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 the facilities for $40/month, plus a $20 orientation fee, 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.
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.