Before using the darkroom, all users must first complete an Orientation Session. If you have never processed film or printed in a darkroom before, it is highly recommended that you take an introductory photography class before attending an Open Lab Session. [You can register for an Orientation Sesssion here.]
- Sundays* 6–10pm (register 24 hours in advance)
- Wednesdays 6–10pm (register 24 hours in advance)
- Thursdays 6–10pm (register 24 hours in advance)
Please register for Open Lab Sessions 24 hours in advance to guarantee that a moderator will be present at the lab.
The most current schedule can be found on our Darkroom Calendar.
* Sunday sessions provide a special opportunity to receive feedback on your work-in-progress from moderator Michael Wilson.
at Manifest's Drawing Center Studios in Madisonville at 4905 Whetsel Avenue (second floor) (see map and directions below). Manifest's studio facility provides two classrooms, a darkroom, and a processing room totalling over 3500 square-feet. The
studios are outfitted with professional equipment, furniture, and study aids.
The Manifest Drawing Center darkroom was made possible by support from FotoFocus; The John A. Schroth Family Charitable Trust, PNC Bank, Trustee; and The Ohio Valley Foundation, Fifth Third Bank, Agent; as well as contributions from many individual donors.
$20 / $15 students**
It is our belief that a sustained artistic practice can be transformative, and that a culture of darkroom regulars strengthens the photographic community. Session Passes provide access to any and all of our Open Lab Sessions within either a 12-session or 36-session time period. This provides valuable flexibility from week to week, and greatly discounted access to our photography facilities.
$50 / $30 students**
The 12-Session Pass provides an 80% discount on 12 Open Lab sessions, or 48 hours in the darkroom.
$125/ $75 students**
With a 36-Session Pass Open Lab Sessions are discounted 83%. The 36-Session Pass provides access to 36 Open Lab Sessions or 144 hours in the darkroom.
Session Passes are non-transferrable and begin on the first day attended. Passes expire within one year of the first day used.
**Students must show a valid student ID to receive the discounted price.
Walk-ins and Unlimited Pass holders must reserve an enlarger EACH time they wish to use the lab, otherwise you are welcome to any available enlargers under our first-come, first-served policy. See link above.
*Please Note: All prices, Open Lab Session days/times, and reservation procedures are subject to change.