Photographers, artists and sorcerers!

11 05 2012

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Photography meet up this evening at 5pm (Fri May 11th) in the Camden Palace Hotel. Call in, show your own work, bring a book or work that interests you. Facebook event link.

Sometimes there’s cake!

– Rory


Beginning in the Darkroom

24 04 2012

© Naomi Smith

There’s still places left for the darkroom classes starting on Thursday. From The Dark Room website:

3 week course running Thursdays from 6pm – 8.30pm  €85

Starting Thursday 26th April
Email or call  Naomi on 0860241947 to book , spaces are limited.

Ideal as a starting point or a refresher for those wishing to get back into the darkroom.

Learn how to –

  • Process a film
  • Make a Contact Sheet
  • Use Test Strips to make a Print

To attend you will need to have an exposed roll of traditional process black and white film (not C41) and your own photographic paper.

All Processing Chemicals are provided.
Ilford Hp5 film is currently available for purchase in the darkroom see products page.

If you have any issues getting started with your film feel free to drop in, hours are as follows –

Wed 5 – 8pm
Thurs 5 – 8pm
Fri 5 – 8pm
Sat 11 – 5pm

So Email or call  Naomi on 0860241947 to book – and learn some magic!

– Rory

Photography Meet Up

23 04 2012

© Naomi Smith

Naomi at the Dark Room in Camden Palace Hotel  in Cork is organising a photography meet up on Friday evening on Friday. From the Dark Room website

“… Join us in Camden Palace Hotel on Friday 27th April @ 5pm in the meeting room (lovely bright room upstairs), where we will be looking at books/ work, please feel free to bring your own work or something you find interesting. …”

I’m hoping to be there, followed by a dash out to the Sirius in Cobh for the Sputnik ‘Is(not)’ opening at 7. Yet another evening of great photography in Cork!

– Rory

Looking at Photographs at the Dark Room at Camden Palace Hotel

30 03 2012
© Rory O'Toole

© Rory O'Toole

Last Wednesday the first photography forum / talk was held at the Dark Room at Camden Palace Hotel. It was an informal talk with a panel consisting of photographer Naomi Smith, Jess Jones, Stephen Ahern and painter Grattan Keating. And about 30 people turned up to join in the discussion. Plenty of fun and chat, some agreements, and some disagreements ensued!

Stephen started the discussion by introducing us to the David Kronn exhibition, Out of the Dark Room, which was shown for the past few months at the Lewis Glucksman Gallery here in Cork. Some of the photographs from the exhibition were shown on a projected slideshow, and we discussed the idea of a collection, and curating an exhibition. The discussion moved onto digital culture, and took a slight left tangent into art education, where Grattan Keating was particularly passionate!

In all it was a very enjoyable evening, and followed with a cup of tea or glass of wine at the Camden Palace cafe.

Looking forward to the next one!

– Rory


Looking at Photographs (Camden Palace, Wednesday March 21st)

20 03 2012

© David Goldblatt

Tomorrow night at the Camden Palace Hotel lecture theatre, the Dark room have organised an informal discussion on the subject of looking at photographs. From the Dark room website


“… Four panelists, each having a different relationship with the discipline of photography, will use their diverse responses to the recent exhibition at the Glucksman to prompt debate and discussion.

‘Out of the Dark Room: Works from the David Kronn Collection’

There is an open invitation to attend and participation from the audience is welcome.  …”


This takes place tomorrow, Wednesday March 21st, from 7pm. I’ll be there, looking forward to it. Well done to Naomi for organising it!

– Rory