This section is devoted to traditional darkroom technique. For black and white photographers, the darkroom is the site of at least half the action. What shade of gray do you want your subject’s face to be? This is the kind of artistic decision that a commercial lab technician can’t make for you. Even if you have found a good lab, doing the darkroom work yourself means that you’ll get much faster turnaround on experiments. Darkroom


Portrait of Charles Goodman, date unknown. Photograph by Mosher, Charles Delevan.

I’m fond of this pic for how its framed. Maybe it was cropped in the darkroom this way. Portraits done with a square ratio, such as 6×6 from 120 medium format film, are nice. But this provides a little bit more information. Hmmm.