This introductory course is designed for people who have had limited or no experience in the darkroom. Following this weekend long course you will be able to process and print your own films independently in the darkroom. Over two days you will learn to process 35mm black and white film, make proof sheets from your negatives and print enlargements up to 8 x 10 inches. The course will include creative and technical aspects of printing such as contrast filters, and dodging and burning. The intimate workshop is designed to encourage conversation. Individual consultation will take place throughout the weekend and a group discussion of results will conclude each day. Chemistry and resin coated 8×10” paper are provided.

To book please email

Duration: Two consecutive days, Saturday & Sunday, 12 – 5.

Class maximum: 5

Price: $385- full price $375- concession.

Includes printing and processing materials and safety equipment.

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 two weeks before course start date.  Cancellation with less than 48 hours notice results in the full course fee being forfeited.

Course content:

Darkroom health and safety

Process 35mm film

Proofing images

Selecting images to print

Printing enlargements

Using contrast filters

Dodging & burning

Presentation and discussion of results


Prerequisite & what to bring:

In order to actively participate in this workshop you are required to bring:

i) At least one already exposed and unprocessed 35mm B&W film*

ii) Some previously processed 35mm black and white negatives that are ready for printing. (Colour Factory, Vanbar, Michaels and CPL process black and white film).

*FILM REQUIRING C-41 PROCESSING IS NOT SUITABLE, call us if you are unsure. Film recommendations: Ilford Delta, Ilford HP5, Kodak T-Max, Kodak Tri-X, Rollei Retro

iii) Scissors, a note pad and pen.

You are welcome to bring your lunch, or alternatively there are plenty of cafes close by.

Follow up classes:

Advanced Black and White Printing

Alternative Printing Techniques

Exploring and Making Photograms

This workshop is taught by Linsey Gosper, the director of Strange Neighbour. She is a photographic artist, analogue enthusiast and gallery manager at the Centre for Contemporary Photography.