In the Darkroom
story and photos by Emma Sarappo
The ease, speed and ubiquity of digital photography has almost entirely displaced film in the 21st century. However, at Northwestern University, some students are learning the craft and keeping the medium alive. Northwestern’s Intro to Photography class, taught by Professor Pam Bannos, teaches students to shoot, develop and print 35mm format black and white film. Students then use the ARTica darkrooms in the underground level of Norris University Center for developing and printing. Not all of Northwestern’s film photographers are currently enrolled in Intro to Photography, though—after completing the course, many students continue shooting with the equipment and knowledge they acquired in the class, or shoot to branch out from digital photography.