Walnut Hill School for the Arts

Introduction to Darkroom Photography

Introduction to Darkroom Photography

Program Dates: July 19 - 25, 2020
Grades: Rising 8th - Rising 12th


This class offers a hands-on opportunity to learn traditional black and white photography. You will learn to use a manual 35mm film camera, process negatives, and print black and white photographs. During the session, time will be shared between photographing outdoors, demonstrations, and working in the darkroom. There will be small group and individual instruction as you explore the technical and artistic aspects of film photography. By the end of the week, you will have a selection of finished photographs ready for presentation. No prior experience is needed. 35mm cameras and all materials will be provided. Due to darkroom space, program is limited to 14 students.


Katherine McVety is a photographer who teaches in the Writing, Film, and Media Arts and the Visual Art Departments at Walnut Hill. Previously, she has taught darkroom and digital photography at Lesley University, Ohio University, and Columbia University. Her photographs have been widely exhibited in the US and abroad. In addition to her work as an artist and educator, she has worked as a photo editor and photo-journalist in the US and in China. Her images have appeared in a variety of publications including, The Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, and Der Spiegel.