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Darkroom

DARKROOM & DIGITAL LAB FALL 2019

August 12th - August 30th

Monday - Friday 9:30am - 5:30pm

Saturday: 9:30am – 1:30pm

September 1st - December 12th

Monday:  9:30am - 3:30pm and 6:00 - 8:30pm

Tuesday: 9:30am - 3:30pm and 6:00 - 8:30pm*

Wednesday: 9:30am –8:30pm

Thursday: 9:30am – 8:30pm

Friday: 9:30am – 5:30pm

Saturday: 9:30am – 1:30pm

FACILITIES CLOSED:

Sept 2nd, Nov 28-30, 
*NOTE THAT DIGITAL PHOTO CLASSES TAKE PLACE FROM 630-830PM
Use of the Digital Lab is not available if a digital class is running. 
The photography studio is a shared space, please be mindful that there may be classes running in the main room while you are using the facilities. 


Orientation ($45) | Individual session ($20) | Current Photo Students (Free) | Monthly Membership ($50/mo) | Darkroom Storage ($10/mo)

For more information or to schedule an orientation please contact

Katherine Akey at photography@chaw.org | 202-547-6839

NOTE: Katherine will be on maternity leave an unavailable for new orientations from October 1st until November 12th. 

CHAW Darkroom

CHAW's Photography Facilities require an initial orientation to cover general information and policies about space use and equipment. This is not an instructional orientation, users must be familiar with general darkroom workflow and digital processes. Each visit to the photography facilities is a flat fee of $20 (with additional costs for digital printing). 

Patrons must provide their own darkroom paper and paper developer for darkroom use. All other equipment and chemistry are available and the facilities support formats from 16mm up to 4x5.  The facilities do not support color printing or processing. 

Patrons may bring their own paper to use in the digital printers, or use paper provided. There is an additional per-square-inch fee for using the digital printers, starting at 3¢ per inch for the Canon and 8¢ per inch for the Epson.

If you have no prior knowledge, we regularly offer an introduction to the darkroom class. Check out the class listings here.

To schedule a photography facilities orientation please contact Katherine Akey. 

DARKROOM EQUIPMENT

  • 6  Besler enlargers 

  • B&W Film Chemistry - All provided (D-76 1:1 for processing)

  • B&W Paper Chemistry - Stop Bath and Fix (Paper Dev and Permafix not provided)

  • UV exposure box, 20”x24” capacity

  • Two double sinks 

  • Trays, tongs, measuring cups, thermometers 

  • Negative carriers, contrast filters, easels, contact printers

  • Patterson and metal film canisters for processing film

  • Paper drying rack screens

  • Film drying cabinet

  • Heat press

DIGITAL EQUIPMENT

  • Epson Pro 7890 Large Format Printer

  • Canon Pixma Pro 100

  • Epson Perfection V550 Scanner