Before using the darkroom, all users must first complete an Orientation Session. If you have never processed film or printed in a darkroom before, it is highly recommended that you take an introductory photography class before attending an Open Lab Session. [You can register for an Orientation Sesssion here.]
- Sundays* 6–10pm (register 24 hours in advance)
- Tuesdays 8–10pm (register 24 hours in advance)
- Thursdays 8–10pm (register 24 hours in advance)
Please register for Open Lab Sessions 24 hours in advance to guarantee that a moderator will be present at the lab.
The most current schedule can be found on our Darkroom Calendar.
* Sunday sessions provide a special opportunity to receive feedback on your work-in-progress from moderator Michael Wilson.
LOCATION: Unless otherwise specified, all courses are hosted at Manifest's NEW Drawing Center Studios in Walnut Hills at 656 E. McMillan St. (second floor) (see map and directions below). Manifest's new studio facility provides two studio classrooms, private lesson space, a darkroom, film processing room, and a multi-purpose lecture and class meeting space all totaling over 4000 square-feet. The studios are outfitted with professional equipment, furniture, and study aids.
The Manifest Drawing Center darkroom was made possible by support from FotoFocus; The John A. Schroth Family Charitable Trust, PNC Bank, Trustee; and The Ohio Valley Foundation, Fifth Third Bank, Agent; as well as contributions from many individual donors. The 2020 relocation of the Manifest Drawing Center to our current location in Walnut Hills was made possible by a contribution from the William S. Rowe Foundation.
$20 / $15 students**
It is our belief that a sustained artistic practice can be transformative, and that a culture of darkroom regulars strengthens the photographic community. Session Passes provide access to any and all of our Open Lab Sessions within either a 12-session or 36-session time period. This provides valuable flexibility from week to week, and greatly discounted access to our photography facilities.
$50 / $30 students**
The 12-Session Pass provides an 80% discount on 12 Open Lab sessions, or 48 hours in the darkroom.
$125/ $75 students**
With a 36-Session Pass Open Lab Sessions are discounted 83%. The 36-Session Pass provides access to 36 Open Lab Sessions or 144 hours in the darkroom.
Session Passes are non-transferrable and begin on the first day attended. Passes expire within one year of the first day used.
**Students must show a valid student ID to receive the discounted price.