SU18 Tuesday Intro to Black and White Photography

“For me, the camera is a sketchbook, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity.”  -Henri Cartier-Bresson

Black and white analog photography is a fun and classic medium to work with. During the semester students will learn the process of taking successful analog photographs (with a 35mm manual analog camera) and will learn how to use the SAA’s black and white darkroom. Students will be encouraged to look at the work of different photographers for visual inspiration and technique. In addition to traditional negatives, students will have the opportunity to make their own non-traditional negative using transparencies.

*NOTE:  The SAA has a limited number of film cameras which can be checked out on the class meeting. Students provide their own film and paper. Darkroom chemistry is provided by the SAA.

Materials will be discussed the first day of class and are not needed until the second class meeting.

  • One box of RC multigrade black and white photo paper, 8 x 10 N finish (pearl)
  • Several rolls of film to start (HP5 or Kodax T-max or Tri-x).
  • A box or 3 ring binder to store negatives

Places to buy materials:

Hunt’s Photo and Video. There is one located in Cambridge and one near Kenmore Square.

B&H and K&M are also good resources-they are based  in NYC but you can order from them online.

This class meets 8 Tuesdays starting June 19 from 8:00-10:30pm in the Darkroom (W20-426) and is taught by Nicole Tariverdian.

SAA Intro to Black and White Analog Photography. Credit: Patricia Marques Gallego.
SAA Intro to Black and White Analog Photography. Credit: Patricia Marques Gallego.


  • June 19, 2018
    8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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