High Light, Peak Light, Lake Light, City Light, Snow Light, Land Light books by Dave Butcher


This page includes news of Dave Butcher and his black and white photography from the media and elsewhere. My blog, FacebookTwitter and Linkedin accounts carry more regular news reports than can be listed here as I can easily do those on my mobile 'phone while travelling.


Pinhole portrait: April 2012. Peter Young from Bromsgrove came on a darkroom course recently and took a pinhole image with Jan, me and Peter as it was World Pinhole Image Day on the day that he came. Click here to go to the world pinhole web site to see the image

Wikipedia Page: June 2010. A Wikipedia page about me was published. Fortunately, Andy Oakey pulled it together, far too complicated for me to do! Just go to Wikipedia and type in Dave Butcher, I appear to be the only one at the moment, as you would expect!

Web Sites for Courses and Overview of the Business: June 2010. These 2 sites are simple overview sites and are based on my new marketing leaflets: blackandwhitelandscapephotography.co.uk; blackandwhitephotographycourses.co.uk

Web Sites for each Book:  June 2010. I now have a web site for each book. They include the covers, introductions, the Foreword by Joe Cornish in Lake Light, the maps, parts of the articles included and quite a few page layouts of the images. If you type the name of the book into Google you will find them: lakelight.co.uk; peaklight.co.uk; highlightbook.co.uk

Professional Imagemaker: April 2010. Lake Light book review.

Lake Light Published and Launched at Focus on Imaging: 7th March 2010. My new book on the Lake District, Lake Light, was published in early March and launched with Jan and I on the Harman / Ilford stand at the Focus on Imaging show at the NEC Birmingham. This is the largest annual show for the photo and imaging industry and is both for trade and retail. Joe Cornish wrote the Foreword.

Black & White Photography magazine: March 2010. I ran my 2nd competition with £1000 of prizes with Harman Technology with a 2 page feature in the March 2010 issue of B&W Photo magazine. The 3 lucky winners were:

  • 1st prize: Mark Thompson from near Macclesfield, Cheshire, winner of a landscape photography course and £250 of Harman Technology products.
  • 2nd prize: John Duder, Walsall, winner of a landscape photography course and £150 of Harman Technology products.
  • 3rd prize: Anna Allen from near Cambridge, winner of a landscape photography course and £100 of Harman Technology products.

The special course for the winners was held on Sunday 11th July 2010 in Eskdale in the Lake District National Park.

Snowshoed to Buxton and Back to Briarwood: 7th January 2010. A momentous day! We had serious snowfalls in the Peak District, the best in years (we have been in Tunstead Milton for 22 years and have never seen so much around here). It stayed cold for weeks. There was ice on the track to Buxton for 3 months from mid-December. On 7th January the snow was about 8 inches deep in the valleys and over 2 feet on the tops. Blue sky too. I put my snowshoes on outside the door of my house and took them off at the back door of the Pavilion Gardens in Buxton and repeated the exercise to return; a total of 12 miles and lots of snow all the way.

Black & White Photography magazine, September 2009 issue (available 10th August 2009):  I wrote an article for B&W Photo magazine. It was based around my recent (April) trip to Ireland. It is 4 pages long, with 7 photographs, and describes the trip from the planning stage to returning to the UK after completing the whistle stop tour. It includes shots of Dublin at night, Carrauntoohil (Irelands highest mountain) and the Dingle Peninsula.

Best Print in Chapel Camera Club 25th Anniversary Exhibition: September 2009. I occassionally go to my local camera club, of which I am still a member, and I supported the 25th anniversary exhibition by putting in 4 prints.

Vernal Falls and Merced River YosemiteOne of them, Vernal Falls and Merced River Yosemite won best black and white print and best print in the exhibition (about 400 entries). The judge was Christine Widdall, well known across the northwest, and the prize was presented to me by Joe Cornish whom I met for the first time just a couple of days earlier. My other prints won Very Highly Commended (Roaches Western Edge) and Highly Commended (Le Tofane from Nuvolau and Brooklyn Bridge at Night).




New Web Site: July 2009. www.davebutcher.co.uk took over as the main shopping cart site from www.davebutcher.net. Both domain names continue to work. The new site is driven by a database and is easier to maintain. It can also be updated anywhere in the world using my Blackberry mobile phone.

Pure Buxton magazine: Summer 2009 issue; Photographs were used to illustrate features and editorials on the Great Dome Art Fair (p51), at which I gave a talk, and the Entente Florale exhibition (p45), both events in Buxton in July 2009.

Black & White Photography magazine: I ran a competition with £1000 of prizes with Harman Technology in the June 2009 issue of B&W Photo magazine. The 3 lucky winners were:

  • 1st prize: Rob White from Alsager, Cheshire, winner of a landscape photography course and £250 of Harman Technology products.
  • 2nd prize: Jayne Swinhoe, Ripley, Derbyshire, winner of a landscape photography course and £150 of Harman Technology products.
  • 3rd prize: Stephen Hill, London, winner of a landscape photography course and £100 of Harman Technology products.

The special course for the winners was held on Thursday 16th July 2009 in the Peak District National Park. The results of the day will be published in B&W Photo magazine later in the year.

Facebook: May 2009. Opened a Facebook account. You can find me with monodave or mono@davebutcher.net

Kamera: 4-March-2009; 4 page feature in a Finnish magazine, not exactly sure what it says but the accompanying emails in English were very complimentary!

Pure Buxton magazine: November 2008; 2 page feature and front cover.

Profile magazine: October 2008; feature on my photography.

The Derbyshire magazine: February 2008; 2 page feature on me and my photography.

Local Life magazine: February 2008; 3 page feature on me and my photography.

Montage magazine: Winter 2008. 2 page feature on my library of pictures for the Picture Researchers Association in-house magazine.

Peak District Life magazine: January/February 2008, page 86. Peak Light exhibition at Buxton Museum & Art Gallery, events page.

Harman Technology press releases: December 2007. Covering the Peak Light exhibition at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery and their support for Dave Butcher. Photo trade press release. Local press release.

Peak District Life magazine: November/December 2007, page 106. Peak Light book review.

Black & White Photography magazine: Issue 77, October 2007, page 18. Peak Light book review.

Cheshire Life magazine: October 2007, pages 26-29. 4 page feature on Peak Light book and my photography.

Peak Advertiser, 10th September 2007, page 19. Peak Light book review.

Art in the Garden, Sheffield, September 2007. Awarded Gold certificate for best stand at the show.

High Peak Review, August/September 2007, page 10. Peak Light book review.

Peak Light book press release.

Derby Evening Telegraph: June 12th 2007 edition, page 6. Peak Light exhibition at Derby Cathedral Centre review.

John Muir Trust Journal: April 2007, page 27. Peak Light book review.

Pure Buxton magazine: Spring 2007. 2 page feature on High Peak Artists and Craftworkers Association. and the Pump Room Gallery in Buxton.

Peak District Life magazine: Winter 2006, pages 24-27. 4 page article on my Peak District photography.

Quiet Feather magazine: Issue 8 (November 2006).

Black and White Photography magazine: Issue 65, November 2006, pages 38-39.

Amateur Photographer: 2nd September 2006 issue, pages 52 - 56. Feature on a trip I made to the Western Isles of Scotland in April 2006.

Bakewell Show: August 2nd 2006. Awarded First Prize, a trophy and a cheque for £250, for the Best Stand in the Agricultural Business Centre. Presented by the Federation of Small Businesses.

Mamiya cameras: August 2006, sponsorship started. Mamiya 7 cameras and lenses supplied on extended loan.

Ilford Photo / Harman Technology: February 2006. Press release for Focus on Imaging Exhibition at the NEC.

"Photography experts will be on the stand for the duration of the show to give advice and answer technical enquires while one of the UK’s leading landscape photographers Dr Dave Butcher, who will be on the stand on Sunday and Monday, will be happy to share his extensive knowledge with visitors and sign copies of his new book “High Light”."

It continued:

"Some of the world's best photographers have shown their allegiance to the company and have been associating themselves with the brand and the quality of work which it enables them to produce. For example, Dave Butcher, one of Britain's - and the world's - leading black-and white photographers and an ILFORD processing materials devotee (see www.davebutcher.net), and Les McLean, the celebrated photographer, writer and master printer, will be on the Focus stand."

New web site: February 10th 2006. Complete with shopping cart and secure internet payment.

British Journal of Photography: January 18th 2006. Published 2 photographs in article on black and white printing.

Ilford Darkroom Masterclass Printer: December 2005. 1 of 7 professional printers chosen by Ilford Photo / Harman Technology, to give Darkroom Masterclasses to college students on their behalf.

Ilford Photo / Harman Technology: December 2005. Start of sponsorship by Ilford.

British Satellite Broadcasting: November 18th 2005. Television interview at the Battersea Contemporary Art Fair.

Best of Friends 12 book: November 2005. 2 photographs included, published by Arem Publishing.

Peak Advertiser: July 18th 2005. High Light book review.

Amateur Photography: May 14th 2005. Feature on me and my Scottish photography.

Buxton Advertiser: March 10th 2005, page 2. Feature on Dave Butcher Photography and High Light book.

Mono Magazine: January 2005, Jan/Feb issue. Cover photograph.

Mono Magazine November 2004, Nov/Dec issue. Cover photograph.

First Web Site: October 2003. I built and went live with my first web site using www.davebutcher.net (the only davebutcher or davidbutcher web name still available at the time). I edited templates from Namo Web Editor software to make the job much easier. It was a portfolio site with pictures and text, no shopping cart.



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