The College of Art and Design offers state-of-the-art photography labs that allow students to match their work with their artistic vision.
The College of Art and Design Photography facilities—labs, classrooms, shooting studio, student run gallery, and equipment lockup—are located in the lower level of the Lunder Arts Center at 1801 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA.
The Photography Department offers the following:
Our black and white gang darkrooms house 17 4x5” enlargers, both condensers and color diffusion heads. Additionally, there are two 8x10” enlargers capable of printing 40x50” analog prints.
These spaces are designed for optimal black and white film processing. Our roll film processing area has a double-sided sink that can accommodate multiple students at the same time. Sheet film of all formats can be processed in our processing room.
We offer courier pick up and drop off from Color Services for film processing. Fees vary.
A dedicated Alternative Process darkroom with a large sink and ample counter space allows students to explore a large variety of historical processes such as Cyanotype, Vandyke, Gum Bichromate, and Platinum/Palladium. Advanced students also work in wet plate Collodian under direct faculty guidance.
This space is dedicated to advanced digital production. Students have a hands on experience in this Pro-style lab. There is access to high end scanners and wide format printers for professional output.
This lab has the following features:
The darkrooms are staffed by student monitors (photography students in both the BFA and MFA programs) and are overseen by one full-time studio manager, and one part time lab manager. The labs are open to all photography majors, and any student currently enrolled in a photography course.
Monday-Thursday: 8:00 am–11:00 pmFriday: 8:00 am–6:00 pmSaturday: 9:00 am– 5:00 pmSunday: 12:00 –8:00 pm617.349.8017
Brian Unwin- Photography Lab Manager Lauren MacMahon - Photography Lab Assistant Manager
The labs and lockup are open when classes begin and close the last day of undergraduate critiques. Holiday hours may vary; visit the Photo Lockup on Facebook or the Photo Lockup Twitter feed for an up-to-the-minute report.
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