The Darkroom is a non-for-profit Photography Education and Visual artist centre located in the heart of Dublin 7.

The Darkroom was founded in 2010 by Visual Artist and Photographer Mella Travers. Mella began her photographic career in the 1990s, working for many prestigious fashion publications, while also maintaining an extensive personal practice. Her work has been exhibited widely in Ireland, including VISUAL Carlow and RHA Dublin. Most recently she has exhibited work alongside artists Wendy Judge and Niamh McGuinne, which explored innovative analogue techniques and modes of presentation.

Beginning as a small space at the artist collective Block T, Smithfield, The Darkroom has expanded and grown, and in 2016 moved to a purposely fitted and designed space centrally located at 32 North Brunswick St, Stoneybatter. Encompassing analogue and digital facilities, darkrooms, a large studio, a digital suite and an extensive range of camera and lighting equipment, The Darkroom offers a range of rental options and a wide range of courses covering all aspects of photography.

Experienced and award winning tutors, such as Mandy O’Neill and Mella Travers, are on hand to provide small group sessions or one to one tutoring, which can be tailored to the clients needs. A description of  the wide range of courses available can be found here.

I took an introductory black and white darkroom course with Mella, it was lots of fun and really interesting. Mella is a great teacher, and really cares that everyone learns and achieves what they want to in the course. I hope to be doing more darkroom courses in the future!

Deborah Jacob

The Darkroom is an indispensable resource for photographers both analogue and digital, excellent classes too, would definitely recommend any one interesting in learning about either digital or analogue photography!

Frank Little

Did the intro to Black & White class.  Learning how to bring my images to life in a print format by the fourth week was incredibly satisfying and gave me a serious buzz. We need more places like it in our city, and we need to protect the ones that already exist.

Owen Costello

  • General Membership

    120.00

    1 year subscription to the Darkroom.

    We welcome you in the creative community of the Darkroom!

    We run a membership scheme here at the darkroom that gives you access to the Black and White Darkroom as well as our Photographic Studio, one to one critics and access to all the equipment.

    Check it out HERE

    1 year subscription to the Darkroom.

    We welcome you in the creative community of the Darkroom!

    We run a membership scheme here at the darkroom that gives you access to the Black and White Darkroom as well as our Photographic Studio, one to one critics and access to all the equipment.

    Check it out HERE

Upcoming Courses in the Darkroom

  • APD01 – Introduction to Film Photography using 35 and 120 Cameras

    225.00

    Dates: Saturday and Sunday April 24th & 25th, 2021 

    This course is an introduction to photographing using film cameras and to the Black and White Darkroom. It is aimed both at beginners and those who want to rediscover manual settings, providing a comprehensive introduction to analogue photography.

    The Darkroom will provide all material which includes: film and photographic paper for the duration of this course and both 35mm & 120 film cameras for you to use on the course.

    Time: 10.30am – 4.30pm

    Dates: Saturday and Sunday April 24th & 25th, 2021 

    This course is an introduction to photographing using film cameras and to the Black and White Darkroom. It is aimed both at beginners and those who want to rediscover manual settings, providing a comprehensive introduction to analogue photography.

    The Darkroom will provide all material which includes: film and photographic paper for the duration of this course and both 35mm & 120 film cameras for you to use on the course.

    Time: 10.30am – 4.30pm

  • FSD01 - Introduction to Super 8 mm Black & White

    225.00

    Date: December Saturday 8th

    Date: December Saturday 8th

  • CDP02 - Photogram Workshop

    30.00

    Date: Saturday, December 12th

     

    Date: Saturday, December 12th

     

  • DSP02 - Intermediate Digital Photography & Post Production

    295.00

    Dates: November Wednesday 11th, Saturday 14th, Wed 18th, 25th & Dec 2nd

    Dates: November Wednesday 11th, Saturday 14th, Wed 18th, 25th & Dec 2nd

  • DPD02 - Intermediate Black and White Darkroom

    225.00

    Dates: October Wednesday 14th, 21st, 28th & Nov 4th

     

    Dates: October Wednesday 14th, 21st, 28th & Nov 4th

     

  • DPD03 - Advanced Black and White Darkroom

    325.00

    Dates : December Saturday 5th &  Sunday 6th

    Dates : December Saturday 5th &  Sunday 6th

  • DSP01 - Introduction to Digital Photography

    195.00

    Dates: Tuesdays, April 13th – May 4th, 2021 

     

    Are you interested in learning Digital Photography?

    With our hands-on month-long course Introduction to Digital Photography you will learn how to use your camera with confidence as well as visual techniques to help you take well-exposed and composed photographs.

    You will have plenty of opportunities to put into practice what you are learning!

    Morning and Evening Sessions are available: 10.30am-2.30pm | 6.30pm-9.30pm

    Dates: Tuesdays, April 13th – May 4th, 2021 

     

    Are you interested in learning Digital Photography?

    With our hands-on month-long course Introduction to Digital Photography you will learn how to use your camera with confidence as well as visual techniques to help you take well-exposed and composed photographs.

    You will have plenty of opportunities to put into practice what you are learning!

    Morning and Evening Sessions are available: 10.30am-2.30pm | 6.30pm-9.30pm

  • DPD01 – Introduction to Black and White Darkroom

    200.00

    Start Date: Mondays, April 12th – May 3rd, 2021

    Experience the magic of analogue

    An introduction to film development and printing were you will gain an excellent basic grounding in darkroom techniques enabling you to work independently in the darkroom. Ideal for a total beginner and for those who want to refresher their skills. Experience the magic of analogue

    Start Date: Mondays, April 12th – May 3rd, 2021

    Experience the magic of analogue

    An introduction to film development and printing were you will gain an excellent basic grounding in darkroom techniques enabling you to work independently in the darkroom. Ideal for a total beginner and for those who want to refresher their skills. Experience the magic of analogue

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