MENDOCINO Co., 12/6/21 – After more than a decade, Mendocino College will reopen a photographic darkroom on the coast in time for this spring term of 2022, following the completion of a space renovation. The studio will allow photographers of all types and skill levels to learn about a variety of darkroom processes.
Here is the announcement from Mendocino College:
Mendocino College is delighted to announce that after an absence of twelve years, its Coast Center location will have a fully functional photographic darkroom starting in the spring of 2022. âHaving a functioning darkroom is a rare resource. in 2021, “said Center Dean Amanda Xu. âThe Coast Center is excited to share this resource with the community. We will be able to introduce both digital photography and darkroom photography to a new generation, while providing access to the facility to those already in the field. ”
The darkroom film development facilities will allow everyone from beginning students to artist photographers to work with small and medium roll film, as well as large format film sheets.
ART-282, Introduction to Photography, will be taught by Markus Pfitzner at the Coast Center this spring and will use the renovated darkroom, while exposing students to the digital side of photography. Pfitzner is an educator, fine art photographer, distinguished lecturer at CSU Sacramento, and former director of three professional photography labs.
âThe 13 darkroom enlargers will allow enlargements from these small, medium and large format negatives,â says Pfitzner. âMendocino County photographers and artisans will finally be able to enlarge their own gallery-quality fiber prints using the age-old darkroom archiving procedures. ”
Going forward, the Coast Center also plans to offer photography classes on alternative darkroom processes, such as cyanotype and Vandyke Brown printing. The revitalization of the darkroom allows for other potential concentrations of photography courses, including large format photography (using view cameras), Ansel Adam’s film exposure and development system, as well as photography at the pinhole.
The spring semester at Mendocino College begins January 18, registration is now open. For more information visit www.mendocino.edu/coastcenter or call 707.961.2200.