Private/Advanced Workshops

For all enquiries about our private workshops, please use the form below.

For those who can’t make it to our listed workshop dates, or already have considerable experience with analog photography and want to learn more, we offer private/advanced workshops specifically designed for each customer to cover any particular technique they wish to learn. Our tutors cover everything from the basics to advanced camera, developing and printing techniques. Booking times for private tuition are organised to suit your schedule, and are charged at $115 an hour. We currently have 35mm, 120mm and 4×5 view cameras available for use, as well as 5 enlarger stations ranging from 35mm to 8×10″ (both condenser and colour heads), with a selection of lenses. For all enquiries, please use the contact form above.

    review rating 5  The courses at the Fox Darkroom are something I can't recommend highly enough. The space that has been created here is absolutely stunning and you are made to feel right at home from the second you enter. The beautiful people running this place are what make the whole experience so enjoyable, and exploring the world of darkroom photography kind of magical. You won't want to leave! (especially if they start boosting your ego by putting cool photos of you on the internet). Do yourself a favour and check this place out.

    thumb Ellen Rafferty
    10/22/2014

    review rating 5  The Fox Darkroom is an incredible space and the photography and developing classes are an equally incredible experience. Tom is such a patient and passionate teacher who can cater for people of all abilities and levels of experience. I was lucky enough to do the photography, developing and printing workshops and loved every second. It gave me a true appreciation of photography and the planning, techniques and knowledge that go into producing a beautiful image. It's a far leap from the world of digital cameras and iPhones, but it's a leap worth taking!

    thumb Jordan Capp
    10/23/2014

    review rating 5  Had my fourth Sunday session in the darkroom today. Great place if you're looking for somewhere to print - they'll sell you paper if you need (and you can develop your film as well). Take one of the intro courses and you can be printing your own work 🙂

    thumb David Pattinson
    12/17/2017

    review rating 5  Being in the Fox Darkroom and seeing photos come to life as they go through the printing process is such a surreal experience. Thank you Tom for providing people with a cool space, great workshops and a wonderful photography community. It's so inspirational being surrounded by such creative minds that have extensive knowledge in photography and working with film. Creating photos in the darkroom ignited the child like curiosity in me and I can’t wait to go again and print some more photos. If you love photography, you have to check this place out

    thumb Alexandra Gionis
    11/28/2014

    review rating 5  I was lucky enough to recently be among the first groups attending the Film Photography and Traditional Printing workshops at The Fox Darkroom. The studio space Tom has built here is crying out to be photographed, yet alone the beautiful surrounds of Kensingtons industrial past. The Wool store buildings in which the studio are set are a treasure trove of urban landscapes, still life studies and edgy portraiture back drops. Tom and his friends at The Fox offer a wealth of creative and technical know how shared through friendly and informative workshops. I would challenge anyone with an interest to spend the afternoon at a printing workshop and not be queuing for darkroom membership by the end of the day. Keep up the great work.

    thumb Richard Philp
    11/29/2014

    review rating 5  The Fox Darkroom Hidden in the old Younghusband Woolstores in Kensington - a wonderful building housing every type of creative activity - you will find The Fox Darkroom run by photographer Tom Goldner. Tom provides short courses for those new to analogue photography, or those with prior experience but seeking a process refresh. Introduction to film cameras, developing your own B&W film, and printing and enlarging - the alchemy of the darkroom - are all covered in Tom's courses. The darkroom and equipment are also available for members and others who are seeking access to a well equipped lab to do their own thing! Tom is a wonderful teacher - enthusiastic, knowledgable, sensitive, patient and able to cater for course members with widely varying capabilities, group sizes are kept small allowing for personal teaching and the combination of shooting in a such a photogenic location and then working through the dark room processes in a such a beautiful surrounding is hard to beat! The physical environment at Fox is very special, but it is surpassed by the warmth and welcome and guidance of Tom Goldner! So arrange a time to visit the Fox Darkroom - make time to slow down and think about your photography - have a play with film and developing your own negatives. Very highly recommended. Bruce E

    thumb Bruce Esplin
    1/23/2015

    review rating 5  The Fox Darkroom... what a wonderful escape from our busy city lives.. I was hooked from the moment I walked in the door to find myself face to face with a larger than life lion, and it just got better from there Using B&W film cameras was like taking a step back in time, where every image matters because you only have a few... So you slow down, you consider your subject, the lighting, angle and framing and then, when it's all aligned, you press down on the shutter and hear a satisfying 'click' Tom was an excellent teacher, patient, encouraging, articulate and so very passionate about what he does Having had no previous experience in the dark room I found the developing process fascinating.. From the awesome rotating door, the darkness of the dark room, the detail in the developing process, and seeing your first photo materialise before your eyes, it was magical... By the end of the day I was feeling tired but the process was so addictive that I didn't want to stop, and Tom was there continuing to help me perfect these pictures even though I'm sure he would have been tired too It's been a few months since I experienced the darkroom and reminiscing now makes me want to go back and do it again! I highly recommend The Fox Darkroom and I'll say it again - magical.

    thumb Nicky Andrews
    10/31/2014

    review rating 5  I had a blast at the photography and developing workshop. The class was interesting and extremely hands-on, the darkroom was beautiful and well equipped, and Tom was a lovely, genuine guy with plenty of wisdom to share. I can't wait to go back again and again. And, to top it all off, the course was one of the cheapest of its kind I have ever found. Great value, great atmosphere, and great practical learning. The Fox Darkroom is a fantastic place to go to spend time with like-minded film enthusiasts.

    thumb Bodie Howell
    10/11/2015

    review rating 5  Attended the darkroom basics workshop last weekend and I had a blast. Jake is great to learn from as he is passionate about the topic but also very personable and not condescending like many people teaching basics tend to be. Looking forward to attending more workshops.

    thumb Flavius Aaron Thompson
    12/06/2017

    review rating 5  So friendly and welcoming to everyone who comes through those doors. I keep shooting just to come back for more 🙂

    thumb Alexander Nickolaivich
    11/04/2016

    review rating 5  Just had my first of what I'm sure will be many visits to the darkroom and gallery. It was easy to get to and in a stunning location. The 'All I Had I Gave' exhibition was breathtaking and I cannot wait to get my hands on one of those prints. I definitely recommend visiting the darkroom and gallery. Just beautiful.

    thumb Ellen Wachter
    12/10/2016

    review rating 5  Amazing place ! Have been searching for somewhere to work with and learn about film for years ! The workshop was more than I could have asked for ! Great information, practical application, and an atmosphere oozing with passion for film! I will never see light in the same way 🙂

    thumb Julie Rodgers
    5/16/2015

    review rating 5  Tom is an excellent teacher and the space/the whole building is just divine! Highly recommend

    thumb Zhu Ohmu
    10/22/2014

    review rating 5  I did the printing/developing workshop here and it was so much fun! Tom is a super easy going, lovely guy and a patient teacher. We all lost track of time, it was going so fast - that's how much fun we were having. I definitely recommend this workshop to anyone beginning analogue photography, as this workshop will be priceless in your learning. I cant wait to go back and do the film developing workshop! (p.s this is the backwards order, I recommend taking the film developing workshop first, then develop your prints you made in the printing workshop). I wish I lived in Melbourne to sign up as a member to use this funky darkroom all the time :).

    thumb Jessica Lambert
    2/13/2015

    review rating 5  I am the Cambodian team leader for international workshops. We love the fox darkroom and its people! Love from Siem reap

    thumb Soeuy Nhanh
    11/04/2015

    review rating 5  I did both the Photography Developing and Printing workshops and thoroughly loved them both. The studio is a great set up, in a wonderful old warehouse. Our hosts Tom and Harriet are friendly and relaxed and have great advice and tips to share. They make you feel very welcome, unlike some other workshops I've done where the photographers can be a bit arrogant!! We came away from the 2 workshops with a perfectly developed roll of film and 2 framed prints. I highly recommend these guys to anyone wanting to get back to the basics of photography and there's nothing better than watching your pictures appear in front of your eyes. Thanks Tom and Harriet, can't wait to get back and print some more!

    thumb Karen Field
    7/18/2015

    review rating 5  Recently, I was lucky to experience the pleasure of utilizing the beautiful gallery space that is The Fox Gallery for my book launch and picture exhibition. I was very impressed by the professional and friendly service of Tom and his diligent crew. It was obvious to me that their sole objective was the success of my show. They worked tirelessly to ensure everything looked perfect and ran smoothly. Thank you Tom!!!

    thumb Lisa O'donnell
    6/18/2017

    review rating 5  What a wonderful space to fall in love with the fascinating art of printing your own vision, telling your story. Tom has a warm and nurturing way, he takes you on the journey of learning techniques of developing and printing, while encouraging you to explore and trail new things. I was so inspired after doing the "shoot and develop" workshop I went home and took 2 rolls the very next day! Anyone would love the easy going nature of the workshops - no experience necessary to attend, fun for all!

    thumb Sophie Roberts
    10/29/2014