A Darkroom Club in Vancouver

West End Photographic Society - Darkroom

In the Darkroom


A Darkroom Club in Vancouver

The West End Photographic Society is a non-profit society that promotes photographic expression with a focus on darkroom photography.   We have a darkroom in the West End Community Centre (WECC) available for member use.

Nine meetings are held over the year which occur September to November and January to June.  There are no meetings in December, July and August.  Meetings take place on the fourth Saturday of the month at the West End Community Centre, 870 Denman Street, Vancouver, B.C. from 2:00 to 4:30.  We focus on a darkroom technique, trouble shooting or photo sharing.  Check the posts listed at the foot of this page for past workshop material.  Often there is a group assisted printmaking session in the morning of a meeting day.

Monthly Meetings:
Our last meeting of 2106 was held on November 26th. Bill gave a large audience a Master’s introduction to Lithographic printing. Bill has spent hours researching and refining this process and was able to give us all some great examples based on his experimentation. A blog post which provides some instructions and examples can be found here.

Jan 28,    Feb 25,     Mar 25,     Apr 22,      May 27,      Jun 24

On Exhibition

A collection of some of our members work is on display at the West End Community Centre. Stop by and have a look


1) Introduction to Darkroom Course at the West End Community Centre, Vancouver, BC 

Saturdays, January 28 – March 4, 10:00 – 2:00,  $150   More information is here

2) Basic Darkroom Course – starts on January 17, 2017, Langara Continuing Studies 

Basic Darkroom is your foundation course for all of the darkroom arts and sciences. Working under amber safelights, you will experience the magic of black and white photographs emerging from the darkness before your eyes. The main goal of this course is to get you entirely safe and self-sufficient in the black and white darkroom from shooting film to efficient work habits to mixing chemistry to processing film to handling enlargers to printing, toning and finishing your photographs its all here. With diligence, you will finish this course with better-than-lab quality mounted black and white prints and the confidence to continue working in the darkroom on your own. An added benefit: by week 4 you should be self-sufficient enough to use the darkrooms during Open Studio on Sunday afternoons. You must have a film camera (35mm or 120 medium format) and a light-meter (in-camera is best!) for this course please bring them to our first session. 

Here is the link to the photography course page (Langara continuing studies)