35mm Black and White Film Photography

Develop your own photos, explore alternative processes, and make your ideas come to life in the world of Photography.

  • 35mm Black and White Film Photography with SLR manual cameras
  • Fully-Equipped Darkrooms for Developing and Printing
  • Develop technical skills including composition, aperture, and alternative processes
  • Exhibit work in a formal gallery show each session


Photography Majors

Campers in the Photography program start by learning how their cameras work, and how to load film. They study composition, subject, and lighting, and shoot photos using new knowledge of f-stops and shutterspeed. Campers develop their film and make prints in one of two darkrooms on camp. They also participate in informal class critiques and learn about the history of photography.

Major Classes
  • Photography and Independant Study Photography

Photography Minors 

The Photography department updates Minor class lists every year, to support the interests and strengths of our expert instructors. 

Examples of Past Minor Classes
  • Alternative Process Photography, Portraiture/Fashion Photography, Mixed Media Photography, and Photojournalism

Camera Requirements

Most campers bring their own camera, maybe one they have already, or can borrow from a family member. It is important that the camera is a 35mm camera with manual focus, exposure, loading, advance, and rewind. If you want to invest in a camera for your camper, we recommend a specific camera, which you can buy new or used: the Nikon FM10 35mm SLR Camera with 35-70mm Lens. We also have cameras at camp, which we loadn to campers in the program who do not bring their own.

Click here to find more details about this camera.

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