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Upcoming Workshop:
The Sustainable Darkroom Workshop in Creative Alternative Photographic Processes.

The workshop is facilitated by Hannah Fletcher of the Sustainable Darkroom and hosted The Slow Camera Exchange

When: 16 & 17 September 2023​
Where: Sample Studios, Churchfield Industrial Estate,
Churchfield Ave, Co. Cork, T23 XV50

Who is it for?


This workshop is for artists who have interest in developing skills in alternative photographic processes. We are particularly interested in supporting facilitators to attend who may be able to share and use these practices in their work in communities

The workshop is limited to 11 people on day 1 (16th Sep) and 8 people on day 2 (17th Sep) 

Workshop Day Breakdown:

Chlorophyll Printing / Anthotypes / Phytograms  (Sept 16th)

Pinhole paper positives with waste developer / Printing with Seaweed (Sept 17th )

How do I book?

Please book your spot through the Eventbrite links below.

You can attend one or both days and need to register for each.

September 16th : Eventbrite

September 17th : Eventbrite

How Much does it cost?

This workshop is free of charge supported by the Creative Ireland, Cork City Library service and Cork Film Centre.

Find out more about each of these processes and the people and projects involved.


Chlorophyll Printing 


Using freshly foraged leaves and strong sunlight to generate a pigment change and create photographic images onto leaf surfaces.



This workshop uses locally bought vegetables or foraged plant matter to produce light sensitive emulsions, which become the photographic surface - no chemicals required.


This technique uses the internal chemistry of plants for the creation of images on photographic emulsion. It is a form of contact printing which can be done onto black & white photographic paper, still film or motion picture film. We will use small weeds and local plants from the area.

Pinhole paper positives with waste developer


This workshop uses recycled materials to make miniature pinhole cameras. These are then used to produce positive photographs developed in a low toxicity developer made from discarded or waste materials.

Printing with Seaweed


In this workshop we will forage for washed up seaweed on the local beaches of Hove. You will then learn how to make a low toxicity seaweed based developer, before using it in the darkroom to make cameraless prints of various species and samples of local seaweeds and algaes.



About The Sustainable Darkroom

The Sustainable Darkroom is an artist-run research, training and mutual learning programme. It aims to help equip cultural practitioners with new skills and knowledge to develop environmentally friendly photographic darkroom practices. Though linked to physical spaces and places, The Sustainable Darkroom is not defined by a location on the map, we have no walls, sinks or red lights. But, we are an ethos, a way of thinking and of understanding. We are an uprising; a radical reformation.

Taking form in publications, residencies, workshops, talks, symposiums, training sessions, gardens and more. We intend to help build a community to empower each other, and challenge some of the environmental impacts of darkroom practices.

Founded by Hannah Fletcher 2019, The Sustainable Darkroom is now run by Hannah Fletcher, Alice Cazenave and Edd Carr. The Sustainable  Darkroom was born out of a need for collective community action and out of a desire to ignite change. 

About Hannah Fletcher

Hannah Fletcher is an artist, working with cameraless photographic processes, founder of The Sustainable Darkroom, Co-director of London Alternative Photography Collective and a facilitator of sustainability within the arts.

Hannah Fletcher works with and researches the many intricate relationships between photographic and not-so photographic materials. Intertwining organic matter such as soils, algae, mushrooms and roots into photographic mediums and surfaces. Fletcher questions the life cycle and value of materials by incorporating waste from her studio and workshops back into the system of making. Working in an investigative, ritualistic and environmentally conscious manner, she combines scientific techniques with photographic processes, creating dialogue and fusions between the poetic and political.


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