Intermediate Darkroom Workshop

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What will we be doing?

Over four consecutive weeks, a darkroom specialist tutor will lead you through a range of advanced darkroom practices, including printing on fibre-based paper, selenium toning prints, dodging and burning, digitising negatives and exploring the multigrade system.

This workshop is designed to give you more guided mileage in the darkroom, increase your confidence and ability to use the darkroom independently and advance your understanding of the wide variety of analogue practice. The tutor will work with you individually, responding to your needs and interests.

This workshop is perfect if you’ve completed our Introduction to Black & White Darkroom workshop, or have some experience in the darkroom and a budding analogue practice. If you’re unsure if you have enough darkroom experience, please give us a ring or send us an email at [email protected] to discuss.

Date & Time

Intermediate Darkroom takes place over 4 consecutive weeks on Wednesdays in April: 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th of April, 2024, 6:00 to 9:00pm, at PhotoAccess

PhotoAccess is located within the Manuka Arts Centre
Corner Manuka Circle & New South Wales Cres,
Griffith ACT (next door to the Manuka Pool)


Week 1
Getting re-acquainted with the PhotoAccess darkroom and introduction to printing on fibre-based darkroom paper.

Week 2
Diving deeper into dodging & burning and understanding how to get the most out of your negative when printing.

Week 3
Refining individual darkroom skills with your tutor’s guidance, including further exploring fibre printing, using the multigrade system and selenium toning.

Week 4
Identifying difficult negatives and managing techniques to counter problem areas.

What will be provided?

We’ll provide all equipment and chemicals for print development and a pack of fibre-based paper per person. This is all included in the workshop enrolment fee. You’ll get a PhotoAccess notebook and pencil to record your discoveries and make plans and, of course, the opportunity to learn with an experienced analogue photographer tutor. 

During the four weeks of the workshop, you’re also welcome to come in during opening hours and use the darkroom at no extra cost (darkroom access is usually $50/day) . However, you will need to bring your own papers. Your film-developing and darkroom chemicals are included in your PhotoAccess membership.

What do I need to bring?

Please bring some of your existing negatives, your curiosity and enthusiasm! We’ll provide coffee, tea and biscuits to keep you going during each evening class, but please feel free to bring along snacks or your dinner if are going to get hungry by 9pm.

The Fine Print

Enrolments for this workshop close at midday (12pm) on Friday March 29th, 2024. As a not-for-profit, our financial margins are narrow and classes require a minimum number of participants to run. In the event that PhotoAccess cancels a workshop, refunds will be paid in full or a transfer allowed free of charge. If a class is postponed, we will endeavour to reschedule at a time convenient to enrolled participants.

PhotoAccess will happily refund or transfer workshop fees up to 7 days prior to the start date of the workshop. If less than 7 days’ notice is given, PhotoAccess can offer a partial refund. Alternatively, enrolment can transfer to another workshop plus a $50 transfer fee. If less than 48 hours are given, no refunds or transfers can be given. Please note that memberships purchased in conjunction with a workshop enrolment are non-refundable. See Terms and Conditions for further details.