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 8-session course. Fleisher will be closed on January 16 and February 20 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.


Special Notes

This is an in-person class which will take place onsite at Fleisher. Please review our COVID-19 community safety policies for current guidelines.

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. Tuition assistance applications can be completed once registration is open by clicking here. The deadline to apply for winter term assistance is Wednesday, November 23; Notifications will be sent by Wednesday, December 7.

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.

  • How 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 until the second class:

  • 8×10-inch photo print files

  • Microfiber cloth

  • Three-ring binder notebook for storing negatives and prints

  • Fujicolor RA-4 photo paper

  • A hand towel

Places to go for supplies: