I had two great darkroom photography groups this semester (2 out of 3). As I fear the demise of this darkroom I’ve been teaching in for 7 years, I celebrate what kind of educational, emotional and artistic work space it has been. Seen is a preliminary 8×10 print from Nathan. He then moved on to print a 16×20 image of the same negative seen in the developer tray. I gave these two groups of beginning photo students the name Darkroom Dames, one dude included. A darkroom is a communal work space that cooperates with also being a very private place to pause, think, evaluate. It’s this dynamic interchange that in part makes it allow for plumbing deeper photographic understandings in a shorter time frame than a digital studio (set up like digital typing labs in almost all higher education fine arts departments… which doesn’t help the cause).