Saturday September 2, 2017
Start: 10:00
End: 16:00

Darkroom Essentials | weekend workshop
Turn off your computer and get to grips with black-and-white darkroom printing in this weekend introductory workshop. Over two days, you will learn to master the basics of black-and-white photography from capture to print, learning how to correctly develop film, make proof sheets and print individual images with creative freedom. Whether you are a first-time film photographer, or are looking for a refresher course after a dalliance with digital, this two-day workshop is your essential guide to black-and-white darkroom printing.

Students will meet the tutor out the front of Brodburger at the Kingston Foreshore at 10am on the first day.


Day one

  • Shooting (short field trip to capture images)
  • Developing
  • Contact printing

Day two

  • Printing

David Flanagan - is a Canberra based photographer specialising in architectural and abstract aerial landscape photography. After graduating from the Canberra Institute of Technology with a BA Design (Photography) in 2004 David relocated to Sydney and established himself as a successful commercial photographer and acclaimed exhibiting landscape photographer. In August 2012 David moved his family back home to Canberra where he currently works at the Australian National Archives as Exhibitions Coordinator and is also a practising commercial photographer. David was the PhotoAccess inaugural Dark Matter resident in 2015, where he spent six months creating work in the PhotoAccess Darkroom for his exhibition Silver and Gold.

What to bring?
All materials and equipment for this workshop are provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own (working) 35mm SLR camera if preferred. One roll of film and 30 sheets of paper included. Lunch is not provided.

Spring: 2 + 3 September 2017 (Saturday & Sunday) 10am - 4pm both days (5 spots available)

$350 (for current PhotoAccess members)
$385 (including 12 months membership of PhotoAccess)

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Maximum class size: 6
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Other information
Darkroom Essentials was formerly named Introduction to Black-&-White Film and Darkroom. Darkroom Essentials also serves as an induction to the PhotoAccess darkroom for first-time users. On completion of the course, participants will be qualified to use the PhotoAccess darkroom.

Who is this class for? This workshop is for beginners. No previous experience in film or digital photography required, though completion of the Camera Skills (or equivalent experience) is an advantage.

Friday September 8, 2017
Start: 10:00
End: 23:00

(Image: Ulli Brunnschweiler, Zoë (detail). Included in our 2014 members' exhibition One Great Face)

A 2017 PhotoAccess members' exhibition

Entries due: Friday 8 September 2017
Entry fee: $30 per member

"It’s the subject matter that counts. I’m interested in revealing the subject in a new way to intensify it. A photo is able to capture a moment that people can’t always see" Harry Callahan, 20th Century American photographer. Callahan's muse was his wife Eleanor, who he photographed for more than fifty years, and the resulting images rank among the most moving photographs ever made.

The final PhotoAccess members’ exhibition for 2017, Muse, invites our members to reflect on the people in their lives who have been an inspiration to them in some way. One's muse may be a cherished face– friend, family member or lover– or perhaps someone who is an influence from afar. It is with this in mind that we invite new and existing members to creatively address the theme, Muse, through photography and photo-based art.

In the lead-up to Muse, we encourage members to take advantage of our courses and workshops. A full list is available online here. Working on film? Take advantage of our darkroom subscriptions and free access days, details available here.

Muse will run from 28 September – 8 October 2017 in the ‘Tall’, ‘Long’ and 'Multimedia' rooms of the PhotoAccess Huw Davies Gallery. Click here to enter.