Upcoming Programs

Dallas Center for PhotographyΒ  Darkroom Fundamentals | Thursdays, May 11, 18, & 25| 6:00 – 9:00 PM

Photography can be so much more hands-on than pixels trapped behind a glass screen. Liberate your images into the real world! You’ll learn to capture images on a film camera, process film, and print your own black-and-white images in a traditional darkroom facility. Using chemistry and light, you’ll create unique prints entirely handmade by you.

This three-part, all-supplies-included introduction to black-and-white film processing is for new and returning analog enthusiasts!

*This course is for ages 16 and up. 

Part One – Film Photo Walk

Thursday, May 11 from 6-9pmΒ at the South Dallas Cultural Center

  • This three-hour class begins at South Dallas Cultural Center with an introduction to the history of film photography, followed by technical instructions for loading film and operating a reusable film camera. Once everyone is familiar with the equipment, the class is led by DCP’s instructor on an outdoor photo walk. Participants will leave the class having shot an entire roll of film and developed a new appreciation and skill for analog photography.

Part Two – Processing
Thursday, May 18  from 6-9pm
 at Dallas Center for Photography

  • During this three-hour class in DCP’s darkroom, students hand process their shot roll of film from the first class using traditional black-and-white darkroom chemistry and techniques, bringing the latent image into view. Participants walk away with their own fully processed film negatives and a newfound skill in traditional film processing.

Part Three – Printing 
Thursday, May 25 from 6-9pm
 at Dallas Center for Photography

  • This three-hour class in DCP’s darkroom has students take their processed film negatives from the previous lesson and handprint 8Γ—10 inch positive images utilizing traditional darkroom equipment. Students leave class with 2-5 prints hand-made by them, as well as an understanding of the full analog image-making process and an appreciation for the long history behind the medium.

Actual Footage of Me

April 7 – May 27 | Opening Reception: Friday, April 7 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | South Dallas Cultural Center

Actual Footage of Me is a vibrant and playful collection that features some of the most beloved artworks by Dallas-based Illustrator and Fiber Artist Niki Dionne. The exhibition showcases Niki’s unique artistic vision and explores themes of self-discovery and identity as a black woman.

As visitors enter the show, they will be immediately drawn into Niki’s world, where they will encounter a variety of faceless black women brought to life through different mediums such as fiber, oil pastels, and digital illustration. The exhibition space will be filled with Niki’s signature illustration style and textures that create a captivating visual experience.

This exhibition is free and open for public viewing from April 7 – May 27, 2023. An opening reception will be held Friday, April 7 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the South Dallas Cultural Center.

Trinity River Audubon Center Photo Walk | Saturday, May 20

Grab your camera and take part in our photo walk with the Dallas Center for Photography at the Trinity River Audubon Center!

We invite you to hang out with fellow photographers and trade tips, tricks, and tales as you photograph your way around the center. All ages, skill levels, and camera types are welcome to participate. This two hour, in-person walk will blend both instructor lead touring and independent exploration of the Trinity River Audubon Center.

A Dallas Center for Photography instructor will be there to answer questions, offer suggestions, and give feedback on photos. After the photo walk, the instructor will host an in-person photo review, providing supportive group feedback and insight into your own and others’ photography.

This event is free with registration.

SDCC Music Lounge powered by Sofar Sounds | April 20 & May 26 | South Dallas Cultural Center

Attention live music lovers! We’re partnering with Sofar Sounds April and May to bring an immersive live music experience to our space. And don’t forget – B.Y.O.B.!

Art Collecting Workshop: Learn the Basics

Friday, April 21 | 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | South Dallas Cultural Center

Do you purchase art? Are you interested in collecting art? Want to know the basics of managing an art collection? Join South Dallas Cultural Center Manager, John Spriggins and Art Lawyer Sammetria Goodson of Goodson Law PLLC, for a workshop on the basics of how to look at art, how to assemble and protect your art collection, legal considerations for art collectors, and best practices for art collection stewardship.

The workshop is free and open to all ages.

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