Sign up for our Wednesday evening Darkroom Workshop

New classes are forming !!

Wednesday nights,

Beginning March 28th 2018 at 6:30pm

with 8 weeks of access to the darkroom

The summer 2018 class schedule has not been released yet


We have a comfortable Darkroom with 10 enlargers and a separate darkroom to develop film, conveniently on Briarcliff Road in Atlanta.  Help is available to refresh your memory or guide you with darkroom use for the first time.

You are welcome to call David with questions or to set up a preview of our facilities... 404 664 4213. You can send questions to

Also you can preview Callanwolde's full class offerings on their website, or register for our Wednesday night workshops.

Darkroom Photography classes are available for beginners to Photography or more experienced enthusiasts.




Atlanta Darkroom Workshops, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center


Callanwolde Fine Arts Center Darkroom, 2nd Floor Carriage House


Enroll in our Wednesday night workshops. Develop from film, and print in the Callanwolde Darkroom; including toning and with fine art papers. Participants gain additional access to our darkroom, outside of class time, to work on individual projects. We are looking for enough interested people to hold a lith printing workshop.

Our craft approach helps participants to translate their vision, observations, and cultural experience, into objects of art. Check us out at

Contact David Damon with questions at, or 404.664.4213. Register at

This shot of The Brooklyn Bridge was taken on Fuji Acros film and printed on Foma Variant 111 fiber-based paper. The Decatur Old School print is a lith print and gold toned.

We have an upcoming workshop on the Sabbatier effect (print solarization). We recommend for supplies.

Open House Oct 04 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Callanwolde Fine Arts Center Darkroom, 2nd Floor Carriage House

980 Briarcliff Rd NE
2nd Floor of Carriage house
Atlanta, GA 30306
Google Maps
(404) 664-4213




Past notable events


Sweet Melissa's

Featuring work by: Beth Damon

Beth's Black and White Prints, about 20% of her exhibition, were printed in the Callanwolde Darkroom

Images taken in October and November 2016 while in western Cuba, including Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Santa Clara, Playa Girón (Bay of Pigs), Havana, and San Francisco de Paula. Color images were captured digitally, while the black & white prints were recorded on 35mm film and printed in the Callanwolde darkroom by David Damon.

The exhibit reflects Cuba's rich and storied history and heritage through a look at the daily life of Cubans of all walks of life -- artisans, dancers, musicians, university professors, restaurateurs, small business owners, workers, taxi drivers, etc. This is an inside look at Cuba not often portrayed in our media. With its high educational standards, affordable healthcare provided to all, and tradition of Afro-Cuban jazz, the essence of Cuba goes beyond its beautiful beaches, delicious food and drinks, and baseball. Cubans are proud of their country, and the exhibit gives you a feel for their lives.

For the full exhibit, stroll between two great restaurant locations in the heart of Decatur: SWEET MELISSA'S, right in the Decatur square, 404-370-1111, every day 9 a.m. to 2pm, and CALLE LATINA, next to the Decatur MARTA station, 406 Church St., every day, noon to 10pm. Opening reception Sunday, October 1, 3-5 p.m., at Calle Latina - cash bar & food.

Exhibition Sep 29 - Nov 01

Sweet Melissa's

127 E Court Square
Decatur, GA 30030
Google Maps
(404) 370-1111

Monday-Sunday every day, 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Artist's Reception Oct 01 03:00 pm - 05:00 pm

Calle Latina

406 Church St
Decatur, GA 30030
Google Maps
(404) 378-0020

Monday-Sunday, noon to 10pm



We can also help you master new darkroom techniques and then provide you with out of class access to our Atlanta darkroom, to work on individual projects.

Are you looking for a place in Atlanta to use a real darkroom?  Are you involved in film Photography?  Would you like to make real Black and White photographic Prints from film in Atlanta? Would you like to meet a community of film Photographers?

Our Atlanta Darkroom is a great place to print and prepare black and white prints from film.

As you peruse the other pages on this website, you can see many of the varied processes that will enhance the look of your black and white prints in an Atlanta Darkroom.

Many Photographers are finding that having digital Photographic skills works very well in conjunction with Vintage film Photography skills.

When you shoot your friends, families, or weddings on film , you achieve a beautiful look available no other way. The negatives can still be scanned and printed digitally. The Photography Dept. at the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center is the best place in Atlanta to enjoy access to a photographic Darkroom.


This is a review of the Callanwolde Fine Arts Atlanta Darkroom classes from Yelp:

This review pertains to the darkroom photography course with David --I came to Callanwolde after spending about five years learning digital photography.  The more I learned about digital, the more I wanted to get back to photography as an art form.  After two quarters of his darkroom black and white photography course, I feel like I am experiencing photography the way it was meant to be learned and enjoyed.  It is a process, and David has taught me so much about making photos rather than just taking them.  He is dedicated to the art form, teaching the proper process for handling the chemicals and taking care of the darkroom equipment.  I also appreciate that Callanwolde allows plenty of access to the darkroom outside of class time.

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Wendy Phillips

I have been a student at the Callanwolde Darkroom for more than ten (10) years. I find the darkroom well equipped, spacious, and that it is available to me for my work six (6) days a week is a significant asset for me. David, my teacher is extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of darkroom processes. I am especially grateful for his help with traditional and alternative process photography, which is my passion. I am thankful that I have been able to print my work for exhibitions there and that there is a great community of folks who are also passionate about photography there too.

Callanwolde photographic darkrooms are located in Atlanta at 980 Briarcliff Road NE Atlanta Georgia 30306 on the second floor of the Carriage house ( behind the main house)


Photography has strongly attracted people with artistic vision, since its invention approximately 170 years ago.

Photographic artists express themselves,  while mastering a clear set of procedures, often acquired in a year or two, and are empowered to express their ideas and emotions, leapfrogging over the years of honing hand skills, that are required in many other disciplines.

Most of our photography students enjoy documenting family life and personal projects, creating craft pieces from iconic images that they encounter.

Many others are accomplished Atlanta artists using our darkrooms, and receiving technical help and a supportive environment, to bring traditional photography into their art exhibitions and skill sets.

Our darkroom courses elucidate traditional photographic methods.  Participants utilize black and white film,and traditional photographic paper in our Atlanta darkrooms.

We have a full working darkroom which hosts from 1 to 10 photographers at a time and offers Atlanta's most comprehensive knowledge bank of darkroom toning instruction.

The list of toning procedures includes Lith printing , Sepia toning, Gold Toning, Selenium Toning, and Metallic toning, including blue and copper color ranges.   Bleaching back prints allows you a second chance to toggle your print effects back and forth.

 Fiber-based papers allow you to create archival prints, which may last up to 100 years or more and choose from a variety looks and styles.

No one comes to Callanwolde only to draw, to paint, to sing, or to dance; they come to enrich their lives and families. Set aside the stresses of life.   Being in the darkroom renews your spirit. Come to Callanwolde - Renew your life!    Sign up today!

 From Ode on a Grecian Urn, Keats 

"Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all

  Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know."

What is a Darkroom ?

A darkroom is a workshop used by photographers working with photographic film to process film and make photographic prints on specially sensitized paper.  Properly processed fiber based papers can preserve images for 100 years and more.  Most black and white photographic paper can be handled under special "safe lights" ( light at wave lengths that will not expose the ). Various equipment is used in the darkroom, including an enlarger, developing trays and Photographic chemistry.

Photographers often begin printing a roll of film by making a contact print of their negatives to use as a quick reference to decide which images to enlarge.

The paper that has been exposed is processed in a easily learned multistep process including photographic developer, stop bath, and fixing in a photographic fixer. Last, the print is washed to remove the processing chemicals and dried.  At this point the print can receive additional baths to make it more archival or to change the mood with a toning bath.



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