Darkroom: Color Photography

In this workshop we will discover the disappearing art of Traditional Color Darkroom Photography! In this four week course, you will develop 35mm or medium format negatives, and print enlargements in a darkroom using similar color chemistry to the ones used in your local Mom & Pop Foto-Mat. Do you want that funky 70-80’s retro look in your 8×10 or 11×14 sized shots? Do you want a hands-on approach rather than pressing a button on your smart-phone? You will master all of this in one term.

This Monday class is eight weeks long to accommodate the two holidays during winter term, Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 15) and Presidents’ Day (February 19). This open studio will not be held on these days and there will not be a makeup for the holidays.

Pictured work by Amanda Durham, Damon Branch, Amanda Jensen, and Stephanie Bonham. 

What you will learn in this class:

  • How to develop color negative film using different chemistry

  • How to enlarge, color correct, and print your own color photographs using traditional chemistry

  • How to solarize a print in color! (a phenomenon in photography in which the image recorded on a photographic print is wholly or partially reversed in tone. Dark areas appear light or light areas appear dark.

  • Experiment with different developers to play with print contrast

Requires supplies:

  • An exposed roll of color film (35MM, or 120MM), or any previously shot sets of negatives. You will be encouraged to shoot new rolls for this class, too.

  • Photo paper that works with RA-4 chemistry

  • All chemistry for color developing is included in your studio fee

  • You will need a camera to shoot rolls of film and you will need to purchase paper. You instructor suggests this paper to start:
    Fujicolor-Crystal-Archive-RA-4-Color-Print-Paper-(Type-II)-8×10-100
    available from Webbcam, 241 N. 12th, 215-923-8380
    webbcam.net