Darkroom Essentials & Processes

1/9 – 2/13, Tuesdays, 6pm-8:30pm, Ashley Malloy
1/25 – 2/29; 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, and students will be considered oriented for membership or day pass purposes after the second week of the class.


Chris Gould (Thursday class)
Ashley Malloy (Tuesday class)
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Dates and Time

Tuesdays, 6pm-8:30pm
January 9 – February 13

Thursdays, 6pm-8:30pm
January 25 – February 29

Class Platform


Class Number

37814 – Tuesdays – Ashley Malloy
37815 – Thursdays – Chris Gould

Class Fee



Winter 2024 registration opens Dec 16 at 10am

*Priority registration for active scholarship recipients starts Dec 13

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.