC
  • Hyde PS
  • Ilford Ltd PC
  • Ilkeston Arts and CC,
  • James Maude CC (Mansfield)
  • Kettleshulme WI
  • Keyworth CC
  • Knutsford PS
  • Leek CC
  • Leica Fellowship
  • Leicester College (Dave Butcher Darkroom Masterclass)
  • Leigh & District PS
  • Leyland PS
  • Lincoln Monochrome Group
  • Lincoln PS
  • Litchfield Bros CC, Belper
  • Long Eaton CC
  • Lytham St Annes PS
  • Macclesfield CC
  • Manchester Amateur PS
  • Manchester City College (Ilford Darkroom Masterclass)
  • Manchester Metropolitan University (Ilford Darkroom Masterclass)
  • Matlock CC
  • Melbourne PS (Derbyshire)
  • Mercia Group (Coventry)
  • Mid-Cheshire PS (Winsford)
  • Nantwich CC
  • Newark & District PS
  • Newcastle-under-lyme CC
  • Normanton CC
  • North Cheshire PS, Poynton
  • Northampton University (Ilford Darkroom Masterclass)
  • North East Lincolnshire PS (Cleethorpes)
  • Northwich PS
  • Norwich and District PS
  • Nottingham and Notts PS
  • Oldham CC
  • Oldham PS
  • Peterborough PS
  • PhotoLive London 2013
  • Preston PS
  • Prestwich Co-op PS
  • RB CC (Lincoln)
  • Retford PS
  • Richmond and Twickenham PS
  • Rochdale PS
  • Rolls Royce CC
  • Romiley Photo & DI Club
  • Rotherham College of Arts & Technology (Ilford Darkroom Masterclass)
  • Royal Photographic Society Midlands Region
  • Royal Photographic Society North Wales Region
  • Royal Photographic Society North West Region Monochrome Group
  • Royal Photographic Society Travel Group
  • Rushcliffe PS
  • Sale PS
  • Sandbach PS
  • Sheffield Norton College (Ilford Darkroom Masterclass)
  • Sheffield PS
  • Sheffield Society for the Encouragement of Art
  • Sheffield University PS
  • Shropshire PS
  • Sileby PS (near Leicester)
  • Smethwick PS
  • Solihull PS
  • Solihull School
  • South Birmingham PS
  • South Liverpool PS
  • South Manchester CC
  • South Normanton CC
  • Southport PS
  • St Helens CC
  • St Leonards PC (Stafford)
  • St Neots CC
  • Stafford PS
  • Staffordshire University, Stoke (Ilford Darkroom Masterclass)
  • Stalybridge PS
  • Stockport Photo & DI Soc
  • Stourbridge PS
  • Swinton & District APS
  • Tamworth PS
  • Tewin Horticultural Society Arts and Crafts Group
  • Thameside College, Ashton Under Lyne (Ilford Darkroom Masterclass)
  • TTL Doncaster CC
  • Wakefield CC
  • Warrington PS
  • Wigan PS
  • Wilmslow Guild PS
  • Wolverhampton University (Ilford Darkroom Masterclass)
  • Worksop & District PS
  • Yorkshire Monochrome
  • York PS
  • Yorkshire Photographic Union


Abbreviations used:

APS Amateur Photographic Society

CC Camera Club

DI Digital Imaging

PA Photographic Association

PC Photographic Club

PS Photographic Society

WI Women's Institute