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Photography: Black & White Darkroom

Due to the county-wide shelter in place order, the CCA campus, shops, and studios will be closed to all students, faculty, and staff after 5pm on Monday, 3/16/2020 until further notice. If you are unable to retrieve personal belongings, do not worry, as your items will remain safely stored in the studios.

We are optimistic that we will be able to reopen our shops, labs, and studios later in the semester to enable students to return to work on campus if they choose to do so, even though classes will continue through the semester using remote learning.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to the Photo Studio Manager Brianna Tadeo if you have any questions or concerns.

MANX (Martinex Annex Photo Studios)
Oakland Campus

Access to the black & white darkroom is reserved for:

  • Undergraduate students that are enrolled in or have completed Tools 1
  • Graduate students that have had a darkroom orientation
  • Current faculty

Anyone else that would like access, including non-photo students and alum, can gain access from the studio manager and is decided on a case-by-case basis.
The black and white darkroom is open whenever the cage is open, except when it is reserved for a class. Please refer to the calendar in the darkroom hallway for class schedules. There are no reservations, enlarging stations are checked out on a first-come, first-served basis.This lab is available for unstaffed access for students in their Junior and Senior years.
*See Rules and Regulations in the resource section for more important details*

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Brianna Tadeo

Photography Studio Manager

About the Photography: Black & White Darkroom

You should come prepared with photo paper, negative sleeves, negative cleaning cloth or brush, and a negative binder. Although the photo lab supplies film developing tanks and reels, we encourage you to buy your own. Other inexpensive items to consider for your personal lab kit includes lens tissue and cleaner, a pair of small scissors, print bags, and an archival print storage box.

Tools and Equipment

  • 18 black-and white Omega D-5 enlarging stations
  • 1 RC print washers
  • 16 x 20 Fiber washer






Photography Darkroom orientations are case by case setup by appointment or as requested by Faculty

Spring Term Darkroom orientations appointment availability 2/12, 2/14, 2/19 and 2/21 at 11 am. There will be no more after February 21st

Please sign up by sending an email to Brianna Tadeo, Studio Manager, at

Expect the orientation to take 1 hour.

If no one emails the Studio Manager then the orientation will be canceled for that date.

If you are seeking continued access to one or more of the Photography Areas, please email the Studio Manager, Brianna Tadeo at


  • You MUST have taken a class at CCA in the area of Photography you are seeking access in to gain permission.

  • If you are a grad student, you MUST have completed or are currently enrolled in Tools 1: Intro to the Darkroom, or have at least 2-year experience in a darkroom and demonstrate a working knowledge of darkroom equipment to take part in a darkroom orientation. Contact Brianna Tadeo, the Studio Manager, at to see if you are eligible to access the photography faculties.