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Start Date:

Sat, Jul 11, 10:00am - Aug 01, 4:00pm Eastern Time (4 sessions)

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Murray Hill, Manhattan
36 E 30th St
Btwn Madison Ave & Park Avenue S
New York, New York 10016
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 6

What you'll learn in this darkroom class:

This DIY Darkroom course is divided in 4 segments:

  • #1: Lo-fi Darkroom
  • #2: DIY Cameras & Developers
  • #3: Camera-less Photography
  • #4: Historic Processes

Access to water will be necessary for all courses
some materials may need to be sourced either from your local supermarket or ordered online. Segment 3 space that can be made 'light safe' DIY film developer using some household ingredients which will be fun and environmentally friendly learning a bit about photographic chemistry.

Segment One
Lo-Fi Darkroom
Here we will work out how to modify the space available to you to make a darkroom suitable for film processing and contact printing. Once set up we can cover black and white film processing, contact printing, shadow and photograms, solarization and if you don't have images to contact print, DIY paper negatives and cliche verres will be explored.

Segment Two
DIY Cameras

Grab materials around the house to make a basic pinhole camera which can be used with simple black & white enlarging paper to capture fun and unique images wherever you are. Basics of photography physics will be covered in order to achieve best results.
By the end of this segment, you will create a 35mm matchbox pinhole camera and lo-fi fixed lens cameras with items around the house and also discover how to make a "home-brew" developer, which uses some household ingredients that are fun and environmentally friendly learning a bit about photographic chemistry while processing film and paper at home. 

Segment three
Camera-Less Photography

What fun can we have with black and white photo paper? In this segment Brittonie will guide participants on how to make the most out of new or old photo enlarging paper. You will also learn how to best preserve and document these types of images.

Attendees will learn the following techniques:

  • Solargraphs – they capture the sun's path across the sky over long exposures.
  • Lumen Prints -- photographic exposures and impressions made without developing the paper.
  • Kitchen Chemigrams -- a fun way to use old and expired paper and or old and expired processing chemistry to make wild and beautiful creations allowing photography to crossover into other realms of 

Segment Four
Historic Processes
In this segment participants will explore photographic printmaking using UV light and basic materials from things you can find in your kitchen to some elements you can easily order. These processes are a slow and simple way to enjoy the craft of fine art photography through the beginnings of the media with hand made and hand applied light sensitive coatings.

Remote Learning

This course is available for "remote" learning and will be available to anyone with access to an internet device with a microphone (this includes most models of computers, tablets). Classes will take place with a "Live" instructor at the date/times listed below.

Upon registration, the instructor will send along additional information about how to log-on and participate in the class.

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Refund Policy
In the event a student must cancel their registration for a workshop, they may do so any time before and up to 14 days prior to the workshop, and will receive a 100% refund of workshop cost plus any material fees. In the event a student must cancel attendance from a workshop after the registration deadline (14 days prior to the start of the workshop), this will be considered a withdrawal. The workshop costs and materials fees are not refundable but a 20% discount will be given toward another workshop.

There are situations that arise in which a workshop may need to be cancelled. In the event of a cancellation, students will be notified as soon as possible. Students are entitled to a full refund for the workshop cost and materials fee up to one week prior to workshop. A credit can also be given in the amount paid for the class to use at a later date. Penumbra is not responsible for any non-refundable travel costs (such as airfare, train tickets or accommodation costs). We would advise you to consider purchasing travel insurance.

Due to the intensive nature of our workshops, we cannot offer makeup sessions outside of workshop time or in future workshops. Instructors are not required to bring students up to date during scheduled workshop time for missed days or lateness. Refunds will not be given for absences or no shows.


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Start Dates (5)
Start Date Time Teacher # Sessions Price
10:00am - 4:00pm Eastern Time Brittonie Fletcher 4 $750
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Sat, Jul 18 10:00am - 4:00pm Eastern Time Brittonie Fletcher
Sat, Jul 25 10:00am - 4:00pm Eastern Time Brittonie Fletcher
Sat, Aug 01 10:00am - 4:00pm Eastern Time Brittonie Fletcher
10:00am - 4:00pm Eastern Time Brittonie Fletcher 1 $200
10:00am - 4:00pm Eastern Time Brittonie Fletcher 1 $200
10:00am - 4:00pm Eastern Time Brittonie Fletcher 1 $200
10:00am - 4:00pm Eastern Time Brittonie Fletcher 1 $200

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The Penumbra Foundation is a non-profit photographic arts organization whose mission is to bring workshops and greater education, lectures, and events to a diverse and evolving international photographic community. Our scope spans photography from its 19th century invention to the present age.


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