Pop of Black and White

LA’s best darkroom just got mobile

The School of Light was commissioned by global cosmetics brand Lancome to be part of a spectacular 'LA Takeover' to launch one of its new products L'Absolu Lacquer.

The day began at The 60 Hotel, in Beverly Hills, where SoL founder Andrew Hall photographed over 30 influencers and major players in the world of cosmetics on film, before hotfooting it to a Pop Up Darkroom in south LA to process the shots inside a beautifully converted shipping container.

Guests had the opportunity to get involved in the printing process as The School of Light team produced black and white prints of their portraits for them to take away as a hand-crafted souvenir of the event.

The whole event was a resounding success, reminding an internationally gathered group of opinion shapers that film is indeed not dead.

Call us to discuss how we can bring a taste of film photography to your event, business or workspace.

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First Light

2017 was a year of expansion and diversity, with magnificent photography from our talented students, on location, in the studio and in the darkroom.

Our film photography classes challenged students with new classes in Advanced Printing Techniques, Landscape Photography and Alternative Processes, and saw them produce stunning work in our darkroom. Our ever-popular Print Nights have expanded into Print Days, giving double the darkroom time to our avid group of film photography Alumni.

Digital photography students continued to excel in Light Painting and Street Photography, taking advantage of our Workshops and One on One tuition.

From film and digital classes, to a full range of alternative & experimental darkroom processes for all levels, 2018 promises to be our best year ever.

The Process is the Destination

Andrew Hall, founder of The School of Light, created these one of a kind handcrafted silver gelatin prints for an open studio event featuring new works by Avo Tavitian.

Working with the largest available paper size, and using traditional darkroom methods, these stunning prints not only demand attention, but transform the impact of the photographs themselves and fill the gallery space.

Luminous and tactile, these groundbreaking pieces remind the viewer of the powerful possibilities of film.

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Looking back and moving forward.

From sensitive portraits to dramatic landscapes, 2016 was another great year for the photography students at The School of Light, with some truly exceptional work coming out of our studio and darkroom.

2017 will bring all kinds of challenges, but we look forward to more inspiring work from our talented students, as they document the world around them and reflect its changing times.

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