About Hart House Camera Club Workshops and Classes
Join the Hart House Camera Club in 2023-24 for an exciting array of workshops and classes designed to enhance your photography skills. Immerse yourself in the captivating world of analog black-and-white photography with our Darkroom workshops, where you'll learn the art of developing and printing your own film. From mastering the techniques of exposure and composition to exploring advanced editing software, our diverse range of classes offers something for photographers of all levels. Led by experienced instructors and held in a supportive and creative environment, these workshops and classes at the Hart House Camera Club are the perfect opportunity to expand your photographic horizons and unleash your artistic vision.
About the Course
This course introduces basic darkroom procedures: developing black and white negative film and printing photographs from negatives. You will learn various techniques to enlarge and control the quality of prints with time to develop your photographs.
Each week's lesson includes a short orientation and supervised time in the darkroom. On day one, we will focus on the basics of developing; on day two, we will focus on the basics of printing; and on day three, we will explore advanced printing methods.
February 15, 22, and 29, 2024
Once you register, pick up a roll of film from the Hart House Hub/Info Desk. Use this roll to take photographs you will develop and print during the workshop. This will take a couple of days - give yourself enough time. You are welcome to bring your exposed roll of black and white film as well, and if there is time, the instructor will work with you on it. You will receive 25 sheets of print paper on day one of the workshop. All other materials and equipment will be provided.
Meet Masoud, an artist with over a decade of experience in documentary work and portrait photography. He is also an award-winning film maker and an experienced film editor. As part of his photography-based residency, he will conduct workshops on advances in the development of photographic practices. Additionally, his images, which offer fresh and distinctive insights on having recently navigated a new culture, will be showcased in April. Through an innovative darkroom printing technique called “uneven development,” Masoud will create an unforgettable series of black-and-white photographs that depict the feelings of migrants while adjusting to their new lives ‒ their journey, their losses and successes, their grief and happiness. Notably, his photograph, “Terror,” won the K.B. Jackson Award in Portraiture in the Hart House Camera Club’s 97th Exhibition in 2019.
Masoud Riyazati is a multidisciplinary artist who draws inspiration from his life journey and brings lived experiences into his photography, films, and music. He was born in Iran and moved to Canada in his late twenties. Later, he applied to the University of Toronto, where he is finishing his Anthropology and Visual Arts degrees. Throughout his studies, he has been active in the art community, producing award-winning photography and experimental film.
In 2019, Masoud travelled to Turkey to interview refugee families struggling to care for their ill children as part of a campaign to amplify their voices. He is currently a Hart House Artist in Residency, working on a photo essay exploring the emotional effects of migration and finding one's place in the world.
Photo by Sunny Kooner.