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Intro to Black & White Film Photography

Instructed by Laura Lair

Sundays, 12–3pm

4 Class Meetings:

June 9
June 23
July 7
July 21

Registration Deadline: June 6, 2024

[ *** 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: $195
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: 7

Materials List: (download and print PDF list here)

* 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.

Around our studios...

LOCATION: Unless otherwise specified, all courses are hosted at Manifest's new facility at 'M1' in Clifton at 3464 Central Parkway (see map and directions below). Manifest's new facility provides multiple studio classrooms, private lesson space, a darkroom, a film processing room, and a multi-purpose lecture and class meeting space as well as on-site parking, grounds, and exterior spaces in which to relax, discuss, and make art. The studios are outfitted with professional equipment, furniture, and study aids.


Map to Manifest's M1 Studios   |   Studio Calendar   |   Darkroom Calendar



Photos by John Homer



About the instructor:

Laura Lair was drawn to photography as a creative outlet at a young age, spending much of her time on it through her teenage years. Photography fell by the wayside for her through college, but after graduating, she felt the pull to get back into it. Laura found Manifest’s Community Darkroom in 2017 and rediscovered the joy of shooting film and working in a darkroom. She has been a regular member of Manifest’s Darkroom Community ever since and guest moderates the Drawing Center’s Open Photography Lab and Envision Project Lab sessions.

Laura’s educational and professional background is in environmental science and natural resource management. She currently manages water quality monitoring programs for the East Fork Little Miami River Watershed while also working on projects to improve recycling in Clermont County. 

When she’s not researching water quality or making prints in the darkroom, Laura likes to kayak on the Little Miami River, rollerblade on the bike trail in Loveland, and take her black lab Yogi out on adventures.




 Josephine S. Russell
Charitable Trust

Manifest is supported by sustainability funding from the Ohio Arts Council, and through the generous direct contributions of individual supporters and private foundations who care deeply about Manifest's mission for the visual arts.

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cincinnati, ohio 45206

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