Photography: Alternative Processes

Course Description

Delve into the captivating world of alternative darkroom photography in this hands-on course that goes beyond the conventional and explores the artistry of alternative processes. Designed for beginners and experienced photographers, this class offers a unique opportunity to explore the intersection of digital media and alternative photographic methods. Participants will learn the fundamentals of darkroom setup, and black and white print development through the practice of creating Photograms. We will also learn how to make Lumen Prints and Cyanotypes, two processes ideal for long summer days.

The highlight of this course lies in the ability to continue to create experimental work long after our time together ends. Many experimental approaches to photography can be practiced at home without needing a darkroom! Learning these methods will add a layer of creativity and individuality to your photographic prints, allowing for the development of truly unique and personalized artworks.

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  • Ages

    Ages 13-100
  • Dates

    Session 1: Monday, June 10 - Thursday, June 14 (10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)


    Session 2: Monday, June 24 - Thursday, June 28 (10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
  • Cost


    (A lot of materials are required for experimental work; mistakes are unavoidable and part of refining a new skill.)

    Class must meet minimum enrollment of 5 to run
  • Location

    The Photo Lab in Morgan Hall at Trinity Episcopal School
  • Materials

    Most materials and equipment will be provided by the instructor and included in the course fee. A list of additional materials to bring from home will be emailed out a week before the start of the class. I will ask you to bring in objects of personal interest that you would like to use in your work.
  • Instructor

    Tom Condon, 

About the Instructor

Tom Condon holds a BFA in Painting from Virginia Tech and an MFA in Photography and Film from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCUarts). His artwork has been exhibited internationally and featured in prestigious international art fairs and competitions. He has been awarded artist grants from the Chautauqua School of the Arts and the Vermont Studio Center and a professional fellowship in printmaking from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. As a Teaching Artist, he has held positions as an Adjunct Instructor for VCUarts & University of Northern Vermont and a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Richmond. Currently, Tom teaches Photography at Trinity Episcopal School in Richmond, Virginia.

Trinity Episcopal School

3850 PITTAWAY DR | RICHMOND VA 23235-1099 | Phone: 804.272.5864 | Fax: 804.272.5865 Email: