Photography Darkroom at Mendocino College Coast Center

Markus Pfitzner. Photo credit: Jo C. Mills

Mendocino College is excited to announce that its Coast Center will have a fully functional photographic darkroom, with 13 enlargers, beginning with the Spring 2022 semester. The darkroom will allow everyone from beginning students to photographic artists the ability to work with small and medium format roll film, as well as large format sheet film.  

ART-282, Introduction to Photography, will be instructed by Markus Pfitzner at the Coast Center. Pfitzner is an educator, fine art photographer, Lecturer Emeritus at CSU Sacramento, and a former manager of three professional photography labs. 

“The photographic artists and craftsmen of Mendocino County will finally be able to enlarge their own gallery-quality fiber-based prints using the darkroom’s time-honored archival procedures”, says Pfitzer.

The Coast Center also plans to offer photographic courses in alternative darkroom processes, such as Cyanotype and Vandyke Brown printing, and potentially Large Format Photography, Ansel Adam’s Zone System, and Pinhole Photography.  

The spring semester at Mendocino College begins January 18, registration is now open. For more information, visit or call 707.961.2200. 

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