Harwood Art Center provides affordable working space for photographers.

The Harwood Darkroom offers an autonomous working environment for photographers interested in black and white photo processing. The Darkroom is accessible to approved photographers through advanced scheduling, seven days a week, in private 4-hour time blocks. Once approved, photographers are invited and encouraged to use the Darkroom on an ongoing basis; passes can be booked and renewed at any time using our Punchpass Portal.

Please contact Chandler Wigton, Building & Facilities Manager, with any questions via email >

We encourage all artists who have a need or interest to use the darkroom for special projects or ongoing work to complete an application!

Photograph by Meggan Gould of Harwood Art Center’s Darkroom from Gould’s exhibition, “Leaving Their Mark: Studio Practice” at The Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, Massachusetts

Facility, Equipment, Chemistry & Materials

Passes include private use of the Darkroom (300 square feet), four functional enlargers, several safe lights, timers, drying racks, and two sinks, as well as a separate finishing area (130 square feet) with papercutters and a large work table. Chemistry is provided and included in the standard rates. Photographers are responsible for providing their own paper. Limited lockers are available for users who purchase a 12-session pass.

Experience & Requirements

Photographers of all experience levels are welcome to apply to use the Harwood Darkroom. Beginners should plan to take our prerequisite class. Whatever your skill level, please go ahead and complete this application, and we will help register you for the appropriate class or orientation as applicable.


Once an application is approved, Darkroom users will receive access to our Punchpass Portal, where they can purchase and renew Darkroom passes, as well as independently book and manage their usage.


Darkroom sessions are available to approved users on a first come, first served basis, 7 days a week, in private 4-hour time blocks:

• Morning: 8:00a – 12:00p
• Afternoon: 1:00p – 5:00p
• Evening: 6:00p – 10:00p


Darkroom Passes are available in the following amounts, in private 4-hour time blocks; Harwood incentivizes pricing for multiple session users, but single sessions can also be booked for special projects. All passes must be used within 4 months of purchase, and all passes include chemistry:

• Twelve Session Pass: (12) 4-Hour Sessions, $275.00 (=$5.75/hour incl. chemistry)
• Four Session Pass: (4) 4-Hour Sessions, $100.00 (=$6.25/hour incl. chemistry)
• Single Session Full Day Pass: (1) 8-Hour Session, $125.00 (=$15.50/hour incl. chemistry)
• Single Session Half Day Pass: (1) 4-Hour Session, $75.00 (=$18.75/hour incl. chemistry)


*Seniors, currently enrolled students, and recent graduates (within 2 years) receive a 15% discount on passes. Discount code will be provided at time of application approval.


Once a user is approved and their first payment is made, they will be invited to campus for a brief meeting and orientation to the space. Then they will receive independent access to the Darkroom and be able to manage pass renewals through our Punchpass Portal.

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