CURRENT WORKSHOPS


Fall Photography Seminar:

INTRODUCTION TO MAJOR THEMES

Description: Explore the history and thought processes behind some of the major photographic genres in a class that incorporates short lectures, projects, and critiques. We will discuss the modernist photographers' passion for design, the role of photographic portraiture in shaping identity, and the changing face of landscape photography. Students will have the chance to shoot analog film and create photographic prints in response to each theme presented and then receive feedback in critique.

Each student will be required to use the darkroom to complete weekly class assignments. Two darkroom orientation sessions need to be completed before the start of the class. Orientation sessions will be Tuesdays at 7pm, Wednesdays at 5pm, and Thursdays at 6pm.

Modernists & Their Break From Pictorialism: The first photographers who wanted to use the camera as an expressive (rather than purely scientific) tool felt that they had to make photographs that looked like paintings or drawings. “Pictorialists,” as they were called, intentionally blurred their images and framed subjects with lots of surrounding space so as to make their images more closely resemble what artists in other mediums were doing at the time. Modernist photographers were the first to really take advantage of the specifics of the photographic medium – varying depth of field, cropping, sharp focus, motion blur – to make images that exploited rather than hid their photographic origins. They used these techniques in combination with the elements of design – line, form, texture, etc. – to build a unique form of expressive language

Portraiture: Photographic portraiture and ideas about identity are closely intertwined. The invention of photography began to democratize the portrait genre, as the middle class could now afford to have images made of their loved ones. Many of the first commercial portrait studios drew heavily on the influence of the historical painted portraiture of the aristocracy, including such props as corinthian columns, thick drapery, and overstuffed chairs. Such a set-up serves to reveal the aspirations of the portrait sitters. We will discuss other ways in which photographic portraits have communicated identity and aspirations, covering such categories as psychological portraiture, environmental portraiture, self examination, and type-casting. I'll also provide some practical tips for working with lighting and portrait subjects.

Landscape – How Does Photography Shape Our Ideas About Land Use? In the history of the United States, landscape photography has been used to survey land for acquisition, to influence the government in favor of national parks, and to show the effects of housing and commercial development. Land is also photographed as an act of commodification (alluring to tourists and calendar consumers), as evidence of environmental crisis, and for purposes of communicating memory, spirituality and allegory. Our bodies are in contact with the earth and its elements daily. We shape the land and it shapes us. How do we create landscape images that go beyond the typical postcard variety?

Elizabeth (Betsy) Curtis has just returned to the Chicago area after living for 11 years on the island of Oahu. She received her MFA from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2011, and has worked as a photography lecturer since that time. Curtis makes both commercial photographs and conceptually based personal work which can be viewed at www.ElizabethRCurtis.com. Her personal work is concerned with ideas about photographic history and identity.

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advanced printing techniques $125

saturday, nov. 7th 10Am-4pm

This one-day workshop is designed to introduce you to the intermediate techniques to help make your darkroom prints come to life. Bring your favorite black-and-white negatives to print and discover the how to control contrast, burn down highlights, dodge shadows and make your prints glow!

This immersive workshop is for those who are already comfortable with the basics of darkroom printing. If you have previously attended our Black-and White Film Introductory Workshop, this workshop is for you. This workshop is also excellent for you who have recently completed a high school or college beginning photography class. Sign up with the confidence of knowing that we are here to help you each step of the way.

Workshop Leader: Daniel Fitzpatrick, a co-founder and board member of the Chicago Community Darkroom, has been a working professional photographer for ten years in Chicago. After first falling in love with photography in his high school's black-and-white darkroom, Daniel received a B.A. in Photography from Columbia College Chicago and had personal exhibitions. Today Daniel works in the commercial and fashion photography fields. Join Daniel for this workshop as he guides you through intermediate printing techniques in a black-and-white darkroom!

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BLACK AND WHITE FILM INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP

SUNDAY, Nov. 15tH 9:30AM-4:30PM

$125

 

Learn how to shoot, process, and print traditional black-and-white photos that express your creative vision! The Chicago Community Darkroom's Black & White Film Introductory Workshop on Sunday, November 15th, is a one-day workshop that provides a step-by-step guide for photographers either raised on digital or those who need a fun refresher on how to shoot, process, and print 35mm or medium format black-and-white film.

Space is limited! Workshop size is small to ensure personal attention.

All supplies provided: film, chemicals, negative sleeves and photo paper.

Bring only your 35mm or medium format film camera and you'll leave with negatives and prints!

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Workshop Leader: Patrick Pyszka is a photographer for the City of Chicago and a regular at Chicago Community Darkroom. He earned his BA in photography at Columbia College Chicago and worked as a newspaper photojournalist for five years before joining the city. A passionate black-and-white film photographer, Patrick will guide you through the fun basics of making real, silver, black-and-white photographs.

 

printing 101 $60

 Thurs Nov 19th 7pm Sign up

Join Greg Wiley for a Printing 101 class, catered to those who have the interest, but maybe not the skills, to bring photographs to life. He will show you how to print your black and white negatives onto emulsion paper, from start to finish. Topics include photographic chemistry, making contact sheets, when and why to use test strips, and techniques to help you get a print you can be proud of.

Bring in your own negatives and darkroom paper, and we provide the rest. Central Camera is a good place to find supplies. Sign up now, class sizes are limited!

 

B+W FILM 101 $40

MONDAY

NOVEMBER 9th 7pm

Join CCD President Ken Kanno on Monday Nov. 9th for a hands-on lesson in how to develop your very own roll of B+W film. If you've had film laying around undeveloped, or have always been curious to take out that old camera, now's the chance to learn how to get your hands dirty and develop your own film!

A negative sleeve is recommended for  safely transporting your developed film. Chicago Community Darkroom will supply all the chemistry and equipment necessary, all you need to bring is an undeveloped roll of B+W film and we'll show you the rest!

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PAST WORKSHOPS



BLACK AND WHITE FILM INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP

SUNDAY, September 27, 2015 9:30AM-4:30PM

$125

Learn how to shoot, process, and print traditional black-and-white photos that express your creative vision! The Chicago Community Darkroom's Black & White Film Introductory Workshop on Sunday, September 27, 2015 is a one-day workshop that provides a step-by-step guide for photographers either raised on digital or those who need a fun refresher on how to shoot, process, and print 35mm or medium format black-and-white film.

Space is limited! Workshop size is small to ensure personal attention.

All supplies provided: film, chemicals, negative sleeves and photo paper.

Bring only your 35mm or medium format film camera and you'll leave with negatives and prints!

$125

WORKSHOP LEADER:

Patrick Pyszka is a photographer for the City of Chicago and a regular at Chicago Community Darkroom. He earned his BA in photography at Columbia College Chicago and worked as a newspaper photojournalist for five years before joining the city. A passionate black-and-white film photographer, Patrick will guide you through the fun basics of making real, silver, black-and-white photographs.

 

PAST Workshops:

BLACK AND WHITE FILM INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP

SATURDAY,March 21, 2015 9:30AM-4:30PM

Learn how to shoot, process, and print traditional black-and-white photos that express your creative vision! The Chicago Community Darkroom's Black & White Film Introductory Workshop on Saturday, February 7, 2015 is a one-day workshop that provides a step-by-step guide for photographers either raised on digital or those who need a fun refresher on how to shoot, process, and print 35mm or medium format black-and-white film.

Space is limited! Workshop size is small to ensure personal attention.

All supplies provided: film, chemicals, negative sleeves and photo paper.

Bring only your 35mm or medium format film camera and you'll leave with negatives and prints!

BEYOND-THE-BASICS B&W Printing WORKSHOP

SUnday, February 15, 20159:30AM-4:30 PM

$125

WORKSHOP LEADER:

Daniel Fitzpatrick, a co-founder and board member of the Chicago Community Darkroom, has been a working professional photographer for nine years in Chicago. After first falling in love with photography in his high school's black-and-white darkroom, Daniel received a B.A. in Photography from Columbia College Chicago and had personal exhibitions. Today Daniel works in the commercial and fashion photography fields. Join Daniel for this workshop as he guides you through intermediate printing techniques in a black-and-white darkroom!


This one-day workshop is designed to introduce you to the intermediate techniques to help make your darkroom prints come to life. Bring your favorite black-and-white negatives to print and discover the how to control contrast, burn down highlights, dodge shadows and make your prints glow!

This immersive workshop is for those who are already comfortable with the basics of darkroom printing. If you have previously attended our Black-and White Film Introductory Workshop, this workshop is for you. This workshop is also excellent for you who have recently completed a high school or college beginning photography class. Sign up with the confidence of knowing that we are here to help you each step of the way!

workshop leader:

Daniel Fitzpatrick, a co-founder and board member of the Chicago Community Darkroom, has been a working professional photographer for nine years in Chicago. After first falling in love with photography in his high school's black-and-white darkroom, Daniel received a B.A. in Photography from Columbia College Chicago and had personal exhibitions. Today Daniel works in the commercial and fashion photography fields. Join Daniel for this workshop as he guides you through intermediate printing techniques in a black-and-white darkroom!

 


BLACK AND WHITE FILM INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP

SATURDAY, February 7, 2015   9:30AM-4:30PM

Learn how to shoot, process, and print traditional black-and-white photos that express your creative vision! The Chicago Community Darkroom's Black & White Film Introductory Workshop on Saturday, February 7, 2015 is a one-day workshop that provides a step-by-step guide for photographers either raised on digital or those who need a fun refresher on how to shoot, process, and print 35mm or medium format black-and-white film.

Space is limited! Workshop size is small to ensure personal attention.

All supplies provided: film, chemicals, negative sleeves and photo paper.

Bring only your 35mm or medium format film camera and you'll leave with negatives and prints!

 

Workshop leader:

Patrick Pyszka is a photographer for the City of Chicago and board member of the Chicago Community Darkroom. He earned his BA in photography at Columbia College Chicago and worked as a newspaper photojournalist for five years before joining the city. A passionate black-and-white film photographer, Patrick will guide you through the fun basics of making real, silver, black-and-white photographs.


Beyond-the-Basics B&W Printing Workshop

Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014  9:30am-4:30 pm

We are happy to announce our newest offering, the Beyond-the-Basics B&W Darkroom Workshop. This one-day workshop is designed to introduce you to the intermediate techniques to help make your darkroom prints come to life. Bring your favorite black-and-white negatives to print and discover the how to control contrast, burn down highlights, dodge shadows and make your prints glow!

This immersive workshop is for those who are already comfortable with the basics of darkroom printing. If you have previously attended our Black-and White Film Introductory Workshop, this workshop is for you. This workshop is also excellent for you who have recently completed a high school or college beginning photography class. Sign up with the confidence of knowing that we are here to help you each step of the way!

Workshop Leader:

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Daniel Fitzpatrick, a co-founder and board member of the Chicago Community Darkroom, has been a working professional photographer for nine years in Chicago. After first falling in love with photography in his high school's black-and-white darkroom, Daniel received a B.A. in Photography from Columbia College Chicago and had personal exhibitions. Today Daniel works in the commercial and fashion photography fields. Daniel's workshop will be Chicago Community Darkroom's first workshop geared toward intermediate printing techniques in a black-and-white darkroom.


Black and White Film Introductory Workshop

Saturday, October 25, 2014   9:30am-4:30pm

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Learn how to shoot, process, and print traditional black-and-white photos that express your creative vision! The Chicago Community Darkroom's Black & White Film Introductory Workshop on Saturday, October 25, 2014 is a one-day workshop that provides a step-by-step guide for photographers either raised on digital or those who need a fun refresher on how to shoot, process, and print 35mm or medium format black-and-white film.

Space is limited! Workshop size is small to ensure personal attention.

All supplies provided: film, chemicals, negative sleeves and photo paper.

Bring only your 35mm or medium format film camera and you'll leave with negatives and prints!

 

Workshop Leader:

Patrick Pyszka is a photographer for the City of Chicago and board member of the Chicago Community Darkroom. He earned his BA in photography at Columbia College Chicago and worked as a newspaper photojournalist for five years before joining the city. A passionate black-and-white film photographer, Patrick will guide you through the fun basics of making real, silver, black-and-white photographs.


Walking Workshop: Shooting B&W Film

Saturday, September 13, 2014  9am-4pm

   Walking Workshop: Shooting B&W Film is a seven-hour workshop on Saturday, September 13, 2014 that is designed to guide you in making spectacular black-and-white film photos. Join Chicago Community Darkroom board member and City of Chicago photographer Patrick Pyszka in Chicago's Loop as he leads you to some of his favorite places to shoot beautiful black-and-white photos.
   Receive tips on composing your photos, layering your subjects, feeling the light and nailing the moments. After a morning of photographing in downtown Chicago, Patrick will take you to our darkroom to develop your film and see your pictures. All materials will be provided. Bring only your camera and good walking shoes!

 


July Black and White Film Introductory Workshop

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

9:30AM - 4:30PM

 

Learn how to shoot, process, and print traditional black-and-white photos that express your creative vision! The Chicago Community Darkroom's Black & White Film Introductory Workshop on Saturday, July 19, 2014 is a one-day workshop that provides a step-by-step guide for photographers either raised on digital or those who need a fun refresher on how to shoot, process, and print 35mm black-and-white film.

Space is limited! Workshop size is small to ensure personal attention.

All supplies provided: film, chemicals, negative sleeves and photo paper.

Bring only your 35mm film camera and you'll leave with negatives and prints!

 

WORKSHOP LEADER:

Patrick Pyszka is a photographer for the City of Chicago and board member of the Chicago Community Darkroom. He earned his BA in photography at Columbia College Chicago and worked as a newspaper photojournalist for five years before joining the city. A passionate black-and-white film photographer, Patrick will guide you through the fun basics of making real, silver, black-and-white photographs.


June Black and White Film Introductory Workshop

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

10:00AM-5:00PM

Want to learn how to shoot, process, and print traditional black-and-white photos that express your creative vision? Come to the Chicago Community Darkroom's Black & White Film Introductory Workshop on Saturday, June 14th, 2014. This one-day workshop will provide a step-by-step guide for photographers either raised on digital or those who need a fun refresher on how to shoot, process, and print 35mm black-and-white film.

  Space is limited! Workshop size is small to ensure personal attention.

  All supplies provided: film, chemicals, negative sleeves and photo paper.

  Bring only your 35mm film camera and you'll leave with negatives and prints!

 


April Black and White Film Introductory Workshop

Saturday, April 19, 2014

10:00am-5:00pm

Want to learn how to shoot, process, and print traditional black-and-white photos that express your creative vision? Come to the Chicago Community Darkroom's Black & White Film Introductory Workshop on Saturday, February 15, 2014. This one-day workshop will provide a step-by-step guide for photographers either raised on digital or those who need a fun refresher on how to shoot, process, and print 35mm black-and-white film.

  Space is limited! Workshop size is small to ensure personal attention.

  All supplies provided: film, chemicals, negative sleeves and photo paper.

  Bring only your 35mm film camera and you'll leave with negatives and prints!

 


BLACK & WHITE FILM INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP

Saturday, February 15, 2014

9:30am-4:30pm

Want to learn how to shoot, process, and print traditional black-and-white photos that express your creative vision? Come to the Chicago Community Darkroom's Black & White Film Introductory Workshop on Saturday, February 15, 2014. This one-day workshop will provide a step-by-step guide for photographers either raised on digital or those who need a fun refresher on how to shoot, process, and print 35mm black-and-white film.

  Space is limited! Workshop size is small to ensure personal attention.

  All supplies provided: film, chemicals, negative sleeves and photo paper.

  Bring only your 35mm film camera and you'll leave with negatives and prints!

Workshop Leader:

Patrick Pyszka is a photographer for the City of Chicago and board member of the Chicago Community Darkroom. He earned his BA in photography at Columbia College Chicago and worked as a newspaper photojournalist for five years before joining the city. A passionate black-and-white film photographer, Patrick will guide you through the fun basics of making real, black-and-white photographs.

 

Black & White Film Introductory Workshop

Saturday, January 11, 2014

9:30am-4:30pm

 

 Want to learn how to shoot, process, and print traditional black-and-white photos that express your creative vision? Come to the Chicago Community Darkroom's Black & White Film Introductory Workshop on Saturday, January 11, 2014. This one-day workshop will provide a step-by-step guide for photographers either raised on digital or those who need a fun refresher on how to shoot, process, and print 35mm black-and-white film.

  Space is limited! Workshop size is small to ensure personal attention.

  All supplies provided: film, chemicals, negative sleeves and photo paper.

  Bring only your 35mm film camera and you'll leave with negatives and prints!

 

Workshop Leader:

Patrick Pyszka is a photographer for the City of Chicago and board member of the Chicago Community Darkroom. He earned his BA in photography at Columbia College Chicago and worked as a newspaper photojournalist for five years before joining the city. A passionate black-and-white film photographer, Patrick will guide you through the fun basics of making real, black-and-white photographs.


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