John was born and grew up in south east England and now lives in the City of Manchester. He first became interested in photography at the age of eleven in the 1970's and is both self taught and formally educated. John has had work published in several magazines & books, has worked with an award winning theatre company and his work is in private collections worldwide. He has also exhibited in the UK and abroad.

John's primary interest is working with historic photographic processes, particularly wetplate collodion, cyanotype, platinum/palladium and gum bichromate.


September 2007: Centro Cultural Capitol de Caja Duero Santi Espíritu , Cáceres, Spain.
May 2010: Dissenters Gallery, Kensal Green, London, UK.
September 2010: Casa de la Cutura carra Balme, Onda, Spain.
November 2010: Palacio de la Isla, Cáceres, Spain.
November 2010: Salford Museum and Art Gallery, Salford, UK.
July 2011: The Arts Bank Gallery, Saltburn, UK.
February 2012: Curious Pursuits, The Portico Library, Manchester, UK.
December 2012: Vanitas, Double Negative Darkroom, Hackney, London, UK.
May 2013: Two Friends That Never Met, LightBox Photographic Gallery, Astoria, Oreon, USA.
October 2013: Planetari De Castello, Paseo Maritimo 1 Gao de Castellón, Spain.
October 2013: Alternative Photographies exhibition, The Palace Hub Gallery, Redcar.
October 2013: The Last Spooky Show, LightBox Photographic Gallery, Astoria, Oreon, USA.
November 2013: Cabinet of Curiosities, The Peoples Gallery, Start in Salford Creative Arts and Wellbeing Centre, Brunswick House, Salford.
October 2014: Shutter Hub, Alternative Process: an exhibition of photography, The Engine Room, Mossley, Ashton-under-Lyne, UK.
April 2015: In Search of Lost Time Dimbola Lodge ( Julia Margaret Cameron's ancestral home) Isle of Wight.

Lectures, Articles and External Workshops

Autumn 2005: The cyanotype process, The Large Format Journal
May 2010: Talk, Kensal Green Cemetery, London. British Photographic History link
September 2010: Speaker at the Society of Archivists Conference, Manchester.
June 2011: The Daily Telegraph; Modern Victorian Photography. Link.
July 2011: Saltburn Victorian Photography talk at The Arts Bank Gallery.
July 2011: Saltburn - Demonstration of the collodion wetplate process.
July 2011: Manchester Metropolitan University, MA photography lecture & workshop.
July 2011: North East Life magazine.
July 2011: Amateur Photographer magazine.
October 2011: Gum bichromate masterclass, Hot Bed Press.
March 2012: Cyanotype, Van Dyke Brown, Gum bichromate and Wetplate talk and demonstration, Hot Bed Press.
March 2012: Cyanotype and Van Dyke Brown masterclass, Hot Bed Press.
June 2012: Bievre Camera Fair
December 2012: Tri-colour gum masterclass, Hot Bed Press.
January 2013: Consultant for Loughborough University, platinum/palladium ULF negatives and printing.
February 2014: Workshop at Dimbola Lodge, Isle of Wight.
April 2014: Demonstration for The Charlotte M Yonge Fellowship and The Lewis Carroll Society
June 2015: Dark Glass Plate for film. Director; Katie Dolan.
November 2015: Batman versus Superman (Warner bros. Plate for film (assisting). Director; Zack Snyder.
Aug 2016: Gum Printing: A Step-by-Step Manual, Highlighting Artists and Their Creative Practice (Contemporary Practices in Alternative Process Photography) 3 images in print.
Sep 2017: BBC 4. Britain in Focus: A Photographic History presented by Eamonn McCabe. Demonstration of making a wetplate glass negative.
Sept 2017: Lomography Magazine John Brewer: Wetplate Experiments with the Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens