Darkroom Essentials & Processes

Tuesdays – September 5 – October 10
Brian Z. Shapiro
Thursdays – October 5 – November 9
Chris Gould

Course Description

This introductory class covers all of the key basics in Black and White Darkroom printing. Learn the essential steps and key processes to get you on your way to printing your images! Students will gain the techniques to grow in skill and confidence. Instructor will go over the needed materials in the first class. Students should bring an assortment of negatives to class, if available.


Photo Center Orientation is not required for this class, but it is required if student wishes to come to the Photo Center outside the workshop to develop film on their own and/or print their own photos in the Darkroom.


Brian Z. Shapiro & Chris Gould (Scroll down for more information about the instructor)

Dates and Time

September 5 – October 10
Tuesdays, 6pm-8:30pm
October 5 – November 9
Thursdays, 6pm-8:30pm

Class Platform


Class Number

36776 – September 5 – October 10
Brian Z. Shapiro
36777 – October 5 – November 9
Chris Gould

Class Fee



Fall 2023 registration opens Aug 19 at 10am

*Priority registration for active scholarship recipients starts Aug 16

Instructor Bio – Brian Z. Shapiro

Brian Z. Shapiro is a photographer and multimedia artist born and raised in San Francisco. His work explores the invisible forces that affect our surroundings. Shapiro graduated with honors from San Francisco State University with a major in Art with an emphasis in photography and has an MFA from San Francisco State University in Studio Art. He has taught with numerous organizations, including the non-profit First Exposures, California College of the Arts, Eastside College Preparatory School and the Walnut Creek Center for Community Arts. 

Instructor Bio – Chris Gould

Chris Gould is a photographer from Santa Rosa, California who has enjoyed taking pictures since he was a little kid. He studied at the San Francisco Art Institute and works in the black and white analog tradition -finding joy in the craft as well as the results. Chris has worked as a clerk and darkroom tech at the Harvey Milk Photo Center for over 10 years. He currently teaches currently teaches Darkroom Essentials & Processes and Basic Black & White Development.

Photo by Dave Christensen