Photography Lab

Pixel Lab Black & white film processing
Pixel Lab

The Photography area consists one large communal digital photography lab and classroom with 16 Macintosh workstations, numerous professional-grade Epson flatbed scanners and inkjet printers, and one Nikon 4000 dedicated film scanner – all precisely calibrated to maintain consistent color throughout the entire digital workflow. Dimmable, daylight–balanced lighting and a professional print viewer ensure accurate viewing of color prints. Two wide-format Epson printers provide printing capability up to 44” x 90”.

There is an additional Advanced Photo digital lab for critical, high-resolution film scanning as well as daylight-balanced lighting for critical print viewing and print finishing. This smaller lab is equipped with Wacom tablets, a Hasselblad Flextight X1 film scanner, and a Nikon 9000 film scanner.

In addition to the digital photo facilities, there are three black-and-white labs dedicated to processing gelatin silver film and prints, with Omega enlargers capable of printing up to 4x5” film at 20”x24.” There is also an individual color/black-and-white enlarging room for printing film up to 8”x10.” A large film processing area provides automatic temperature control, filtered water, and numerous chemicals for processing a wide range of films.

An adjacent dedicated Nonsilver Room with UV exposure units up to 30” X 48” provides students with the working space and chemistry necessary to explore a wide range of alternative, experimental, and traditional 19th-century photographic and cross-disciplinary processes.


Monday - Thursday   10am - 10pm
Friday   10am - 8pm
Saturday   12pm - 6pm
Sunday   12pm - 10pm
Limited technical assistance available between 10am and 11am, Monday - Friday.

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

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  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.