Refine your darkroom technique and develop a subtle sense of control over the printing process.

This five-week course is designed to provide students with previous darkroom experience the tools necessary to make higher quality silver prints. Participants will learn advanced techniques such as dodging and burning, pre-flashing, and split-filter printing. Students will also experiment with paper choice to better understand the differences between RC and fiber papers. Finally, students will develop their eye for contrast and tone, and learn to visualize their final prints. Through demonstration and discussion, participants will gain a thorough understanding of the black and white printing process.

Bonus: Students have unlimited access to the darkroom throughout the course!

  • Processed negatives (any format)
  • 1"x14" Ilford Multigrade IV Paper (RC or Fiber)
  • Scissors
  • Compressed air
  • Apron (optional)
  • Notebook and pen

transparent_jones_headshot_125pxStephanie Vance is a photographic artist and educator born in Southwest Michigan and currently residing in Philadelphia. She received her BFA in Visual Arts and Art History from Albion College in 2011, and her MFA in Visual Studies from Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, NY in 2016. Vance has taught photography, video, and related media since 2008 at various institutions including Albion College, International Center for Photography, Genesee Center for the Arts, SUNY Brockport, and Interlochen Center for the Arts. In addition, Vance’s broad range of experience in education, collections management, exhibition design, and studio production has led her to work with, and assist in projects for, many internationally known artists and museum professionals including Rick Hock, Joyce Neimanas, Carl Chiarenza, Jim Megargee, Brenda Ann Kennealy, Rebecca and Alex Webb, and Carol Kim, among others.

  • Developing an eye for contrast and tone
  • Dodging & burning
  • Pre-flashing
  • Split-filter printing
  • Using different photographic papers
  • Demonstrations
  • Film Processing
  • Lecture
  • Darkroom Printing
Who's it for?

Students with previous darkroom experience that are seeking to refine their printing skills and gain more control over the final look of their photographs

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  • Non-members: 450.00
  • Members: 405.00


5-session class
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Sunday evenings, 6 - 9pm
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