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Current Space Community Darkroom will include classes, workshops, lectures, photo club, critiques, field trips, and member exhibitions.

Please consider supporting the Current Space Community Darkroom Kickstarter.

Current Space is a volunteer run organization and we are excited to announce that we are expanding our facilities to include a 6 station black and white darkroom and photo programing throughout the year. The Current Space Community Darkroom met it's original $3,500 Kickstarter goal within 24 hours. That goal supplied the bare bones needed for plumbing, electrical and build out. Kickstarter and Amazon Payments take 10% so we are really trying to stretch this money to make some amazing things happen. We are happy to announce that as of today we met our second benchmark of $5,000. For the last week of our Kickstarter campaign we are trying to reach a third benchmark of $6,000. This new goal will help us update some of the equipment we already have, make our facilities sharper, fund our photography programing and give the Current Space Community Darkroom stability and the possibility of growth. It will also assist us in funding classes, workshops, lectures, and exhibitions.

With your donations we can make this happen!

PLANNED PHOTO COURSES, WORKSHOPS AND PROGRAMING FOR 2013 (more to come!)

Bi-Annual "Good Light" Slideshow and Lecture series

"GOOD LIGHT"

Good Light is a bi-annual photo slideshow and lecture series that takes place in the Spring and Fall at Current Space. Good Light includes a limited edition publication of the photographers work who exhibit in the slideshow. This program gives photographers the opportunity to exhibit their work in a gallery and brings the Baltimore Arts community together to recognize excellent photographic work, socialize and hear an esteemed lecture speak about their work.

The first event took place in November and featured the work of 30 Baltimore photographers and a lecture by photographer Alex Heilner. The first Good Light poster was designed and printed by photographer and artist, Salvatore Farina. The first catalog includes the work of: Alex Heilner, Salvatore Farina, Liam Quigley, Kyle Tata, Andrew Eargle, Suzanna Zak, J.M. Giordano, Josh Sisk, Eric Helgas, Patrick Galluzzo, Elle Perez, Brian Henry, Patrick Joust, Kim Llerena, Jennifer Mizgata, Lynn Silverman, John Zimmerman, Jules Hamann, Ginevra Shay, Liz Donadio, John Jones, Tim Castlen, Elizabeth Green, Jay Gould, Mary Ancel, Andrew Laumann, Michelle Gomez, and Rachel Ad Lowing.

Introductory Darkroom Class

(Available on Kickstarter)

The Introductory Darkroom Course is for those who have no experience or little experience in the darkroom and would like to learn the ins and outs of the darkroom. This class will cover introductions to traditional black and white film processing and printing. Students need to provide their own camera, but all other materials are provided by the darkroom for the class. Classes will consist of formal instruction in use of the camera, film processing lab, and printing in the darkroom. There will also be classes where the students will print with the instructors there to answer questions and guide them. Mid Level Darkroom

The Mid Level Darkroom Course is a continuation of the Introductory Darkroom Course and for those who have more experience and do not need the entry level course. This class will mostly focus on printing techniques and exploring the photographic image as part of a series. A brief tutorial will be provided during the first class to refresh all of the students’ memories, but students are expected to have a working knowledge of the ins and outs of darkroom printing and film processing. This class is geared towards students who wish to hone their printing and general photography class. There is no guiding principle and students may use negatives already shot or produce new ones of the class. The class fee includes use of the facilities and paper and film. Advanced Level Darkroom

The Advanced Level Darkroom Course is a continuation of the Mid Level Darkroom course and is geared at helping the students perfect skills in their particular areas of interest. This class is designed for students who have taken the Mid Level Course or have extensive knowledge of the ins and outs of the darkroom. Instructors will be on hand to consult with the students regarding their work and techniques. This class will again mostly focus on in class printing sessions, but the students will have the opportunity to talk with instructors one-on-one about their work and their ideas. The class will also look at the work the students produce and engage in a critique session.

Free Printing with Instructor

The Printing Sessions with Instructor will be offered several times a month and are designed to either refresh a student’s memory of the printing processes or help hone in on the skill set. These are not for students who have had no or little experience with the darkroom. These times are great for students who have specific questions about their technique and need assistance in reaching the next level.

Alternative Process Workshops

The darkroom will also offer a variety of alternative process workshops. The workshops will focus on a specific process, which will be taught to the students. These workshops will vary and will be a shorter duration than the courses offered. Examples of workshops offered would be a cyanotype workshop, pinhole photography workshop, a photography book workshop, lith printing workshop, among others. Some of the workshops would require previous knowledge of traditional black and white photography processes. For those who have no prior experience you will need to take the Introductory Course to prepare for these workshops.

Experimental Instant Film and Transfer Workshop

Taught by Impossible Project peeps Jonathan Campolo and Josie Keefe. A weekend workshop that will explore the many possibilities of instant film and transfers.

History of Photography Class

We have two History of Photography Classes lined up for 2013 one covering The History of Photography from the 80's - Today taught by J.M. Giordano and a History of Photography from 1840 - Today by Liz Donadio.

Please help us by continuing to spread the word. We're so excited to get the Current Space Community Darkroom up and running and couldn't have done it without you!

ABOUT THE CURRENT SPACE COMMUNITY DARKROOM

The Current Space Community Darkroom's mission is to provide a space for photographers to continue doing traditional black and white photography and also introduce the wonders of black and white photography to individuals who are interested in learning but have never had access to a darkroom before. The community darkroom will offer open hours to patrons and a variety of classes taught by local photographers. We will have courses and workshops on alternative processes, photo history, introductory darkroom and advanced printing. The Current Space Darkroom will also have a photo club and a photo related lecture series.

The darkroom consists of 6 enlarger stations with capabilities of printing up to 11x14" using negatives from 35mm to 4x5". There is also a film processing room outfitted with all the necessary equipment to develop film from 35mm to 4x5", all you need is to bring your own film.

Memberships to the darkroom are available in hourly and monthly rates. During the year there will membership exhibitions in the in the Current Space Gallery.

Funds raised through this kickstarter will be used towards electrical, building materials, and any remaining equipment needed for operation.

Current Space is an artist-run gallery, studio, and a headquarters for cultural production, nourishing an ongoing dialogue between artists, activists, performers, designers, curators, and thinkers. Operating since November 2004, we are committed to showcasing, developing, and broadening the reach of artists locally and internationally.

In its eight years of operation Current Space has put together over 250 events including art exhibits, music shows, lectures, plays, performances, book signings and film screenings.

Current Space's facilities include nine artist studios, one music practice room, a gallery, project room and silkscreen studio.

Press: Cover of the Arts & Entertainment section of The Baltimore Sun, January 6th, 2013

Audio by: Ginevra Shay
Video by: Jules Hamann
Music by: Chester Gwazda

ABOUT THE REWARDS:

PHOTOGRAPHS:

Arial image of Burning Man by photographer and Associate Dean of MICA Alex Heilner
Arial image of Burning Man by photographer and Associate Dean of MICA Alex Heilner
"Grills" by Baltimore photographer and Dope Body front-man Andrew Laumann
"Grills" by Baltimore photographer and Dope Body front-man Andrew Laumann
"I woke up and found these green eyes staring at me. I freaked out a little." by photographer and curator Michelle Gomez
"I woke up and found these green eyes staring at me. I freaked out a little." by photographer and curator Michelle Gomez
"St. Patty's Day" by Baltimore photographer Tim Castlen
"St. Patty's Day" by Baltimore photographer Tim Castlen
A beautiful gelatin silver photograph printed by the photographer and MICA professor Lynn Silverman
A beautiful gelatin silver photograph printed by the photographer and MICA professor Lynn Silverman
Photo from "Nowhere More Familiar" series by photographer Kim Llerena
Photo from "Nowhere More Familiar" series by photographer Kim Llerena
by Baltimore photographer John Zimmerman
by Baltimore photographer John Zimmerman
by Current Space member and photographer Kyle Tata
by Current Space member and photographer Kyle Tata
by Baltimore photographer Patrick Joust
by Baltimore photographer Patrick Joust
by Baltimore photographer and future Current Space lecturer J.M. Giordano
by Baltimore photographer and future Current Space lecturer J.M. Giordano
by Baltimore photo-journalist Josh Sisk
by Baltimore photo-journalist Josh Sisk
Gelatin Silver Photograph by Current Space Community Darkroom co-founder and MICA MFA candidate Patrick Galluzzo
Gelatin Silver Photograph by Current Space Community Darkroom co-founder and MICA MFA candidate Patrick Galluzzo
Gelatin Silver Photograph by Current Space Community Darkroom Founder and Manger Ginevra Shay
Gelatin Silver Photograph by Current Space Community Darkroom Founder and Manger Ginevra Shay

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Our biggest challenge will be completing the build out the darkroom and finalizing the plumbing and electrical. We already have trusted and skilled carpenters, electricians, and plumbers ready for the finishing touches!

Another challenge we're facing is providing programing, classes and workshops that folks are interested in taking. We initiated a "Darkroom Survey" on our website six months ago and have received feedback from nearly 100 people. This information helped shape our hourly and monthly rate, workshop and class fees, volunteer and darkroom monitor programs as well as a photo club and exhibition plans.

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