Magnolia Film Lab summer residency & workshop in Tusheti Georgia

July 30 - August 8

This year we're doing it again and we're ready to invite all you aspiring and inspiring film photographers for a 10 day all-inclusive film photography residency, where you'll get a chance to develop your own film and make beautiful handmade black & white and color prints during your stay. The workshop fee covers everything you need, transportation, lodging, and meals. We'll even throw in a few beers from Georgia's best microbrewery - because anyone who's ever been in a darkroom knows that a cold beer is just as essential as developer, fixer, and bleach.

The residency begins with us picking you up in Tbilisi early in the morning July 30th 2021. We'll drive straight to Omalo, Tusheti - a very remote village that takes quite a stunning and slightly nerve-racking road high into the Caucasus mountains. After we arrive we'll get settled into our new surroundings before diving straight in.

Magnolia Film Lab Founder Ryan McCarrel and Co-Owner and Director Gela Shekeladze are your sherpas. If you're a beginner in film photography, or could use a helpful reminder, we'll be sharing our knowledge of developing and printing in one on one and group sessions throughout the week. By the end you will have created stunning works of art to take home with you and learned everything you need in order to develop and print by yourself. The residency also includes an overnight stay in neighboring Shenako village. One the most beautiful villages in the region.

If you are already an experienced lab goer, don't worry, there will be plenty of time available for you to work in the darkroom on personal projects. Please keep in mind that this darkroom is a rather basic set up, but we still produce amazing prints.

The last night of the residency is a group exhibit and campfire where we'll share our creations with each other, drink homemade Georgian wine and chacha, and reflect on our analog getaway.


Total Residency Duration: 10 Days
Included: Lodging, Food, Transportation, several rolls of Ilford black and white film, chemicals for developing, paper for printing, one on one workshops with master printer, Gela Shekeladze, and tutorials on black and white and color film photography by Ryan McCarrel.
Not included: Air travel to Tbilisi, Georgia. Bad attitudes.

Price: 500 EUR

Limited to 10 Participants


Application Information:

To apply please send your information to

Regulations for Crossing the Georgian Border in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic


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