Ruth Kaplan G44: B&W Darkroom Basics – Processing and Printing

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Register for this Gallery 44 workshop here.

$225 / $200 (G44 members)

Learn skills necessary for film processing and printing in a traditional wet black and white darkroom with instructor Ruth Kaplan. This workshop will guide participants from the fundamentals of processing film to black and white printing—including darkroom chemistry setup and safety, 35mm film processing, enlarger use, test prints, contact sheets through more advanced printing techniques such as dodging and burning and the use of filters to enhance your images and create exhibition quality prints.

This workshop is a great introduction or refresher course for anyone who hasn’t been in the darkroom for a while. Participants should bring unprocessed 35mm black and white negatives (2 rolls maximum)—all other materials provided.

Ruth Kaplan is a documentary-based photographer whose work explores a variety of themes such as the social behaviour of bathers in communal hot springs, participants in rituals of spirituality and most recently, refugee shelters in Canadian/U.S.A. border cities including Detroit, Buffalo and Fort Erie. Her first monograph, Bathers, has recently been published by Damiani. Kaplan has exhibited internationally and is represented by Stephen Bulger Gallery. Her editorial work can be found in major Canadian and international publications, she has received numerous grants and awards and is currently a photography professor at OCAD University and Toronto Metropolitan University.