Darkroom Essentials & Processes

4/16 – 5/21, Tuesdays, 6pm-8:30pm, Ashley Malloy
3/28 – 5/9; Thursdays, 6pm-8:30pm, Chris Gould

Course Description

This introductory class covers all of the key basics in Black and White Darkroom printing: Film development, printing, and critique. 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.

This class contains the same information as our Film Camera Basics and Basic BW Film Development one-day workshops, in that usage of film cameras will be addressed, and the second day of the class is dedicated to hand processing B&W film.


Photo Center Orientation is not required for this class, and students will be considered oriented for membership or day pass purposes after the second week of the class.


Chris Gould (Thursday class) and Ashley Malloy (Tuesday class)
(Scroll down for more information about the instructors)

Dates and Time

April 16 – May 21
Tue 6 – 8:30pm
April 28 – May 9
Thur 6 – 8:30pm

Class Platform


Class Number

39533 – Tuesdays – Ashley Malloy
39534 – Thursdays – Chris Gould

Class Fee



Spring 2024 registration opens Mar 2 at 10am

*Priority registration for active scholarship recipients starts Feb 28

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 and Processes and Basic Black and White Development.

Photo by Dave Christensen

Instructor Bio – Ashley Malloy

Ashley Malloy (b. 2000) is an artist based in San Francisco, CA. They make multimedia work primarily based in photography and ceramics. They received a BFA in photography from California College of the Arts in 2022. Ashley loves to print in the darkroom, make books and zines, and make work from archival and found images. Their photographic work centers around themes of queerness, chosen family, and intimacy. Ashley loves to photograph people and tell visual stories through their images.