Darkroom Over Digital

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  1. SuzanneR

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    Great article! Thanks for sharing, Suzanne.
     
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    The photos included with the article are pretty creative, too. And I'm happy to see that Newtonville Camera is still supplying materials - they were always my go-to store.
    I first learned how to develop film and print in high school. The lab was next to the computer room instead of being near the art rooms and I don't know if it's still there. But it got me started.
     
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    It's great these youths can see the value in learning and using film.
     
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    A nice article indeed. Sadly, my high school, as I understand it is removing their newly installed darkroom as the school art room is being turned into a room for children with behavior problems. They seem to get a new art teacher every year, and each one (while I was there) did not seem to see the value of the darkroom at all. I'm glad to see that elsewhere in Mass. that is not quite the case!!
     
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    That's wonderful! I know of only one high school in my area that still teaches wet photography.
     
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    Enjoyed the article. Film will last for a long time.

    Jeff
     
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    Several teachers in my district still teach darkroom photography although it is getting challenging each year as more and more kids don't want to do the work. One teacher I know has incorporated the cel phone into the darkroom where kids place their phone on top of an enlarger and make a print. Seems to be quite popular.
     
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    I'm a high school literature teacher. All five high schools in the school district I work for offer black and white film/darkroom based photo classes. They also offer digital/photoshop based classes as well, so students can work with both. We've been fortunate that our district, despite being a large urban district, has not suffered the severe budget issues so many public schools have had to deal with in recent years, so we have not cut arts classes. I'm well-known to the students as a professional artist, even though I teach literature, so many of them show me their work and ask advice about it. There are some incredibly talented kids out there.
     
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    Nice, I just posted this to both Kodak and Ilford's FB pages!
     
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    Well done.
     
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    While I was a department chairman at school I made the case that traditional, wet-darkroom photography was fundamentally different in teaching process, a valuable tool to get through to students and fundamentally unlike sitting down and moving an object the size of a bar of soap around on a table while looking at a screen. The counter argument, that computer skills were more important for the real world, was easily accepted and then dismissed because of the ubiquitous nature of computer use across the curriculum. The art studio, and the darkroom in particular, encouraged a very different approach to skill building, a much more integrated, physical interaction with the task at hand. The school bought what I was selling and continues to maintain a wet darkroom as well as a thriving digital program. My successor has added platinum printing and a host of hybrid process methods, but you have to do the darkroom course first.

    As the head of a photographic society that receives many donations from collections dispersed after collectors stop collecting (most die holding that last camera in their cooling hands and the spouse says "what am I going to do with all this stuff?"), I find that the most common request for cameras comes from local high school teachers and the occasional college instructor, looking to keep wet darkroom learning alive in their schools. Getting cameras into the hands of kids is the most important thing we can do to keep film photography alive.