Film Photography Darkroom

Faculty of Humanities

Film Photography Darkroom

Working in the Visual Arts Department darkroom (MW143) requires that you complete a darkroom safety and conduct session and complete a safety quiz. This page hosts the following information/resources:

~ Darkroom Safety/Procedure Manual
~ MSDS chemical information
~ a safety quiz you must complete as part of your orientation
~ afterhour darkroom access information

Darkroom Safety/Procedure Manual:

The content of your training session is based on the Visual Arts Department Darkroom Safety/Procedure Manual. This manual outlines all specific processes which you will engage in while working in the darkroom and its main focus is on the use, cleanup and management of photographic chemicals. Students are required to read and be familiar with all of the information in this document in order to work in the darkroom.  

Click HERE to download the Visual Arts Department Darkroom Conduct & Safety Guide.

Material Safety Data Sheets:

All of the chemicals you will use in the darkroom have corresponding Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS sheets) which specify all the pertinent information of each chemical, the various risks of exposure and proper handling procedures. The MSDS sheets are part of the province of Ontario's hazardous materials safety regulations known as the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System. The following links describe the WHMIS system and  to each chemical you will use and you must be familiar with the information of each item:

Click HERE to learn about the Province of Ontario's WHMIS.
Click HERE to visit Brock Health & Safety page.
Click HERE to view the MSDS sheet for Film Developer.
Click HERE to view the MSDS sheet for Paper Developer.
Click HERE to view the MSDS sheet for Stop Bath.
Click HERE to view the MSDS sheet for Fixer.
Click HERE to view the MSDS sheet for Fixer Remover.
Click HERE to view the MSDS sheet for Wetting Agent.

Visual Arts Department Darkroom/Procedure safety quiz:

Click HERE to download the Darkroom/Procedure safety quiz.

After hours access to the darkroom:

Regular daytime access into the darkroom is:
Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 11:00 pm.

After hours and weekend access requires all students to check in with security prior to entering the darkroom.

Michael Dirisio

Departmental Events

Brock University Department of Visual Arts Honours Exhibition (VISA 4F06)
March 26, 2016 - 12:00pm - April 10, 2016 - 5:00pm
Artist Talk: Susan Dobson
March 14, 2016 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm