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Learn and work in our fully equipped black & white and colour darkrooms, complete with ventilation and exhaust systems. Students provide their own film, paper and camera and we provide the rest!


Some class time will be devoted to working in the darkroom in the majority of the courses. Students are encouraged to take additional darkroom atelier time to help further develop their skills and their learning. For extra darkroom time see our lab packages starting as LOW as $6.00/hr.

Colour Photography I
Loren Williams Beginner
Discover the excitement of taking your own colour photographs, and producing traditional colour prints on our 20” wide RA-4 processor. Learn how to use your 35 mm. camera, the principles of film exposure, colour theory, how to understand the effects of different light sources on colour film and cultivate a keen eye for photography. Class discussions, slide presentations and critiques will guide you both technically as well as aesthetically. This course focuses on using a 35-mm. camera with some discussion on digital cameras. Students are asked to bring their 35mm camera, a role of colour ‘daylight’ film and a one inch 3 ring binder to the first class.
7:00 – 10:00 pm, Wednesdays
January 24 – March 28 (10 sessions, 30 hours)
(YM $289) $309 CLP4701


For extra darkroom time see our lab packages starting as LOW as $6.00

Photography I
The word photography means "to draw with light", and the camera allows you to translate pure light into a record of a moment in time. In this course, you will be introduced to the magic of darkroom printing and will be able to witness your images appear before your eyes as the exposed paper floats in a bath of chemistry. Learn how to use your camera and print your own photographs in black & white. Instruction is given on camera controls, principles of exposure, film development, composition and basic darkroom procedures.

Nathalie Gosselin
10:00 am - 1:00 pm, Sundays
January 28 – March 25 (9 sessions, 27 hours)
(YM $259) $279 BWP4701

Tatiana Parniakova
7:00 – 10:00 pm, Tuesdays
January 23 – March 27 (10 sessions, 30 hours)
(YM $289) $309 BWP4702

Creative Framing and Composition
Tatiana Parniakova Intermediate
Prerequisite: Photo I or complete knowledge of camera and darkroom basics
This course will address both creativity and composition. Students will be concerned primarily with elements of visual dynamics and ways in which ideas and information can be controlled and manipulated through the medium of photography. This course is designed in the format of a workshop series. Each workshop will consist of a lecture and a related assignment on a specific aspect of photographic composition, aiming to help students to develop as photographers. Emphasis will be placed on the various principles, elements and rules of photographic composition. Students will develop their skills through assignments, in-depth class critiques and discussions and will be guided and informed by slide presentations and either a field trip or group gallery visit. Students will also have darkroom time.
*Students will be responsible to develop their films and print contact sheets as assignments for the course on their own time, except for the assignment #1. The evaluation of the work and discussion on the progress will be based on that material.
MATERIALS NEEDED FOR THE COURSE: a camera, 5-10 BW films, 1 colour transparency film, BW 11x 14”paper, BW 8 x10” paper, a grain focuser, negative sleeves, one dust proof binder, an antistatic cloth, miscellaneous.
7:00 –10:00 pm, Wednesdays
January 24 – March 28 (10 sessions, 30 hours)
(YM $289) $309 BWP4703

The ART of the Print
Nathalie Gosselin Intermediate / advanced
Prerequisite: Photo I or complete knowledge of camera and darkroom basics
Do you feel like your printing is pretty good but you would like it to be fantastic? Are you frustrated because you are not sure how to improve? This course will reveal to you the secrets and techniques of fine art printers. Explore the Zone System, fibre based printing, split-filter printing, combining developers to extend your print's contrast range, bleaching to accentuate highlights, sepia and selenium toning and its effects on both cold and warm tone fibre papers and alternative “homemade” toners you can cook up to stain your prints in an endless variety of ways. You will also learn how to perfect your spot toning and to properly mount and mat your prints. Course includes technical demos, slide presentations, access to a variety of new chemistries and darkroom time.
7:00 - 10:00 pm, Mondays
January 22 – March 26 (10 sessions, 30 hours)
(YM $289) $309 BWP4704

Photographic Documentary
Louis-Philippe Sarrazin Intermediate
This course is designed primarily for those experienced in photography, but more especially, for those who love snapping places, people and trades in minute detail, posed or not. The key to making a documentary lies in the act of memory, but also in repetition (in time, place and more). By using a historical overview of this master genre of photography, we will attempt to understand its place in photography and the future. As well, participants in this course will be asked to produce a documentary of 12 images. Since we will not have darkroom time during the course itself, you must be able to come print your work during the Centre’s public hours. Colour, B&W and even digital photographers welcome.
7:00 –10:00 pm, Mondays
January 22 – March 26 (10 sessions, 30 hours)
(YM $279) $299 BWP4705



Head Technician: Louis-Philippe Sarrazin
(514) 739-2301 Ext. 349

Pressing the shutter-release button is just a small part of a photographer’s work. To completely master the concept of light, you have to spend a lot of time in the dark! Are you looking for a dynamic, stimulating place to share your knowledge of photography and learn more? Come use the digital and silver-halide labs at the Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts.
Develop your negatives at any time using Kodak X-Tol developer in our B&W darkroom. You prefer using a different product? No problem, bring it along and we will help you prepare your solutions. Whether you use 35-mm, 120-mm or 4 x 5 negatives, one of our many enlargers is sure to meet your needs.
This is also true for our colour darkroom, equipped with a 20" Kreonite RA-4 processor. However, you will have to have your negatives developed somewhere else, as we do not have a C-41 processor.

Afraid of the dark? Nobody will be any the wiser when you print your digital pictures with our Epson 2200 colour printer. Thanks to our Epson Perfection 4870 scanner, you can transform, edit and restore almost any positive on a MacIntosh G4 with software such as Photoshop 7.0, and Internet access.

To find out what else we have to offer, for example, a 16" x 20" dry-mounting press, come see us with your negatives or CD, your silver-halide paper or ink-jet paper, and your grain focuser… we’ll provide the rest. One of our experienced technicians is always around to answer any questions. And, do not hesitate to ask… It takes a special knack and great care to handle photography chemicals in a way that respects those working around you.

If you are interested in photography, but you are still unsure as to whether you fully grasped all the technical descriptions above, check out our list of courses—we have something for both the beginner and the more experienced photographer.

Darkroom Availability: January 8 – March 29, 2007
Sundays 1:15 – 5:00 pm
Mondays 1:00 – 6:00 pm
Tuesdays 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursdays 4:00 – 10:00 pm

Walk – in Hourly Rate: $10.00/hour
Block of Time: DRK3601: $90 for 15 hours ($6/hour)
Membership Rate: September to June: $795


Shirley Katz Intermediate / advanced
Fully equipped etching studio for technically self-sufficient students and artists. Use of 5 printing presses, aquatint box, relief rollers of all sizes, and photographic etching equipment. Separate acid room with excellent ventilation and individual storage space for everyone. Interview and portfolio required for students who have not had graphic training. Tutorials and exhibition opportunities!

Daytime Schedule
9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Mondays
January 8 – March 19 (11 sessions, 88 hours)
(YM $199) $209 ETA1701

9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Tuesdays
January 9- March 27 (12 sessions, 96 hours)
(YM $209) $229 ETA1702

9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Wednesdays
January 10 – March 28 (12 sessions, 96 hours)
(YM $209) $229 ETA1703

9:00 am - 3:00 pm, Fridays
January 12 – March 30 (12 sessions, 72 hours)
(YM $169) $179 ETA1704

Evening & Weekend Schedule
6:00 - 10:00 pm, Mondays
January 8 – March 19 (11 sessions, 44 hours)
(YM $99) $109 ETA1705

6:00 - 10:00 pm, Tuesdays
January 9 – March 27 (12 sessions, 48 hours)
(YM $109) $119 ETA1706

6:00 - 10:00 pm, Wednesdays
January 10 - March 28 (12 sessions, 48 hours)
(YM $109) $119 ETA1707

10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sundays
January 7 – March 25 (12 sessions, 84 hours)
(YM $189) $199 ETA1708