Welcome to the Photography Area's Resource Page

The Photography Area is located in 212 Dodge Hall and can either be reached through the doorway off of College Walk or by taking the stairs at the back of the LeRoy Neiman Gallery (310 Dodge Hall). The facilities include a gang black and white darkroom with 15 enlargers, black and white film processing area, and a photo finishing area. The Photography Classrooms are located on the first floor of Watson Hall (612 W.115th Street). Lab fees cover the cost of all chemistry and darkroom facilities.


Photography Classes


Full list of classes with course descriptions can be found on the Visual Arts Bulletin.
If a class is listed as full, please put your name on the Wait List for that class: Photography Wait List.


Faculty & Staff


Darkroom Monitors and Hours


During Lab Hours the darkroom is kept open by trained student monitors who mix chemistry, answer student questions, and keep the facility clean and safe. Being a Monitor is the best way to gain access to the darkroom during semesters when you are not taking a photography class. Students interested in being a monitor should contact the Photography Fellow at vaphotofellow@gmail.com.


Darkroom Hours are available at this website: http://bit.ly/darkroomhours


Photography Resources










Social Media

We do communicate updates and photography related news through Facebook and Twitter, and post HOWTO videos to our YouTube channel:
Photography Area on Facebook
Follow@DodgeDarkroom on Twitter

Follow us on Instagram @columbiaphotodept
Subscribe to ColumbiaPhotoDept on YouTube


Frequently Asked Questions


Q: I took Photo in High School/Another School. Can I skip the Photography: Photo I pre-requisite ?

A: No. Our classes are unlike any other class you are likely to have taken.

Q: I have a digital SLR Camera. Can I use it for class ?

A: Digital Documentary Photography and Photography: Advanced Photo III Seminar: YES. Photography: Photo I and Photography: Photo II: NO. We use film cameras exclusively and we make Black and White prints in the Darkroom.

Q: The class I want is listed as Full. What can I do to try and get in the class ?

A: Sign up for the Photo Wait List.

Q: Is there a Photography Major?

A: No, but there may be a Photography Concentration in the near future.


Q: I have a question about classes, cameras, or something photography related. Who can I contact ?

A: Stop by the Photography Office in 212 Dodge Hall during Office Hours.