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Darkroom Photography

Explore the darkroom as a place of material wonder and play

Discover the photogram, create your own transparency negatives and dabble with montage. Our Darkroom Photography course is the place for students to experience photography as a process subject to the human hand, and develop an understanding of light, time and the very necessary kindling of your creative intuition in relation to the materials you work with.

5 sessions, 3 hours each, over 5 weeks.





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Key Features

  • – Photomontages
  • – Photograms
  • – Hand-color your images
  • – How to make a contact print from an acetate negative
  • – Work with filters on your enlarger
  • – Exhibition prep of images
  • – Exhibiting images


Course Overview

Our darkroom photography course will provide you with the necessary skill to play in the darkroom and further develop your understanding of the photographic medium by means of working without a camera. Here you will learn how to print photographs whilst bending the rules. This course is the ideal introduction to the darkroom as a means of image production and particularly so for those who would like to further develop their photography by means of developing their creativity.

Lesson 1

Our very first session will be dedicated to introducing you to the darkroom as a creative space. We will start this exploration by means of the photogram (shadow-gram), a (contact based non-lens form of photography) where you will learn how to work with an enlarger, photographic chemistry, photographic paper and the finer details with regard to good darkroom practice and etiquette. Homework for the following week will be regarding the production of acetate negative.

Lesson 2

In lesson two we will work with acetate negatives. Here you will learn how to make a contact print from an acetate negative and will be introduced to working with filters on your enlarger. This session will involve dedicated printing time and our aim for this session is the creation of what one might term a “perfect print.” We will discuss the use of fibre based photographic paper for those who want to hand-colour their work at a later stage. Homework for this week will involve preparing for the production of a photomontage in our next session.

Lesson 3

This week we will be creating our own photomontages in class. These creations will become the foundation of any additional photomontage work that you would like to do in the coming week. During this session, we will continue printing in the darkroom, acquiring new skill with regard to dodging and burning –  whilst conceptually starting to focus our ideas towards our exhibition submission: a triptych consisting of either/and/or, the photogram, photomontage, acetate negative print, hand-coloured/painted images and carefully considered printing formats (circular, square, triangular etc.). Homework for your next session will involve the production of your own easel/s, and the transformation of your photomontage into a negative format.

Lesson 4

At this stage of our production you are now well versed in the darkroom and have a sound understanding of what you can do with the photomontage, photogram and acetate contact print. This week we will look at hand-colouring your images and the possibility of working with acrylic paints and other materials on photographic paper.

Lesson 5

Our last session is dedicated towards making decisions with regard to exhibition submission and presentation, whilst completing and finalising our very last printing.