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Intro to Black & White Photography

Instructed by Ann Burrell

Sundays, 1-4pm

January 13-Febraury 24, 2019*

*The class will meet every other Sunday:
January 13
January 27
February 10
February 24.

Registration Deadline: January 10, 2019

[ *** REGISTER HERE *** ]

Description: Learn the essential tools, materials, and processes of black and white analog photography.

In this course, students will be introduced to:

  • Basic camera operations
  • Black & white film processing
  • Contact printing
  • Black & white printing from enlarged negatives
  • Darkroom equipment, chemistry, and safety procedures

Note: Students who complete this workshop will gain access to the community darkroom during Open Lab hours, and will not need to complete an Orientation Session.

Tuition: $175
Course fee includes black & white chemistry and FREE access to all Open Photography Labs during the duration of the course

Class Size:
Minimum: 3
Maximum: 6

Materials List:

  • 3 Rolls of Kodak Tri-X 35mm film or Ilford HP-5 Plus 35mm film (400 ISO/ 36 exposures)

  • RC- Multigrade Black and White Paper, 8”x10” / 25 sheets

  • Plastic negative pages (Size: 7 strips of 5 negatives)

  • 35mm Film Camera*

* There are a limited amount of film cameras available to borrow for the duration of the course.

Level of Study: This class is introduction to black and white film processing and printing. It is suitable for absolute beginners and for those wishing to refresh their darkroom skills.

LOCATION: Unless otherwise specified, all courses are hosted at Manifest's Drawing Center Studios in Madisonville at 4905 Whetsel Avenue (second floor) (see map and direction links below). Manifest's studio facility provides two classrooms, a darkroom, and a processing room all totalling nearly 4000 square-feet. The studios are outfitted with professional equipment, furniture, and study aids.


Map to Studio    |   Studio Calendar    |   Darkroom Calendar



Photos by Ann Burrell



About the instructor:

Ann Burrell currently teaches photography at the Art Academy of Cincinnati – as adjunct faculty and as an instructor with the Community Education department. She absolutely loves showing her students how to process film and print their photographs. From those who have never experienced the magic of watching their first print appear in the developer to those who have been using a darkroom for years and find themselves so immersed in the process that one hour quickly transforms into 3, Burrell embraces similar experiences when in the darkroom. Everything else slips away and she is focused on the process – in how to best communicate what is seen and what is felt when it is seen.

For Burrell, taking pictures or creating photographic images without a camera, is a way of expressing significant parts of herself. Burrell strives to notice details and find beauty in ordinary things. Currently, one of her most passionate undertakings in the darkroom is the creation of photograms using objects placed on photo paper and exposed to light. The compositions of these images can be enhanced by variables such as the type of photo paper, length of exposure, opacity of various objects, tonal ranges and how light refracts through each object. Because of these variables, each image is unique and allows new ways of looking at common objects. This process continually surprises Burrell which, in turn, informs her approach to teaching all types of analog photography.




Manifest's 16th season is funded in part by a grant from the Robert H. Reakirt Foundation, PNC Bank, Trustee. This season's programming is also supported by an impact grant from ArtsWave, by a sustainability grant from the Ohio Arts Council, and through the generous contributions of individual supporters who care deeply about the visual arts.

gallery hours:

tues-fri noon-7pm, sat noon-5pm
(or by special appointment)

closed Sun and Mon

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