Darkroom Photography is not dead!
The Asheville Darkroom is a 501c3 non-profit organization offering education, programming, and facilities available for public use. Anyone with darkroom experience can become a member and use BW facilities for $40/month, or color for $60/month, which includes chemicals. Those new to the darkroom can take classes, workshops, and attend demos to learn how to use the space. We also offer free critiques on the last Wednesday of each month for both analog and digital work.
The goal of The Asheville Darkroom is to provide the city and surrounding areas with an accessible and affordable space to learn and practice traditional photography, and to learn digital processes where applicable. We will provide these services and education as Asheville’s only public darkroom facility.
We value life-long education, accessibility to all who wish to learn technical processes and artistic practices, and forums for individuals to learn and share their expressions and experiences.
The purpose is to foster a community of individuals that use photography as an art form through group critiques, artist presentations, topic discussions, and film screenings as well as classes, workshops, and community printing access.
Our facility will strive to provide access and education at the lowest costs possible for individuals within the local community who could not otherwise afford to build a functional darkroom for their own personal use and who would like a lower-cost option for learning more about traditional photographic processes.
We aim to offer a variety of classes and workshops where individuals can learn photographic processes and subjects from credentialed instructors over a long-term basis. We hope to become a principal organization in Asheville that sustains community involvement and appreciation for photographic-art making.
Racial Non-Discrimination Policy
The Asheville Darkroom admits members and students of any race, color, or national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, or other school-administered programs.
The darkroom began as the project of Andrew Fedynak in 2009, who opened doors to the public in April 2010, with Bridget Conn offering classes and workshops. The space transitioned under the direction of photographers Matt Brown and Phaedra Call-Himwich in August of 2011 into a private collective of 15 photographers using the space, with occasional use by non-members. Bridget continued her classes and workshops through this time. In April of 2012, Bridget and collective member Miranda Maynard began to make plans for the expansion of the space under the anticipated departure of Matt and Phaedra in August. Their successful Kickstarter campaign in June 2012 assured the darkroom would have a chance to redefine itself as a non-profit educational center and grow its facilities and offerings. In April 2013, Jason Clements replaced Miranda as Co-Director, and served until May 2014. The Asheville Darkroom received its 501c3 non-profit status in July 2014. In June of 2016, Bridget will resign as Executive Director to take a full-time teaching position in Savannah, Georgia. Jason Scott Furr will serve as the Executive Director of The Asheville Darkroom moving forward.
Daniel Abide, BA University of North Carolina Asheville
Robert Asman, MFA Rochester Institute of Technology, BA Catholic University of America
Bridget Conn, MFA University of Georgia, BFA Tulane University
Brit Davis, BA University of North Carolina Asheville
Ken Klehm, BFA School of the Art Institute of Chicago, BA New College of Florida
Tim Lewis, University of Kansas
Lynette Miller, MFA, BFA SUNY Buffalo
Board of Directors
Bridget Conn, Artist and Professor of Art at Blue Ridge Community College
Eric Baden, Artist and Professor of Art, Warren Wilson College
Jason Scott Furr, Media Artist
Anna Helgeson, Artist and Grants and Office Coordinator, Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design
Amy Sullivan, Certified Public Accountant