B&W Darkroom 102
with Mat Marrash
Skill Level: This class is designed to get people started in the darkroom. If you are new to film theory, please take Darkroom 101 first, which can be found here.
This class is an introduction to the chemistry and development process of black and white film! Before you start working in the darkroom, you have to know what the chemistry does and how to handle your undeveloped film. And how to do it all in the dark! After this class you will be ready to do your own B&W developing and processing
Did you know that Midwest Photo has a rental darkroom! For more info and to reserve time in the darkroom, check out the MPEX Rental Darkroom page here!
B&W Darkroom 102 covers a range of topics including:
Types of B&W film chemistry
Intro to film emulsions
Outline of developing procedures
Dealing with negatives
How to deal with different kinds of development chemistry
and lots of tips for black and white development!
Instructor: Mat Marrash
Mat Marrash is a man in love with film photography. In the spring of 2010, after two years of dragging through the mediocrity of the digital lifestyle, Mat picked up a Hasselblad 500C and never looked back! Mat likes playing with all sorts of cameras, all the way from his handy-dandy Olympus Trip 35 all the way up to his mammoth Eastman Commercial B 8x10 camera (see Barbershops). He experiments with whatever film he can get his hands on, and processes it all by hand in the darkroom. Mat even makes his own prints by hand, producing fine art silver gelatin prints from 8x10" to 40x50". Right now, he's even playing around with some of photography's oldest traditions, Alternative Process Printing; dating back to the 1850's, Mat's in the darkroom printing just like the pioneers of modern photography!
When not shooting, Mat's doing everything he can to promote film photography. You can hear Mat alongside two other great photographers Michael Raso and John Fedele on the bi-monthly internet radio program, The Film Photography Podcast. For the more visually inclined, be sure to check out FPP's great YouTube Videos!