Who we are

Officine Fotografiche Roma is a non-profit association centered in Rome, Italy that aims to open eyes to a holistic understanding of photography, cinema and other visual arts. From workshops to exhibitions, portfolio reviews to book launches, basic courses to professional masters, Officine Fotografiche links technical training to cultural education and inspires a greater public appreciation for the nuanced language of photography.

Over the years, OFRoma has nurtured amateurs and honed the experienced by frequently organizing and promoting diverse selections of activities, contests, initiatives and collaborations. Growing every season, OFRoma began with only a few basic courses and teachers to its current expansive array of specialized educational opportunities and resources. It continues to do so, aiming to extend its reach in the general public, seeking people of all levels and giving people the opportunity to connect with others.

Although OFRoma is an Italian association, photography is a global language. With its goal of sharing the art of photography to all, OFRoma hosts some English-taught workshops as well as other opportunities, such as international call for entries, as well as exhibitions and events that need no understanding of Italian to enjoy. In addition, one of the most impressive ways OFRoma reaches a wider and international audience is through its coordination of its annual festivals: Obbiettivo Donna and FotoLeggendo.

For more information about the specific events and activities accessible to an international audience, please visit here.

While exhibitions and other select events are open to the general public, association membership is required in order to participate in the full array of OFRoma’s services.

To learn how to become a member and all of the benefits included, continue to read below.


To become a member there is an initial fee of 30 Euros (but it is free for minors, which are registered as Junior Members). The membership card is valid for the current calendar year, ending on December 31, and can be renewed thereafter with the payment of the annual fee in January. Membership is open all year long, and registration is available at our headquarters.

Membership is subject to the acceptance of the Statute and the Association Rules.


Please, write to us for any additional information.

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In addition to supporting Officine Fotografiche Roma and its mission, members of the association receive exclusive access to reserved and free activities throughout the year. This includes courses, workshops, photo-labs and seminars among other things. Members also benefit from discounted prices on some purchases and services, including some training courses and workshops to encourage enrollment.

In addition, members can enjoy a range of other services at the OFRoma headquarters:

  • Library (currently under renovation) and reference magazine access
  • Wi-Fi access in the exhibition hall and cafe
  • Reservations of the studio/darkroom at discounted rates

For members, OFRoma has several beneficial agreements granting discounts with museums, theatres, and companies around Rome.


Rome’s Civic Museums All members of Officine Fotografiche Roma are entitled to a reduced ticket fare to the museums in Rome’s civic network. The ticket offices will process the discount upon the presentation of a valid membership card at the time of purchase. Participating museums include:

  • Musei Capitolini
  • Centrale Montemartini
  • Mercati di Traiano
  • Museo dell’Ara Pacis
  • Museo di Scultura Antica Giovanni Barracco
  • Museo delle Mura
  • Villa di Massenzio
  • Museo della Repubblica Romana e della memoria garibaldina
  • Museo di Roma
  • Museo Napoleonico
  • Galleria d’Arte Moderna (Via Crispi)
  • Museo Carlo Bilotti
  • Museo Pietro Canonica
  • Museo di Roma in Trastevere
  • Musei di Villa Torlonia
  • Museo Civico di Zoologia

MAXXI Museum All members of Officine Fotografiche Roma can receive a free myMAXXI mini, a card valid for one year, which grants reduced entry fare to the museum. To obtain the card, present a valid membership card at the MAXXI Infopoint.

Palazzo delle Esposizioni and Le Scuderie del Quirinale All members of Officine Fotografiche Roma are entitled to reduced admission rates to exhibitions on display at Palazzo Delle Esposizion and The Quirinale Stables. The ticket offices will process the discount upon the presentation of a valid membership card at the time of purchase.

Teatro Ambra alla Garbatella All members of Officine Fotografiche Roma are entitled to a reduced admission rates to shows of the 2015/2016 theatre season. The ticket office will process the discount upon the presentation of a valid membership card at the time of purchase.

Teatro Argentina and Teatro India All members of Officine Fotografiche Roma are entitled to reduced rates on passes and individual tickets to performances of the 2015/2016 theatre season. However, the ticket office will not give this discount to members even if they present a valid membership card. To learn how to purchase at the reduced rate, please carefully read the agreement.


Camera Service in Rome  Canon’s official maintenance service, combining quality and reliability with repairs that are efficient and timely in the pure Canon tradition. All members of Officine Fotografiche Roma are entitled to a 10% discount on repairs and equipment rentals, and a 5% discount on used and accessory purchases.

Ottica Universitaria A historic shop in Rome specializing in photographic materials. They offer high-quality service, discounts, and interest-free financing on all materials for sale. For details, view the agreement.

Altra Ottica Store The first Italian website dedicated to renting photographic equipment. The brainchild of photographers, professionals and practitioners who believe in providing quality service to all, from simple amateurs to established professionals. All members of Officine Fotografiche Roma will receive a 15% discount on camera equipment rentals.

Appio Foto Tecnica di Stefano Leoni A repair lab for both analog and digital cameras. All members of Officine Fotografiche Roma will receive a 20% discount on photographic equipment repairs. In addition, members can request check-ups and CCD cleaning. Appio Foto Tecnica is located on Via A. Baccarini, 50 – 00179.


Speed Color in Rome A photo lab in Prati active since 1975. It specializes in digital photo printing, known for its technical quality, in both the printing and finishing stages of photography projects. Members of Officine Fotografiche Roma and students can receive a 15% discount off list prices.

Laboratorio Fotografico Corsetti Members of Officine Fotografiche can receive a 20% discount for all printing and photo processing services.

Antropomorpha di Francesco Antonio Caratù. Offers printing services, b/w, handicraft and fine art. Members of Officine Fotografiche can receive a 10% discount off list prices.

InQuadro Frames Specialized in the production of wooden frames for paintings, watercolors, graphics, prints and photographs. Offers customers customized solutions in order to frame and enhance what they want, with attention to detail and aesthetics. There is a price list for members of Officine Fotografiche on the website.

PATCH A multidisciplinary studio dedicated to images, with areas in photography, post-production, digital printing, graphics and video. Members of Officine Fotografiche can receive a 15% discount on all services.

Il Plotter condiviso The first photo lab for all. A service provider that meets the need to print photos at an affordable price, but with excellent quality. Download the discount agreement for members here.


Ariana Auto An auto center that overhauls and repairs cars. Members of Officine Fotografiche can receive a 10% discount.


Officine Fotografiche Roma headquarters is located in the quarter of Ostiense, on Via Giuseppe Libetta. It is easily reached by bus and subway. There is plenty of nearby parking (both free and paid.) It is open Monday through Friday 10:00 – 19:30.



*All texts in the english section of our website were devised, created and translated with the collaboration of Brita Olmstead.

Category: Education
Interpretive Documentary Photography with Matt Black

Workshop with Matt Black

When: from 14th to 18th  June 2023

Where: Officine Fotografiche Roma - via Libetta, 1

Participation fee: 1500€

Early Bird Promo: 1200€ for registrations by April, 21st 2023 


Join photographer Matt Black for a five-day, intensive workshop designed to sharpen your relationship to photography and the world.  Matt will guide you to think critically about your work and consider your vision, your voice, and its purpose.