RE: photo chemistry in the classroom

Date: 04/06/05-03:08:22 PM Z
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Find a friend is there a professional caliber old-school camera store in your community? In many cases they can assist you in obtaining the tools you need for little or no money both as a gesture of goodwill and in the hope that the high schoolers become hooked....

All chemicals are well, chemicals...

barring skin allergies to developing agents (rare to very rare wear gloves or better use tongs) photo chemicals are fairly hrmless (not to say I would use them as a cocktail mix but)...

you can sub ascorbic acid (vitamin C) for acetic acid (vinegar-stop bath)

-----Original Message-----
From: Kate M <>
Sent: Apr 6, 2005 1:50 PM
Subject: RE: photo chemistry in the classroom

Hi Barry, just off the top of my head, books to look at - "The Darkroom
Cookbook" and its companion, "The Film Developing Cookbook" HYPERLINK
And also "Photographic Possibilities" HYPERLINK
there should be enough information in those three for you to teach for a
couple of years! But seriously, as far as chemical safety goes, get the
appropriate technical information (safety sheets) for each chemical you
use and condense the information into something easily digested. I
always stress the use of lab coats (or old shirts) and rubber gloves.
When we're using U.V. lights for alt processes, I always make the class
wear safety glasses (prevents cataracts etc through radiation). I always
mix chemicals under a fume hood, and if necessary (as in sepia toning)
work under a fume hood as well.
I'd be inclined to teach the students cyanotype if you don't want to
bother with film etc, we use photocopies on OHP film for our negs with
junior classes (year one & two bachelor's degree).
You don't say if you'll be able to use safelight.....

-----Original Message-----
From: Barry Kleider []
Sent: Thursday, 7 April 2005 5:31 a.m.
Subject: Re: photo chemistry in the classroom

I should mention that I'll be using the school's chemistry lab and I'll
have about 25 students in each group.


Barry Kleider wrote:

Hi, all.

I have been asked to teach a chemistry of photography class for high
school students next fall.

Almost all of my work to date has been on the creative side of things.
My lab work has been strictly by the book - the actual chemistry wasn't
very important - as long as it worked.

Now, I need to figure out a short curriculum that I can do in a high
school chemistry lab with all of the strict rules about hazardous
chemicals, fumes, etc.

I know some of you also teach... I'd like to come up with a project that
involves having students mix their own chemicals, and leaves them with a
print they can exhibit and take home.

Feel free to contact me of list, or let the discussion take off.


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