Wow, it is nice in there. good fan, new paint. tidy.
Brittonie + Lara have joined the Darkroom team with amazing energy and enthusiasm! manythanks!
We are still experiencing troubles with the enlargers, Martin? can you help? anyone?
Below is a rough proposal for "Intro to Photography/Black and White Darkroom " an 8 week course we want to run! Please give feedback and help this happen.
they are also hoping to run "Alt. Darkroom Techniques"
Intro to Photography
Black and White Darkroom
To offer an introductory class in black and white photography over the course of eight weeks, with an exhibition of student work at the end of the course. By the end of the class students should be comfortable using a 35mm camera, loading, exposing and processing black and white film, handling chemistry, using an enlarger and controlling the exposure and contrast of their prints. Successful work will require out of workshop time to take pictures and make prints. Classes will be spent covering the aforementioned information in addition to a brief history of the medium, having group critiques and preparing work for an exhibition.
Week 1: Introduction to the darkroom: safety, materials and chemistry, using a 35mm
Week 2: Processing Film
Week 3: Introduction to the enlargers; photograms and contact sheets. Overview of establish
Week 4: Using the Enlarger; Printing, Individual Meetings throughout the class after
Week 5: Critique, looking at work of establishes photographers
Week 6: Work Day; troubleshooting, enlarging continued
Week 7: Work Day. Group discussion concerning exhibition, and methods of presentation
Week 8: In Class Printing time/help. Curate exhibition as a group
* Assignments will be given each class, and students are expected to shoot at least one roll of film a week, more is strongly encouraged
Materials Required (Provided by Students)
Camera: 35mm SLUR preferred, however we will work within limitations
Film: Ilford HIP is strongly recommended; and will be made available to purchase off of a bulk roll. Students will need at least 8 rolls of film.
Paper: Ilford MGIV VC FB 8x10 100 sheet is recommended
Binder and Notebook
Materials Necessary (before beginning)
At least 2 (ideally 3) working enlargers
*Light Bulb needs to be replaced in Durst and installed in Color Head, in addition to
any other repairs to this head
Drying Rack- materials necessary are wood, screws and screen; we are willing to build this
Secured chemistry storage
Basic shelving installed
* we are willing to install this but need wood, screws and brackets
Film Developer- (preferred) D76, 3.8L powder 6.72
Ilford Isofol 3, liquid makes 7.5 L 6.99
Xtol, 5L powder 7.96
Print Developer- Dektol, 5L Liquid, makes 50 L 16.99
Stop Bath Champion 1L Liquid, makes 11 L 3.49
Fix Kodak 15L fixer 16.17
Fixer Remover*- Kodak Hypoclear, Powder makes 19L 5.42
All prices are according to First Call Photographic
*Is not absolutely necessary, but in an ideal situation would be made available
Fees and Access
A lab fee of X pounds/ student will be required to cover the cost of chemistry. Each student will be granted 1 weekly developing and printing slot, additional slots will be available at a 25% off the regular rate (Y)
Y: rate of dark room which needs to be determined as the forest darkroom needs to have the chemicals covered, a surplus fund for new equipment and/or equipment repair in the future which would basically make the darkroom self sustaining and flourish.
there will be a DARKROOM TEAM MEETING
, TUESDAY 21st SEPT. at 3pm.
or another time if it suits more people.