Darkroom: Color Photography

In this class we will discover the disappearing art of traditional color darkroom photography. 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 and 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.

Fleisher will be closed on Monday May 27, to observe the Memorial Day holiday, the make-up session will be on June 12.

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.

Required supplies:

  • An exposed roll of color film (35MM, or 120MM), or any previously shot sets of negatives

  • Photo paper that works with RA-4 chemistry. The instructor recommends this paper to start.

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

Images in the gallery are by Jackie Dabrowski, Katharine DiBenedetto, Alexandra DiPiazza, Hannah Gaudite, Kenneth Luu, Jeffrey Stockbridge, and Pedro Zagitt