workshop with the “developing tank”

JUne 9TH-13TH, 2019



For the first time in Jerusalem, Photographers Ofir Barak and Taylor Pool will jointly lead an intensive 5 day workshop focusing on improving your personal work and skills in street photography and darkroom printing. This course of theory and practice is designed to lead you in a condensed and well structured way through the photographic storytelling process alongside teaching you the basics of darkroom printing in order to improve your technique vision. The workshop will challenge you to create new work and develop your own visual language and photographic identity through practical assignments and group critiques.




  • Jerusalem, Israel.

  • 9th - 13th of June 2019.




  • Intended for passionate amateurs and professional photographers alike with a strong interest in documentary, storytelling, and who want to understand the basics of the darkroom.

  • The workshop is open to 4 participants max and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Students attending must be comfortable using their own camera.


  • Mentoring by both Ofir Barak and Taylor Pool.

  • Airbnb housing (9th - 13th of June 2019).

  • A guided tour of shooting during the workshop throughout city landmarks, Judaism and Christians.

  • Practical work and feedback on visual style - Images will be reviewed each day and we will guide you through technical, theoretical and aesthetic issues.

  • Group portfolio reviews including advice on work and personal development.

  • Learning the process of developing film.

  • Printing Contact Sheets from your film.

  • Learning how to print using the traditional archival method.

  • Supervised Darkroom printing sessions.

  • Connecting with a group of like-minded photographers.

  • Coffee, tea, and snacks everyday.

  • Darkroom chemicals and paper.


Detail of a silver gelatin print

  • Registration fee : €500
    *Non-refundable fee that will secure your spot in the Workshop.

  • Application is due till April 10th , 2019.


  • The Workshop will be held in English.





  • If we feel that we need to move the trip to different dates because of weather or cancel because any unforeseen activity that's out of our control, then we will do so to benefit your personal safety and International participants are responsible for reimbursement of travel expenses in case the workshop is canceled

  • The workshop fee does not include flights, film, travel insurance, insurance of photography equipment, or meals.

  • If a participant decides to cancel for whatever reason, it must be confirmed in writing: The organizers will reimburse all the registration costs except for the registration fee and the Airbnb booking fee, if the participant informs the organizers of cancellation at least 3 weeks before the first day of the workshop. Beyond this time limit, The organizers will charge the following: 50% of the cost if cancelled between 15 and 21 days before the workshop commences, 100% of the cost if cancelled less than 15 days before the workshop commences.

  • The organizers of the workshop reserves the right to cancel this event with less than 3 participants in the workshop. All applying will receive a conformation email and only then should make the necessary arrangements. In the event of cancellation, students will be given at least 3 weeks advance notice and a full refund (minus Paypal fees).



Taylor Pool was born in Wichita, KS, USA in 1989 and is an experienced darkroom printer with more than 12 years of practice. In recent years he started researching and experimenting in alternative processes such as lith printing and toning. He has lived in Germany for 10 years and has been active in social work while teaching and hosting photography classes. As well he starting The Developing Tank in 2018 to bring courses and training to analog photographers around Europe. He is currently living in Nuremberg, Germany with his wife Ruth who's studying the Russian Academic style of Portraiture Painting.



Ofir Barak was born in Jerusalem, Israel, in 1982. In 2011, he received his B.A. in Humanities from the Open University of Israel. In 2014, he began working in a multi layered project regarding religions in Jerusalem, Israel. His work largely concentrates on the three major abrahamic religions in the city - Judaism, Christianity and Islam and the people behind them. His work has won numerous awards and nominations and is exhibited in both personal collections and galleries across the world.