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Though we do not require a membership to use the facilities, membership does have its benefits. Membership gives one the sense of belonging to a community of like-minded individuals with similar interests. Members are more likely to spend time sharing their work with others, as well as getting involved in meaningful discourse with others in the community about the technical, artistic, cognitive, and social aspects of their work. We offer various memberships based on your needs.

Membership Options & Benefits

Burnside Darkroom Collective: $85/Month*

This is our premier membership. It includes all the features of our standard Individual Membership, with these added benefits:

  • 24/7/365 use of darkroom facilities by appointment and availability. Guaranteed solo use of the darkroom for a minimum of four hours per session. You may also share your time with another Collective member.
  • No additional hourly rental fee
  • Collective members have dedicated use of a locker
  • Bio and gallery entry on the Burnside Darkroom Collective website (coming soon)
  • Possible invitations to exhibit your work as part of the Collective

*We require a commitment of two months or more. First and last month’s dues are billed at initial subscription time ($170). You will then be automatically billed monthly after that ($85). You may cancel at any time.

Individual Membership: $149/Year
  • Use of darkroom, alternative process equipment, print finishing equipment, and digital print station at the discounted rate of $5 per hour**
  • 10% discount on workshops and seminars
  • Bio and gallery entry on the PhotoSynthesis website
  • Representation in an annual gallery show for members only
  • 10% discount on our fine art inkjet printing service
  • 10% discount on framing materials
  • Occasional members-only activities (seminars, field trips, etc.)
Family Membership: $219/Year

All the benefits of a standard Individual Membership, but for two people living at the same address. Additional memberships at the same address are only $49 each per year.

Student Membership: $99

All the benefits of a standard Individual Membership, but discounted for students enrolled in school photography programs. This membership is limited to high school and college students who provide school identification.

Supporter Membership: $30 per year

The supporter membership is for those who enjoy and support photography and the arts, but do not necessarily practice it themselves.

Supporter members receive notification by email and post, when applicable, about any gallery shows and special events at PhotoSynthesis. Supporters of the arts are appreciated.

Our membership year runs April 1–March 31, though you may join at any time. Your second year will be prorated depending on your initial signup date. Membership fees are not refundable. Rates are subject to change without notice.

** Darkroom and related equipment are available non-BDC members during set times by appointment only. These times are currently Wednesdays from 5–9pm and most Saturdays from 10–2pm. The print finishing equipment and digital print station are available by appointment only during regular business hours.

BDC memberships must be purchased online. Our other memberships can be paid in online or in person.

Type of Membership