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We are CLOSED FOR EASTER from Friday 2 April, back 9am Tuesday 6 April.

Coronavirus COVID-19

Update 1 April. Ag continues to operate. Deliveries continue. Please continue to order in the usual way.

Current status:

- NORMAL ordering online

- No reduction Royal Mail reliability (items not being mislaid), but it is slower than normal, please allow more time for your film to arrive with us.

- DPD is operating as normal, usual reliability

- Our turnaround for lab orders is currently extended as we clear the Christmas backlog, but please inform us, as always, if you have a deadline.

- If you are waiting for your film to arrive/dispatch, please be more patient than normal.

Updated:Thursday 1 April 2021

We continue to monitor the situation and will update this page frequently.

Thanks for visiting Ag Photo LAB

We offer a straight forward approach to photographic services, with the backing of experience: incorporated into our business is the long established Peter Gaffney's Metro Colour Lab, established in Birmingham since 1946.

We use the highest quality materials available, and we have invested heavily in right equipment to handle those materials, producing the finest results. But, most importantly, your work is handled by professional lab technicians and photographic printers who have a lot of experience in the processing and photofinishing industry.

Ag Photo LAB offers the easiest, quality, photographic lab services in the UK for the professional, enthusiast and fine art market, but at the most competitive prices. Our retail shop is open Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm.

Meet the Team

Matthew Wells
Founder of Ag Photographic and Ag PHOTO LAB, and a total photography enthusiast. Day to day management of the business is Matthew's responsibility together with long term growth strategy. "My aim with Ag Photo Lab, has been to make photographic services, including the processing of film, digital photographic printing, film printing and scanning, as easy as possible and as affordable as possible. But, whilst affordable, to ensure we deliver the very best possible quality, and that this quality is consistent, roll to roll, print to print, order to order. This is critical, only possible by employing the best and most experienced people in the business, operating within strict parameters and using the best quality materials and equipment."
Interests other than photography include restoration and preservation of old buildings, classic cars, classic lawn mowers (yes, really - the 1952 Dennis is a real master piece of over-engineering!)
Nick Howse
Nick is the senior lab technician, with 25 year's experience in photo processing and finishing. Nick started his career in the photo processing industry in the darkrooms of Quadrant in Bromsgrove, moving to Peter Gaffney's in Birmingham in 2000. Nick's principle role is ensuring quality standards are maintained in all areas, especially consistentcy in colour balancing of scanned film and prints. It's hard to estimate, but we have done a rough calculation and believe that Nick has balanced by eye around 10 million photographs during his career, possibly more! In his spare time Nick enjoys cycling and supporting Aston Villa football club.
Dave Shepherd
Dave is an experienced photographer and darkroom worker and is also super organised, efficient and expedites lab orders, processing and ensures top quality control. With a first class degree in photography, Dave has a keen interest in a wide variety of photographic genre and having exhibited his own work understands the needs and demands of our student, educational and Fine Art customers.
Peter Gaffney
Peter's vast experience, stretching over 45 years in the photographic processing industry, is a huge asset to Ag Photo Lab. Overseeing quality in the lab generally, Peter's main role is in the processing of all E6 transparency films - a specialist service, but much in demand.
Peter's father started his business as a full time professional photographer in 1946 specialising in weddings, portraits and social photography, always processing his own work. Peter began working in the business in the early 60's when they became the first photographers in Birmingham to shoot weddings in colour - by the 1980's they were shooting over 300 weddings a year, but also processing for other photographers. Peter starter the Metro Colour Lab mail order service in 1980's.
Justin MacIntosh
A native of Australia, Justin has a passionate interest in photography and is very familiar with all aspects of materials and camera equipment. Overseeing day to day dispatch of orders and customer service Justin is on hand to assist customers in any aspect of their requirements and orders.
Steve Ford
A true camera enthusiast, Steve's role is ensuring timely dispatch of our goods and also lab orders, communicating with customers and is always helpful when a customer has a camera related query! Steve enjoys collecting cameras in is spare time.
James Britton
A fully qualified accountant, James is our financial controller, keeps the company in check when it comes to money matters and has developed a very full understanding of the photographic industry. James is also involved in plotting longer term strategy for the company, forecasting, and ensuring management figures are always available. 

Enviromental Policy
The Environment & Photographic Processing

It might be imagined that the environmental impact of waste chemicals from a traditional photographic laboratory was a taboo subject amongst photographers - something that might be glossed over in today's world of environmental awareness. But there is no need to do this.

Environmental Policy at Ag Photo Lab

The processing of both film and paper in our photo lab requires the use of photographic chemicals.
Over the last 30 years photographic chemistry has been continuously reformulated and refined with the environment at the forefront of manufacturers priorities. Ag PHOTO LAB handles photochemistry in a responsible manner and uses chemicals that are biodegradable where at all possible. Spent fixer and stabilising baths, which contain silver, and is problematic if it finds it's way into water treatment plants, are treated on site - the silver is extracted, acidic fixers and alkaline developers are mixed and treated to create PH neutral certified safe waste,  and the remains safely disposed of. The value in the silver helps cover some of the costs of removal.

All 35mm cassettes are stripped of plastic spools and sent for recyling. All 120 spools are also sent for plastics recycling.


Visit our sister site, Ag Photographic, for a huge range of Film, Paper, Chemistry and Darkroom Products.