Darkroom: Color Photography

In this workshop 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 & 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 smartphone? You will master all of this in one term.

This is an eight-session course. Fleisher will be closed on January 17 and February 21 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and President’s Day.

Please note that this classroom is accessible by stairs only; please contact Fleisher for more information.

Pictured work by Corin Bellomia, Amanda Durham, Dominique Ellis, Emad Hasan, Amanda Jensen, Estefania Orozco, and Sarah Hill.

Special Notes

This is an in-person class which will take place in our building with strict social distancing protocols and reduced student capacity. Please see our COVID-19 community safety policies.

Tuition Assistance is Available

To make our classes and workshops accessible to everyone, Fleisher offers tuition assistance every term so that everyone can join our creative community. We have recently streamlined the application process, making it even quicker and easier. Tuition assistance applications can be completed once registration is open by clicking here. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, November 23rd. Tuition assistance notifications will be sent by Tuesday, December 7th.

What you will learn:

  • 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.

  • You will learn to print from color slides!

Required supplies:

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

  • You will need a camera to shoot new rolls of film

  • The instructor will cover additional supplies and explain what kind of photo paper to purchase on the first day of class.

You will also need, but can wait till the 2nd class:

  • 8×10 inch photo print files

  • Canned air or Dust-off

  • Anti-static cloth

  • Three-ring binder notebook for storing negatives and prints

Places to go for supplies: