Daniel A. Sheridan
Drummer ~ Darkroom Technician ~ Photographer & Editor
  • The Last Darkroom Technician
  • The First Darkroom Technicians
  • The First Darkroom Technicians
  • Ansel Adams
  • Ansel Adams
  • The Last Darkroom Technician Part II

The Last Darkroom Technician

A Darkroom Blog

by Daniel A. Sheridan

 

Darkroom

The Last Darkroom Technician - (Part I)

March 1, 2017: A trip to Disney World, my first vacation in nine years. I grudgingly heed my wife’s advice — Dan, take a walk with Katie. The work horse stops a moment to take the blinders off, and enjoy life for a moment or two, to admire the art deco architecture at Hollywood Studios. I stop dead in my tracks at The Darkroom...

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Darkroom

The Last Darkroom Technician - (Part II)

March 1, 2017: Taking a photograph of The Darkroom at Disney World, I thought about that day at The Needham Times in 1994. Dave Rains sat at his office desk – just outside the darkroom – reading a newspaper. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw none other than David Handschuh from the NY Daily News on the cover...

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Darkroom

Chapter 8 - In the Darkroom (Excerpt)

In the faint orange glow of the safelight, unsure of my surroundings, I call out like a little kid, scared of the dark. “Duke, where are you?”
“Over here,” he says. “The safelight is still warming up.” Dangling overhead is the Thomas Duplex Super Safelight, the best in the profession, weighing over 20 pounds...

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Sean

The First Darkroom Technicians (Part I)

Sept 6, 2011: Last night I read, The Camera and the Pencil or The Heliographic Art, by Marcus Aurelius Root, published in 1864. This is considered to be one of the first books on the history of photography. I learned that many of the early pioneers in photography lived on Staten Island and took the ferry over to York...

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Sean

The First Darkroom Technicians (Part II)

June 28, 2010: As I jot down notes to the Timothy O’Sullivan book by James D. Horan, I thought about the early pioneers of photography who lived on Staten Island: John William Draper, Chilton, Mathew Brady, and Tim. Horan describes a poignant scene: "one of the first news stories about photography ever published..."

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Drop-out

Chapter 8 - In the Darkroom (Excerpt)

This was the summer of 1977. In the autumn of that year, a TV show came on the air, James at 15, it was my favorite at the time. James had a red light bulb hanging in his darkroom as he developed prints. Then he would put on his down winter coat and go out on assignment with his SLR on the Freedom Trail in Boston...

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Ansel

Ansel Adams - Photographer

I think back to that documentary I saw in 1982 about Ansel Adams. Sturdy legs to a tripod with spikes at the tip dig down in the soil. Latches unhook to a white metal trunk as he pulls out his wooden 8x10 view camera then expands the bellows. Before him is Yosemite Valley...

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Ansel

Ansel Adams - A Darkroom Technician

I found a 1958 documentary about Ansel Adams, written by Nancy Newhall, and narrated by Beaumont Newhall. I studied Ansel’s two books, The Negative and The Print. He was a gifted piano player who considered the negative to be the score while the print was the performance...

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Ansel

Ansel Adams - A Darkroom Technician

Narrated by his son, Michael Adams, this documentary illustrates the difference between straight printing and custom printing — the reason why Ansel Adams is equally known as a landscape artist and as a darkroom technician. He brought out his work in the darkroom...

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