Workshop 2019

Le Salon Noir 



WHERE: Léran, Occitanie, France


Le Salon Noir : Master Class* is designed for intermediate practitioners with an understanding of traditional darkroom processes and techniques and are excited to develop their practice among peers in the comfort of a cozy B&B in Languedoc, France. Using low-fi camera methodologies, analogue silver-based photographic processes, and alternative photographic emulsions including Cyanotype and Anthotypes, participants in the Master Class will draw inspiration from the surrounding region for their artistic creations.


Based out of Léran, France in the foothills of the Pyrenees, participants will have the opportunity to explore the amazing history and culture of the Occitanie region. Planned field trips include a visit to Niaux and its 15,000 year old cave drawings, as well as Montségur and other Cathar ruins that dot the region.


The time will be divided between instructor-led field trips, technical instruction, and independent studio time. Dianne and Sarah will provide technical assistance and artistic guidance in the form of darkroom orientation, mini-workshops and studio visits. Though the instructors are partial to traditional photo practices they will be happy to help you improve your digital photography chops as well.


Other highlights include: wonderful local farmer’s markets, south-of-France cuisine, flea markets, spectacular mountains and countryside, village fête and a swimming pool to chill out in!


*If you have any questions about the experience level needed for the course, please don’t hesitate to ask us.



Workshop fee:

Participants will all reside at the B&B L’Impasse du Temple, a beautiful 18th classical French home in Léran. All meals (except 2 on field trip days) are included in the fee.

There are 3 choices for accommodation built into the workshop fees.

Your total workshop fee varies depending on your choice of rooms.

Single Room with bath – 1785 €

Shared Room (two single beds with bath) – 1665 € each

Couple (double bed) with bath – 1620 € each


What this workshop includes:

– Two amazing instructors and small class size.

– A working black and white darkroom including chemistry

– Cyanotype chemistry and Cyanotype Toning chemistry.

– 8″x10″ black and white photo paper and paper for alternative processes to get you started on your projects.

– Fantastic French cuisine. Lee-anne our hostess and chef does it all – deliciously!

– Field trips to see the ancient cave paintings at Niaux,  and a hike up to Montsegur – site of one of the last Cathar strongholds – as well as to many other local historic sites that dot the region.

– A group exhibition at the end of the residency.

-Pick up and drop off at the Toulouse airport for the group. There is NO public transport directly to Léran.

– The workshop’s location in a small village in the foothills of the magnificent Pyrénées can’t help but energize your creativity!


NOT Included:

Airfares, personal health insurance,  extra photographic materials including film.


For an application form and detailed course outline please email us at .

Deadline for registration February 15, 2019 but due to limited spaces please contact us as soon as possible if you are interested.

Once we receive your application we will get in touch with you to confirm your acceptance into the programme. A 500 € deposit is required to hold a place in the program.  Balance will be due six weeks before program starts. Fees are calculated in EUROS.

Please see for exchange rates.

This course is dependent on full registration. As soon as we have 6 participants confirmed we will require a deposit and everyone can book their flights.