You can read this review after you pinky promise not to tell anyone.
Okay, so why can't you tell anyone about this photography class? Well, because there are only about 15 enlargers in the classroom and I don't wanna clammer for, or wait in line for one! I've taken the 95A/95B class a number of times over the years and it has always been a wonderful experience. 95A and 95B are Beginning Photography I and Beginning Photography II, pretty much the same class, except if you already know your way around the darkroom, you can go straight to the darkroom during lectures about how to work a camera or work in the darkroom.
Instructor Dana Davis was actually my first traditional photography teacher ever. I've taken classes at a couple other schools since because of scheduling conflicts, but I've always felt that he was the best teacher I could've had for a first photography class. Other teachers didn't teach the very useful things that Dana taught, and I was able to apply all that I learned from him to the other classes. Dana's a very dedicated photography teacher. I believe that he actually found the class location (which, by the way, isn't on BCC campus), and then he built everything in it. The sinks, the tables, everything. I'm sure that the school didn't fund a lot of it (public schools have been going broke) and that he actually had to pay for some of it himself, as well as get some donations. Now that's dedication.
Here's another fabulous tidbit about this class: As I mentioned, the class isn't actually located on the BCC campus (I hate calling it that because when I use to go there back in the day, it had a nicer sounding name, Vista. le sigh). It's actually located in the historical Heinz Building on San Pablo, right off of the Ashby exit, so it's super easy to get to by freeway or San Pablo, and it's way easy to find parking, whether on the street or in the back lot. If you get out of class late, you can ask one of the kind security guards to walk you to your car. The Heinz Building itself actually has a very neat history. Why is it call the Heinz Building? Because decades ago, that's where Heinz used to bottle their pickles! How cool is that? Besides the darkroom in the building, there's also an fine arts/psychology graduate school, and a chocolate factory, so you've got all kinds of arts going on in that building.
So if you're a traditional photography lover in Berkeley, how could you resist taking such a fabulous class in a historical building with a super savvy teacher?
But remember... shhhh!!!!!! ;)
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Berkeley City College's ART 95A is a beginning photography class taught by Dana Davis that is an introduction to camera operation: Basics of light, optics, exposure, camera controls and functions and film choices; darkroom techniques, including film processing theory and practice, contact printing, enlarging and print processing; print presentation; aesthetics.