This advanced printing class will survey a variety of non-traditional techniques that expand artistic possibilities for darkroom photographers.

Download the Alternative Techniques for the Black and White darkroom PDF here. This contains additional information on the course techniques.

Class will begin with an overview of various photographers that approach photography in a unique way. Our following lessons will take place in the B&W darkroom where we’ll print with altered negatives and photo paper, create photograms and chemigrams, make Sabattier prints (solarisation), and apply photo chemistry with brushes and other tools. This class will also explore toning prints in coffee as well as experiment with self-prepared toning and bleaching baths.

We will also experiment different darkroom techniques such as light painting on paper, double exposures, vignetting, zooming in exposure, embossing, spray developing, reticulated negatives and burning negatives.

Attention will be paid to the creativity of every participant, and with the teachers help they will be able to realise their own artistic work.

“It is of utmost importance to enjoy the process of experimentation and not seek an end product of perfection. Desiring perfection at the start is a killer for creativity! Going with the flow of process, with no specific outcome in mind, allows for creative energy to grow and new discoveries to be made. How many experimental processes were born from mistakes? My personal discoveries were. It is so important to let go of perfection and have fun playing.”

Course dates:

Wednesday Evenings, April 20, April 27, May 4, May 11  & May 18

Wednesday Evenings, June 1, June 8, June 15, June 22  & June 29


Course runs every Wednesday evening for five consecutive weeks, 6:30-9:30pm. There will be a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 5 students.

Class Maximum: 5

Cost: $495

Deposit: $100.

The deposit is non-refundable but transferable to other classes. Cancellation notice is required 2 weeks before the course date to transfer to another class. Cancellation after this time results in the deposit being forfeited. The remaining balance is due 2 weeks before course start date.  Cancellation with less than 48 hours notice results in the full course fee being forfeited


Biography of Robert Marnika here.