Darkroom Essentials & Processes

3/22 – 4/26
Wednesdays, 6pm-8:30pm
Brian Z. Shapiro
4/20 – 5/25
Thursdays, 6pm-8:30pm
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

Mar 22- Apr 26
Wednesdays, 6pm-8:30pm
Apr 20 – May 25
Thursdays, 6pm-8:30pm

Class Platform


Class Number

35557 – Mar 22- Apr 26
Brian Z. Shapiro
35556 – Apr 20 – May 25
Chris Gould

Class Fee



Spring 2023 registration opens Mar 4 at 10am

*Priority registration for active scholarship recipients starts Mar 1

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 u0026amp; Processes and Basic Black u0026amp; White Development.

Photo by Dave Christensen