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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 6
System Requirements:

You will need a reliable Internet connection as well as a computer or device with which you can access your virtual class. We recommend you arrive to class 5-10 minutes early to ensure you're able to set up your device and connection.

Class Delivery:

This class will be held via Zoom unless otherwise specified

What you'll learn in this darkroom class:

This DIY Darkroom course is divided in 4 segments:

#1: Intro to Historic Processes
#2: Lensless Photography
#3: DIY Film Developer
#4: Lo-Fi Darkroom

Access to running water is necessary for all segments. Some materials may need to be sourced either from your local supermarket or ordered online. Please ensure you give yourself enough time to acquire materials (minimum 1 week) and ask questions in advance. Many of the materials are used or reused through the course or in multiple segments. Segment 3 requires a space that can be made 'light safe' for DIY film developers.

Segment 1: Intro to Historic Processes

October 29th | 10AM-5PM EST

In this segment, participants will explore photographic printmaking using UV light and handmade and hand applied light sensitive coatings. History of the processes and contemporary applications will be discussed. Students will explore contact printing with photograms, film or transparencies and learn the basics of creating anthotypes, cyanotypes and salt prints. Toning with botanicals will also be covered.

Segment 2: Lensless Photography 

November 5th  | 10AM-5PM EST

In this segment, participants will learn how to expand their creative skillset with black and white silver gelatin paper (new, old, destined for the trash). Techniques covered include lumens and their family of variants, Kitchen chemigrams, and solargraphs. Lumen printing refers to exposures and impressions made without developing photographic paper, creating lovely pastels, earth tones, and sometimes more vibrant creations. “Kitchen” Chemigrams will find participants repurposing household materials, including kitchen waste and materials to make wild and colorful creations allowing photography to crossover into other realms of art such as resist, monoprint, and painting. Solargraphs capture the sun's path across the sky over long exposures. Students will learn best practices for preserving and documenting these types of images.

Segment 3: DIY Film Developer

November 12th | 10AM-5PM EST

In this one-day online course, students will learn about basic photographic science while processing film at home. An introduction to photographic-relevant physics and chemistry will be covered in a very accessible way to achieve the best results. A dark space is required (like a closet or dark bathroom) for a brief part of this course. Techniques covered will include: homebrewing film developer with environmentally friendly household ingredients and film processing.

Segment 4: Lo-Fi Darkroom

November 19th | 10AM-5PM EST

In this segment, students will modify their spaces to make a darkroom suitable for analog printing, film loading, and other processes. The basics of photography, physics, and chemistry will be covered to achieve the best results. Students will make contact prints using traditional black and white paper, with no enlarger necessary, covering a range of artful and practical applications you can easily do at home while using household ingredients that are safe for home use. Techniques covered include basic darkroom setup, setting up an exposure unit with what you have at home and lo-fi paper exposure units for contact printing. The class will begin with a basic introduction to contact printing using photogram and shadowgram, or students can contact print their own negatives. Students will then move on to working with cliche verre and Solarisation/Sabatier.

Remote Learning

This course is available for "remote" learning and will be available to anyone with access to an internet device with a microphone (this includes most models of computers, tablets). Classes will take place with a "Live" instructor at the date/times listed below.

Upon registration, the instructor will send along additional information about how to log-on and participate in the class.

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In the event a student must cancel their registration for a workshop, they may do so any time before and up to 14 days prior to the workshop, and will receive a 100% refund of workshop cost plus any material fees. In the event a student must cancel attendance from a workshop after the registration deadline (14 days prior to the start of the workshop), this will be considered a withdrawal. The workshop costs and materials fees are not refundable but a 20% discount will be given toward another workshop.

There are situations that arise in which a workshop may need to be cancelled. In the event of a cancellation, students will be notified as soon as possible. Students are entitled to a full refund for the workshop cost and materials fee up to one week prior to workshop. A credit can also be given in the amount paid for the class to use at a later date. Penumbra is not responsible for any non-refundable travel costs (such as airfare, train tickets or accommodation costs). We would advise you to consider purchasing travel insurance.

Due to the intensive nature of our workshops, we cannot offer makeup sessions outside of workshop time or in future workshops. Instructors are not required to bring students up to date during scheduled workshop time for missed days or lateness. Refunds will not be given for absences or no shows.
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The Penumbra Foundation is a non-profit photographic arts organization whose mission is to bring workshops and greater education, lectures, and events to a diverse and evolving international photographic community. Our scope spans photography from its 19th century invention to the present age.


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