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The Roman Darkroom

Rated 4.93 out of 5 from 41 reviews.Rome, Italy

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Experience hosted by Laura Norcia

2 hours
Includes drinks, equipment
Up to 5 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Learn a new skill & hand print your IPhone photo of Rome

Developing a picture in a darkroom is a timeless experience that everyone should try at least once in their lifetime. There is a feeling you get when you first see an image appear on a once blank sheet of photo paper that is so magical.

In this workshop go beyond the digital world and step back in time to where the origins of photography began. Discover a new skill as I introduce you to the photographic process and participate in making an actual black and white photograph from images stored in your IPhone or smartphone.

I will guide you step by step in my darkroom how to hand print like a master photographer. Watch your image come to life right before your very eyes. Take back apart of Rome that defines your experience, a memory to last a lifetime.

“You don't take a photograph, you make it!" Ansel Adam
Learn a new skill & hand print your IPhone photo of Rome

Developing a picture in a darkroom is a timeless experience that everyone should try at least once in their lifetime. There is a feeling you get when you first see an image appear on a once blank sheet of photo paper that is so magical.

In this workshop go beyond the digital world and step back in time to where the origins of photography began. Discover a new skill as I introduce you to the photographic process and participate in making an actual black and white photograph from images stored in your IPhone or smartphone.

I will guide…

Laura Norcia's commitment to safety

This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19-related safety and cleaning guidelines—including adhering to social distancing guidelines, practicing good hygiene, and ensuring that all participants wear a mask.

What's included

  • Drinks
    Splash of Prosecco
  • Equipment
    Take home (1) 8x10 black and white photogrpah of Rome that you will hand pr...
From $82
/ person
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Meet your host, Laura Norcia

Host on Airbnb since 2012
  • 41 Reviews
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I relocated to Rome to pursue my career as a freelance photographer. I earned a BFA in Photography in New York City, where I mastered my skills in black and white printing for over 30 years. I continue to shoot in film and have dedicated myself to the origins of the photographic process. I exhibit my silver gelatin prints in galleries in New York, Los Angeles and abroad. As a custodian to analog techniques, my passion is to preserve old world traditions allowing me to cultivate this darkroom experience with you.
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Where you'll be

The workshop will take place at my Studio where my darkroom is set up. Bring along your Iphone or smart phone

Rated 4.93 out of 5 from 41 reviews.

Margaret
March 2018
My experience with Laura changed the way I take pictures on vacation. I think we tend to forget about black and white photography because we use so many filters, but Laura shows you how looking at the shot as a black and white changes what you put in the frame and it works so well. I got so much more out of my pictures on my trip after this experience. Laura is excited to show of her city and extremely enthusiastic about black and white photography. I absolutely recommend this experience and I look forward to going on another one with Laura in NYC with her.
My experience with Laura changed the way I take pictures on vacation. I think we tend to forget about black and white photography because we use so many filters, but Laura shows y…
Claire
December 2017
Laura’s enthusiasm, keen eye, and skill in communicating photography tips made this a terrific family Experience. Kids 16 & 19 enjoyed the walking-&-shooting, and developing. Great way to get your tourist photo “eye” in focus for Rome’s architecture, shadows, light, dark, day & night.
Laura’s enthusiasm, keen eye, and skill in communicating photography tips made this a terrific family Experience. Kids 16 & 19 enjoyed the walking-&-shooting, and developing. Great…
Giles
December 2017
I love the concept of a photo walk using your phone, but having it set to black and white. It's quite a difference. And then to go back and make a print using old fashioned baths of fixer... this was surprisingly easy and speedy. It all adds up to a great way to spend a few hours doing something familiar but with a twist.
I love the concept of a photo walk using your phone, but having it set to black and white. It's quite a difference. And then to go back and make a print using old fashioned baths o…
You
December 2017
It was a great day with Laura, we exchanged lots of ideas and i got lots of new ideas of photography from her. Highly recommand!
Ilari
December 2017
If you love photography this is highly recommended experience!! Laura is an expert photographer and She know how to make you fall in love with black and white!
Michael
November 2017
Fantastic experience ! Laura is a real pro, and her enthusiasm of photography is contagious Apart learning a lot, we really enjoyed. Highly recommend

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 5 guests ages 12 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

Alcohol

This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.

More tips

Bring along your Iphone or smart phone. No prior photo expereince necessary. I encourage all levels of photography enthusiats to come and explore. You can print more images for an additional fee.

What to bring

Iphone or smart phone

Makes a great one of a kind gift