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Photography: Irwin Digital Darkroom

CCA buildings are closed in the ongoing response to limit the spread of COVID–19. San Francisco, Alameda, and several other counties in the Bay Area have issued an extension to the Public Health Order for residents to stay at home, consequently CCA has moved to remote instruction through May 8. 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 year to enable students to return to work on campus if they choose to do so.

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

1st Floor
Irwin Student Center
Oakland Campus

Rules and Regulations

  • Access permitted only after an orientation.
  • No food or drink allowed.
  • Never prop the door open.
  • Flextight Film Holders must never leave the room and should be returned to the lock box at the end of a scanning session.
  • Access Three Strike Rule:

-First: Stern warning

-Second: No after hours access

-Third: No access for the remainder of semester

-If you break scanners or computers you lose unstaffed access to this space.


  • Reservations for scanners must be made in advance (Limit of 2 per week) and a lockbox key for film holders must be checked out from the Photo Cage. Holders must be returned to lockbox at end of the night.
  • Computer editing stations and networked printers are available on a first come, first served basis.
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Brianna Tadeo

Studio Manager, Photography

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Tori Manferdelli

Studio Manager, Digital Fine Art

About the Photography: Irwin Digital Darkroom

The Digital Darkroom is designed to meet the increased specialized needs of CCA’s Photography Department. Additionally, it functions in collaboration with the Digital Fine Art Studio (DFAS) and is a place where students can scan film, work on digital files, and make small-scale prints.

Tools and Equipment

  • 9 iMac Retina 5k machines
  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • 2 Hasselblad Flextight scanners
  • 3 - Epson v850
  • 1 - Epson 10000lx





Digital Darkroom Orientations are case by case setup by appointment.

Spring Term Digital Darkroom orientations are by appointment or as requested by Faculty. Please setup an appointment by sending an email to Brianna Tadeo, Studio Manager, at

Please note orientation will not run if there is less than 3 people signed up or you have not emailed to make an appointment

Expect the orientation to take 30 Minutes

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

Requirement: You must have been completed or currently enrolled in Tools III or a Photo Major in their Junior and Senior year. If you are a grad student, please contact Brianna Tadeo, the Studio Manager, at to see if you are eligible to access the photography faculties.