creative research gallery and drawing center
a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization



darkroom photography year-round




How do I get started?

Everyone must attend an Orientation Session before using the photography facilities at Manifest Drawing Center. Orientation Sessions will cover safety procedures, basic workflow, darkroom guidelines, and the cleaning responsibilities of everyone using the space. 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.


LOCATION:Unless otherwise specified, all courses are hosted at Manifest's new facility at 'M1' in Clifton at 3464 Central Parkway (see map and directions below). Manifest's new facility provides multiple studio classrooms, private lesson space, a darkroom, film processing room, and a multi-purpose lecture and class meeting space as well as on-site parking, grounds and exterior spaces in which to relax, discuss, and make art. The studios are outfitted with professional equipment, furniture, and study aids.


$25 / $15 students**

  • Sundays 4:30–5:30pm


Please note: Registration closes 24 hours before each Orientation Session, to ensure that the proper staff and materials are available. You can register in advance here. Each Session is limited to 8 individuals to ensure that everyone receives proper attention. All upcoming Orientation Sessions are listed on our Darkroom Calendar.



First Sunday of every month, 3:30-5:30pm.*

During each Darkroom Refresher, Michael Wilson will be demonstrating the procedures and fundamentals of black and white film processing and enlargement printing in the darkroom. After participating in the refresher, stay for the Open Lab from 6-10pm to try the processes out yourself, and receive one-on-one feedback from Michael who will stick around to moderate the Sunday Lab.

Map to Manifest's M1 Studios   |   Studio Calendar   |   Darkroom Calendar

  Season Funder:

Manifest's 18th season is funded in part by a grant from the Josephine S. Russell Charitable Trust, PNC Bank, Trustee. This season's programming is also supported by the generosity of tens of thousands of contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign, by a sustainability grant from the Ohio Arts Council, and through the generous direct contributions of individual supporters and private foundations who care deeply about the visual arts.

gallery hours:

tues-fri 12-7pm, sat noon-5pm
closed on sun-mon

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2727 woodburn avenue
cincinnati, ohio 45206

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3464 Central Parkway
cincinnati, ohio 45223



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