Slow photography: the pleasure to do it yourself
Our darkroom course aims to be an antidote to the chaos of the age of digital photography and smartphones. A place to slow down, think and wait. A place to be inspired and nurture your artistic vision. A chance to really understand the different chemical processes and create high quality, black-and-white images, without over relaying on “problem-solving” computers.
Advanced level overview
This level focuses on the in-depth study of fine-art printing and more advanced negative processing techniques that will allow you to create exhibition-worthy or portfolio-worthy high quality prints. We will pay careful attention to all the developing and printing stages. Furthermore, you will be introduced to different darkroom toning techniques and you will hone your newly-acquired skills by experimenting with exhibition quality fiber-based papers. During this module we will develop a collective final exhibition, where every student will showcase their best work.
At the end of this three-month-long module, our students will be highly proficient in darkroom and fine art procedures and will be able to create exhibition-worthy fine art prints. In addition to this, they will be able have total control of all the stages of the darkroom process on their own.
At the end of Advanced level participants will have deepen their darkroom knowledge to a master level. They will be able to produce fine-art photographic prints using all the materials available, to exhibition quality level.
Three-month levels as part of the One-year academic course
The three-month basic, intermediate and advanced level courses are parts of the Photography Film and Darkroom Academic Professional One-year Course. Extra-EU students can take advantage in taking a three-month block course with no need for long-term VISA, getting out of Europe after three months and then back again to attend the next level.
Please note that attending just one ore two levels does not entitle to get the Professional Certificate. In this case a Certificate of Attendance will be issued for the attended levels only.
Goals and Objectives
Since the course is aimed at the students who have completed the preparatory beginner and intermediate level courses, they must have a solid background in the subjects previously taught in those levels. Once completed their professional training, they can have access to the final exam for to obtain the professional certificate.
The main subjects of the advanced course are advanced darkroom techniques development, portfolio planning and exhibition making. For the entire duration of the course, the students will work on multiple digital portfolios, based on specific topics analyzed during the course. Furthermore, they will create their final printed portfolio and organize the final collective photo exhibition.
The final photo exhibition takes place in Florence in a gallery or local where show-case of photographs is possible. The final exhibition is an asset of our course for to showcase student’s work and to step in the important phase of art exhibition. Florence is the right location to begin to publicize your works. Please take in account the opportunity the school can offer with the final exhibition while enrolling to this program.
Get Professional Certificate through our recognized institute
The “Photographer and Darkroom Photography Expert” can be easily employed in a wide and diverse range of fields, such as photography, publishing industry, art market. This professional figure can take pictures and print high-end pictures that demand different styles and techniques, combining creativity and technical knowledge.
After completing the entire program (all three levels) and successfully passing both the modules and final exams, the student be issued a Professional Certificate in Film and Darkroom Photography. Our Professional Certificate is recognised by the Ministry of Italian Education, in accordance with the law. (For more information, see the “Professional Certificate” web page). For attending just one or two of the modules, the student will be accredited with a Certificate of Attendance only.
Prerequisites and requirements
The course starts from a beginner level, so no previous knowledge of photography is required for Basic level. A good knowledge of camera operation and photo management is required for to entry in the Intermediate level. Students should own gears and materials as listed at the page Student Guide.
Combine this course with language course
If you like, you can combine this course with Italian Language lessons at your choice. Please visit the page Combined courses and inquiry us for any help in combining the two courses.
Advanced darkroom techniques
Image pre visualization
Ansel Adams’s Zone System
Extension and contraction development of negatives
Cold and warm tones paper developers
Toning of prints
Archival processes for negatives and papers
Spotting of final prints