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About the Abbey Photography School

The Abbey Studios Photography Centre & School of Photography for Workshops, Courses and Individual Tuition.

Based midway between Cirencester (Capital of the Cotswolds) and Swindon, The Abbey Studios School of Photography is a division of Abbey Studios Ltd., probably the area's longest established photographic studio.
The studio has a history going back to the end of the 19th Century and many of its images are now in permanent store at the Gloucestershire Records office where a unique collection of images taken from the end of the 1800's through to the end of the 1900's is carefully being documented and in some cases digitised for future publication on the web.
Your tutor, Graham Light, is a fully qualified member of the British Institute of Professional Photography, his work is sold and published all over the world. As a studio, the studio has covered major events and Royal visits in the area and further afield. His work takes him around the UK and Europe providing images for several photographic libraries that represent his work around the world.
Graham Light purchased the business in 1977 and set about bringing it up to date and within a few years taking its turnover from a mere £5000.00 per annum to a six figure value, acquiring a studio in Swindon on the way and the negatives and records of an old established studio in Lechlade. At one stage the studio employed 10 staff and operated from 3 separate studios - two in Swindon and one in Cirencester.
In more recent years Graham has scaled the business down, and is concentrating more of his time to training, workshops and photography holidays. Graham will also be leading photography holidays for HF Holidays ( http://www.hfholidays.co.uk/) and in 2018/9 he will be leading photography holidays in Shropshire (Church Stretton) and Tuscany. In addition he is running a 5 week workshop at the New Brewery Arts Centre in Cirencester - see http://www.newbreweryarts.org.uk/ for more details.
The courses are designed and are suitable for amateur, semi-professional and professional photographers. We provide group training as well as individual tuition.
The Abbey Studios School of Photography has grown with the demand for training in photographic skills and in recent times Graham has provided training for both individuals and companies in the area and further afield.

As an addition to this Graham now offers a business mentoring service for photographers to grow and develop their businesses.
Graham is also senior tutor for an on-line  international school of photography (www.inst.org.uk).

His recently published book on Westonbirt, The National Arboretum has proved to be very popular and is not so much a book on photography but more a photographic journey through the Arboretum throughout the year. This is available either directly from Graham or through the shop at Westonbirt (Tidings).

Graham is available for talks and demonstrations for camera clubs,  garden societies, Rotary, Round Table, Lions etc.


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