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Intro to Black & White Photography

Instructed by Sharee Allen

Sundays, 1-4pm

Class meets:

October 21
November 4
November 18
December 2


Description: Learn the essential tools, materials, and processes of black and white analog photography.

In this course, students will be introduced to:

  • Basic camera operations
  • Black & white film processing
  • Contact printing
  • Black & white printing from enlarged negatives
  • Darkroom equipment, chemistry, and safety procedures

Note: Students who complete this workshop will gain access to the community darkroom during Open Lab hours, and will not need to complete an Orientation Session.

Tuition: $175
Course fee includes black & white chemistry and FREE access to all Open Photography Labs during the duration of the course

Class Size:
Minimum: 3
Maximum: 6

Materials List:

  • 3 Rolls of Kodak Tri-X 35mm film or Ilford HP-5 Plus 35mm film (400 ISO/ 36 exposures)

  • RC- Multigrade Black and White Paper, 8”x10” / 25 sheets

  • Plastic negative pages (Size: 7 strips of 5 negatives)

  • 35mm Film Camera*

* There are a limited amount of film cameras available to borrow for the duration of the course.

Level of Study: This class is introduction to black and white film processing and printing. It is suitable for absolute beginners, including teens, and for those wishing to refresh their darkroom skills.

LOCATION: Unless otherwise specified, all courses are hosted at Manifest's Drawing Center Studios in Madisonville at 4905 Whetsel Avenue (second floor) (see map and direction links below). Manifest's studio facility provides two classrooms, a darkroom, and a processing room all totalling nearly 4000 square-feet. The studios are outfitted with professional equipment, furniture, and study aids.


Map to Studio    |   Studio Calendar    |   Darkroom Calendar



Photos by Sharee Allen



About the instructor:

Sharee Allen has lived a nomadic lifestyle in seven U.S. cities and abroad. She earned her BA in Fine Art from Alfred University in western New York, and an MA in Art Therapy from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Her Master’s thesis researched the role of self-portraiture in adolescent identity formation.

Sharee’s professional photography career began onboard the cruise ship MS Amsterdam in 2010, where she traveled to six continents and worked as Image Creator. Upon her return to the States, she took on positions for Rolling Stone, Lomography, Freestyle Photo, and Cincy Refined. Since returning to Cincinnati in 2015, she has held a therapist position at Holly Hill Children’s Services and led mural painting projects with area high schools. Sharee is co-founder of the local nonprofit RISE and the webzine No Particular Order.

Sharee also moderates Manifest Drawing Center’s Open Photography Lab weekly.



Manifest's 15th season is funded in part by an impact grant
from ArtsWave, the Ohio Arts Council, and the generous contributions
of individual supporters who care deeply about the visual arts.

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(or by special appointment)

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2727 woodburn avenue
cincinnati, ohio 45206

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cincinnati, ohio 45227



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