Cleveland Print Room Events

Wet Plate Collodion Demonstration with Greg Martin

Greg Martin demonstrated the 19th Century photographic technique known as Wet Plate Collodion to a packed house at the Print Room this past weekend.  Here are some photos from his presentation.


HOMEGROWN exhibit at the Cleveland Print Room opening Friday March 15th from 5-9PM.

Over twenty local photographers are being showcased in our latest exhibit, along with the Northeast Ohio food movement and community-supported agriculture.

HOMEGROWN is a collaborative effort linking local food and local photography at the same venue.

Sample delicious dishes from local food restaurants and check out selected products from local urban farms. Sign up for a CSA and learn about sustainability in Cleveland. Join us for this food & photo extravaganza!

Photographers being presented in the show include:  Nina Barcellona, Jerry Birchfield, Preston Buchtel, Billy Delfs, Matthew Fehrmann, Diana Hlywiak, Brandon Juhasz, Lori Kella, Dan LaGuardia, Honey Lazar, Dan Levin, Michael Loderstadt, Greg Martin, Steven Mastroianni, Angelo Merendino, Joseph Minek, Michelle Murphy, Rene Psiakis, Tanya Shteinfeld, Mark Slankard, Paul Sobota, Mary Jo Toles, Barry Underwood, Mike Wallace, and Garie Waltzer.

The following is a list of local food restaurants and local food sources that are participating in this Friday’s opening event:
Blue Pike Farm C.S.A., The Root Cafe, Flying Fig, The Botanical Gardens, Fire, Fresh Fork, Momocho, Edible Cleveland, Spice, Rising Star Coffee, Breadsmith, the City of Cleveland Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, Lucky Penny Farm Creamery, Farm Share, Cleveland Crops, Tremont Farmers Market and

HOMEGROWN advances CPR’s goal of highlighting the depth and breadth of photographic work with the fertile, artistic environment of Northeast Ohio, while collaborating with other community organizations.


CPR Pinhole Camera Club

Join us on Sunday, March 10 at 1:00 pm for the first of our monthly Pinhole Workshops!

We will be building pinhole cameras, taking photographs with them, then developing and printing the photos in the darkroom.

No photographic experience necessary — All equipment & materials will be supplied.

Cost: CPR Members — $20
Non-Members — $25

Limited space available for this workshop — please call to pre-pay and reserve your spot! 216-401-5981

You can find the Facebook event page for this meeting here.



The Cleveland Print Room is opening its community darkroom, and beginning a program of all-ages, all-skill-level educational photography workshops.

The opening signals Cleveland Print Room’s next step in its mission of serving the larger photographic community through its focus on hand-processed photography with an accessible community darkroom, collaborative workspace, gallery, and classes.

In 2005, Print Room founder Shari Wilkins noticed a troubling trend — many high schools, arts centers, and universities were actively downsizing and decommissioning their darkroom facilities, and eliminating traditional photography from their curricula. Also during this time, Polaroid ceased making their groundbreaking instant film, and Kodak discontinued their exceptionally stunning Kodachrome film. While digital photography has impacted the way people snap and share images, further opening up the once-expensive craft to the masses, Wilkins affirms that there is plenty to be said for the satisfaction of hand-processed photography.

Conveniently located on the first floor of the ArtCraft Building on Superior Avenue, the nonprofit Cleveland Print Room features a large community darkroom with eight enlargers. Still hanging in the gallery, the Print Room’s inaugural exhibit features stunning large-format pinhole camera photographs by Vaughn Wascovich, which will remain on display through February 28th.

Membership to the newly-opened Cleveland Print Room, which will allow members to use the darkroom facilities, runs $35 annually for individuals, $20 for students, with a fee of $15 for the first 3 hours of a session, and $5 per additional hour. For dedicated darkroom enthusiasts, there is also the HARDCORE CPR membership, which consists of an annual contract that runs $100/month and offers no hourly fees to use the darkroom, among other perks.

An Open House reception is slated for Friday, February 22nd, from 5-9 pm with tours of the darkroom available. To celebrate this event, visitors will be encouraged to make “Rayogram” prints in the darkroom. Come try your hand at the process made famous by artist Man Ray and celebrate this milestone for photography in Cleveland.


Vaughn Wascovich gallery talk: “Where The Hell Am I?”

Photographer Vaughn Wascovich, whose show of large-format pinhole photographs forms the inaugural exhibit at Cleveland Print Room, gave a gallery talk on Saturday, January 12, 2013, addressing his body of work, as well as his Welcome To Hard Times exhibit here.  Check out the video of his gallery talk below: