A Light in the Dark – Regional High Shools Dark Room Photography Exhibit Opening


Sat, Apr 1, 2023    
9:00 am-5:00 pm


Kingston, NY
1 FakeStreetNameSoCheckDetail, Kingston, NY, 12401

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A Showcase of High School Darkroom Photographers are excited to present a comprehensive exhibit of black and white photographs created by local Ulster County high school students. All images in this show
were created in the darkroom without any digital manipulation.
Four high school art educators have prepared this show from work submitted by students
currently studying darkroom techniques. Debra Tampone, Art Teacher at Kingston High School
has organized a beautiful show along with the following art teachers: Jennifer Wentland from
Onteora High School, Todd Martin from New Paltz High School and Whitney Burns from
Rondout High School. This exhibit has experienced 11 years of success and for the past 5 years
has been a juried show which expresses the value of high school student works in

Amidst our fast paced, digitally overloaded world, the fine art of developing film in the
darkroom is on the brink of extinction. However, despite such forces as Photoshop, area high
school students who have discovered the darkroom are developing their artistic voices through
this traditional 19 th century process. Translating the image in the darkroom with chemicals and
light brings the artist closer to the spirit of photography as it was originally experienced. This
back-to-basics hands on process demands more commitment and involvement hence there is a
greater connection and more meaning to the work. The excitement of ‘pulling their first’ print
has enough impact to drive students to explore all the capabilities of this time-honored
traditional process and has produced a new generation of photographers who value the power of darkroom photography


Location is :

Mid Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union

89 Mill Hill Road

Woodstock, NY 12498