About The Halide Project

The Halide Project was founded in Philadelphia in 2015 to promote the continued practice and appreciation of traditional and alternative process photography. We serve the analog photo community through special exhibitions, workshops, online resources, and now—as we make our home in the South Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia—a photographic equipment lending library and community darkroom. Additional plans for the future include a city-wide photo festival, residency program for film photography, and a mobile darkroom for community outreach.

Who we are

The Halide Project was conceived of and co-founded by Alexandra Orgera and Dale Rio in 2015. THP is currently run by a volunteer Board of Directors: Frank Barbella, Todd Breslow, CJ Harker, Dale Rio, and Susan Stromquist.


Why Traditional Photography?

In the early digital era, there was a move away from traditional photographic media, as some practitioners and many education centers strove to embrace the latest technological advances. Many photography galleries followed suit, shifting their focus to large-scale pigment ink works.

Now, years later, traditional photography is experiencing a resurgence, as people are becoming curious about pre-digital techniques and are developing an appreciation for the aspects of traditional photography that differ from digital: the physical process, the dedication of time and focus, and its immersive qualities.

Not only is traditional black-and-white and color film-based photography once again thriving, but there is a growing interest in historic processes, particularly among photographers who want to immerse themselves in the process of image-making from start to finish; mixing their own emulsion, coating their own plates and paper, and hand processing their images.

The Halide Project’s goal is to reintroduce the public to the unique beauty of traditional photographic art. Crafted by hand, these works are truly one-of-a-kind, direct expressions of an artistic vision and are best appreciated in person. We aim to provide the public with an opportunity to engage with traditional photography by both viewing works in a gallery and gaining hands-on experience with the joy of these processes through artist-led workshops. We also strive to support and encourage practitioners of these arts by providing affordable workspace and residency and exhibition opportunities.