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The photography lab, also known as the art classroom, is one of four main labs at Blackwell Academy. Mr. Jefferson holds his lectures in this room including a course called "The Language of Photography".[1] It is well-equipped with high-tech photography equipment and literature. It's likely also used for other art courses. The photography lab is a recurring explorable location in Life is Strange and the second featured location overall.

Episode One - "Chrysalis" Edit

After having a disturbing dream about a storm destroying Arcadia Bay, Max Caulfield awakens in Jefferson's class in the middle of his lecture. The lesson finishes, leaving Max to explore the classroom if she likes. She returns to the classroom a short while later, having rewound time.

Episode Two - "Out of Time" Edit

After spending the morning with Chloe, Max heads to the photography lab for Mr. Jefferson's class. The room is once again explorable during this time.

Episode Three - "Chaos Theory" Edit

During Max and Chloe's night investigation at Blackwell, Max is able to visit the photography lab, particularly to find ingredients for a pipe bomb to open the Principal's office.

Episode Five - "Polarized" Edit

After rewinding to the first day of the week, by focusing on the selfie she took during Jefferson's first class, Max finds herself again in the middle of his lecture.

The classroom is, later in the episode, featured again in Max's nightmare.

Optional Photos Edit

During Episode 1, there is an optional photograph obtainable from the desk etchings on the desk opposite Max's.

During Episode 2, there is an optional photograph obtainable by standing behind Alyssa at the window, and snapping the shot.

During Episode 5, Kate Marsh may be photographed after speaking to her and reassuring her about the many friends and supporters she has.

During Episode 5, the desk etchings can once more be photographed after looking at them twice.

Observable ObjectsEdit

Max can view many objects and people in the photography lab.

PC users: Hover over the text to see Max's comments. See here for all interactions in the game.

Episode One - "Chrysalis" Edit

  • Max can look at her selfie. (Comment: Before rewind: "Look at this crap! How can I show this to Mr. Jefferson?
    I can hear the class laughing at me now."
    After rewind: "Still the same stupid picture... So everything seems the same as before.")
  • She can look at and read her journal. (Comment: Before rewind: "I haven't kept up with my journal as much as I should."
    After rewind: "What is going on? Nothing has moved at all.")
  • She can look at her pencil case. (Comment: Before: "I can't believe I still have this pencil case. I should upgrade to the 21st century.
    But I like it old school."
    After: "My pencil case is still in the same place...")
  • She can look at her camera bag. (Comment: Before: "My little camera bag is battered, but still kicking."
    After: "Dammit, everything is the same!")
  • She can look at and take a selfie with her camera (required). (Comment: Before selfie: "I do love my analog camera. I should take a quick picture now."
    After selfie: "Sorry, Max. No more selfies right now."
    After rewind: "Wowser, my old broken camera is new again...")

After the lesson finishes,

  • Max can look at and use a computer. (Comment: Look: "Obviously Blackwell spent bank on the computers here."
    Use: "Looks like somebody was already working on this... cool."
    After rewind: "Wowser, you are blowing it! Save that girl!")
  • She can look at a printer. (Comment: Before rewind: "That printer is amazing. I'd love to see how it reproduces my pictures.
    I could pump out a whole gallery show with that thing. When I don't suck. Someday..."
    After rewind: "There's no time to fuck around here!")
  • She can look at two different magazine covers. (Comment: "So cool to see Mr. Jefferson's actual published pictures. Gives me hope."
    "I love seeing Mr. Jefferson's awesome photos on these magazine covers."
    After rewind: "That girl is going to get shot, unless you go!"
    "How long are you going to stall? Move!")
  • She can look at the class photo. (Comment: "That was amazing when Mr. Jefferson took a class picture the first week. Even though I didn't
    want to be in the picture at all, it was fairly fucking cool to watch him at work framing us."
    After rewind:"You don't have time to gaze. Get out of here!")
  • She can look at a tripod. (Comment: Before rewind: "Damn, they have carbon fiber tripods here.
    The ballhead even has a pan-lock? God, I'm such a photo nerd."
    After rewind: "That's not as interesting as that girl about to die!")
  • She can look at the photo equipment inside a cupboard. (Comment: Before: "This is definitely where cameras go to heaven... Oh man, they have those
    sweet ultrasonic lenses... and look at that vintage rangefinder! Want!"
    After: "You better get to that bathroom!")
  • She can look at some books. (Comment: Before: "So cool that we can check these out anytime... "The Decisive Moment" by
    Henri Cartier-Bresson. That's rare... Annie Leibovitz, mad respect... the amazing Eugene Smith...
    good to see Avedon among the masters... Dali, of course... Lots of people I haven't heard of yet...
    I guess that's why I'm here."
    After: "That girl needs your help now!")
  • She can look at a poster for the Everyday Heroes Contest. (Comment: Before: "Here's the poster for the contest... Mr. Jefferson really expects me to enter.
    Why? I don't know if I'm ready for my 15 minutes of infamy."
    After: "If I want to be an "Everyday Hero" I better go save that girl!")
  • She can look at an HDTV. (Comment: Before: "Man, he even has the best plasma HDTV for a class monitor.
    Can't wait to watch some more documentaries on this bad boy."
    After: "Stop this bullshit and go save that girl!")
  • She can look at a picture of the Arcadia Bay forest. (Comment: Before: "Even in pictures, the forest around here always looks mysterious..."
    After: "That girl is going to get shot, unless you go!")
  • She can look at a picture of the lighthouse. (Comment: Before: "You can never escape the lighthouse here..."
    After: "There's no time to fuck around here!")
  • She can look at Jefferson's camera. (Comment: Before: "Whoa! Mr. Jefferson is not messing around with that monster. He probably paid 20 grand
    for that camera... I bet he gets pristine digital images. But I still dig my little instant camera."
    After: "Get going, Max, you don't have time!")
  • She can look at a crumpled paper ball. (Comment: Before: "Now I wish I wouldn't have read this. Purge."
    After: "What are you waiting for? Go!")
  • She can look at Victoria's notebook. (Comment: Before: "Even her schoolbooks are gift-wrapped. I can't believe she made fun of me in class.
    What is she, fifteen years old? And people laughed..."
    After: "That girl needs your help now!")
  • She can look at and use Victoria's tablet. (Comment: Look: "Of course, Victoria has to have the bestest, newest, most expensive everything."
    Use: "I should have known. She'll have better equipment than Blackwell."
    After rewind: "Stop wasting time. Go!")
  • She can look at and take an optional photo of the etched marks. (Comment: "Hmmm, this might make a cool shot...")
  • She can look at and speak to Kate. (Comment: Before: "Kate looks so sad and quiet today. Poor thing."
    After: "Kate probably wouldn't laugh at me, but how could I ask her about what's going on?")
  • She can look at Victoria. (Comment: Before: "Every time I look at Victoria I feel like she's talking smack about me."
    After: "Victoria hasn't moved from that spot...")
  • She can look at and speak to Mr. Jefferson (required). (Comment: Before: "This is ridiculous. I always get so shy and nervous around Mr. Jefferson."
    After: "I wish I could go talk to Mr. Jefferson about what's going on... but I can't.")

Episode Two - "Out of Time" Edit

  • Max can look at the Everyday Heroes Contest poster. (Comment: "I guess I'm out of time to turn in a photo for the contest. Irony!")
  • She can look at the picture of the Arcadia Bay forest. (Comment: "Even in pictures, the forest around here always looks mysterious...")
  • She can look at the picture of the lighthouse. (Comment: "Arcadia Bay looks way more majestic here...")
  • She can look at Jefferson's camera. (Comment: "Whoa! Mr. Jefferson is not messing around with that monster. He probably paid 20 grand
    for that camera... I bet he gets pristine digital images. But I still dig my little instant camera.")
  • She can look at the magazine covers. (Comment: "So cool to see Mr. Jefferson's actual published pictures. Gives me hope."
    "I love seeing Mr. Jefferson's awesome photos on these magazine covers.")
  • She can look at the class photo. (Comment: "That was amazing when Mr. Jefferson took a class picture the first week. Even though I didn't
    want to be in the picture at all, it was fairly fucking cool to watch him at work framing us.")
  • She can look at a printer. (Comment: "That printer is amazing. I'd love to see how it reproduces my pictures.
    I could pump out a whole gallery show with that thing. When I don't suck. Someday...")
  • She can look at and speak to Hayden. (Comment: "It's hard to not like Hayden, because... he just doesn't give a shit.")
  • She can look at and speak to Dana. (Comment: "Dana is ready for her 15 minutes of fame.")
  • She can look at and speak to Taylor. (Comment: "I like Taylor's artistic side, not her personality.")
  • She can look at and speak to Daniel. (Comment: "Daniel is always on the outside looking in...")
  • She can look at Daniel's sketch of Dana. (Comment: "That's a great sketch of Dana. Daniel is the real deal.")
  • She can look at, speak to and take an optonal photo of Alyssa. (Comment: "Alyssa really lives for her classes...")
  • She can look at Stella. (Comment: "Stella is smart to stay out of all the drama.")
  • She can look at and speak to Nathan (required). (Comment: Told on Nathan: "I can't believe the Principal lets him stay in school after I told him what happened."
    Hid the truth: "I should have told the Principal about Nathan and the gun just for life insurance...")
  • She can look at and speak to Victoria (required). (Comment: Made fun of: "I feel so awkward after bagging on Victoria yesterday..."
    Comforted: "Even if Victoria ignores me, I'm glad we talked yesterday.")
  • She can sit at her desk.

After sitting at her desk,

  • Max can look at a book by Mr. Jefferson. (Comment: "It's cool that Mr. Jefferson published his own little book of photo tips.")
  • She can look at Kate's chair. (Comment: "I guess Kate will miss class now... I'm worried about her.")
  • She can draw on her notebook, and look at the drawing afterwards.

Episode Three - "Chaos Theory" Edit

  • Max can look at the Everyday Heroes Contest poster. (Comment: Saved Kate: "I feel silly thinking of myself as an "Everyday Hero" for helping Kate...
    but it's cool that other people do. Now if I could only find Rachel..."
    Didn't save Kate: "If Kate were still alive maybe I actually would be an "Everyday Hero"...
    Maybe I can make it up by finding Rachel...")
  • She can look at the photo of the lighthouse. (Comment: "You can never escape the lighthouse here...")
  • She can look at the entries for the Everyday Heroes contest. (Comment: Kate: "Oh Kate... even when you were sad you tried to see the good in the world... Shit."
    Daniel: "Daniel's a better illustrator than photographer, said Max the art critic."
    Victoria: "Victoria... that is pretty fucking sweet. How can I hate somebody that shoots like that?"
    Nathan: "I feel gross even looking at Nathan's work, but he does have some style...")
  • She can look at Victoria's cigarettes. (Comment: "Victoria's cigarettes? I'm sure Mr. Jefferson is impressed.")
  • She can look at the class photo. (Comment: "That was amazing when Mr. Jefferson took a class picture the first week. Even though I didn't
    want to be in the picture at all, it was fairly fucking cool to watch him at work framing us.")
  • She can take the duct tape from two locations in the lab (required). (Comment: "The tape is mine!")

Episode Five - "Polarized" Edit

  • Max can look at her camera. (Comment: "Did you know someday your pictures would actually alter time and space?")
  • She can look at her doodles. (Comment: "I hope I still love photography when this is done... „Don't confuse the art with the artist.“ Bastard.")
  • She can look at her cellphone, and use it to warn David (required). (Comment: "All I need is David's number and Jefferson is one text closer to life without parole…")
  • She can look at her journal. (Comment: "This diary literally saved my life…")
  • She can look at and search her messenger bag. (Comment: "I've got a ton of Blackwell brochures so I hope David's number is in there…")
    • She can look at the front of the school pamphlet inside her bag. (Comment: "I should be able to track down David's number from this school pamphlet.")
    • She can look at the biographies of several Blackwell faculty members.
    • She can look at the page with contact numbers. (Comment: "Found you!")

After getting up from her desk,

  • Max can look at the class photo. (Comment: "If only I could tell the whole class about Jefferson, and watch him squirm...
    but I better let David take care of everything.")
  • She can look at a tripod. (Comment: "Not impressed anymore.")
  • She can look at the covers of two magazines. (Comment: "Now I wonder how many victims Jefferson has left behind in his career…"
    "The '90s are over for you, asshole.")
  • She can look at the photo equipment inside a cupboard. (Comment: "I can't blame the cameras, but... I just think of Jefferson using them.")
  • She can look at Victoria's notebook. (Comment: Victoria believed Max: "Oh, Victoria... We could have been friends..."
    Victoria didn't believe Max/Max didn't warn Victoria: "Victoria... it's
    nice to know how you really feel…")
  • She can look at Victoria's tablet. (Comment: Victoria believed Max: "I'm happy to fix it so you'll be here to get your fancy camera, Victoria…"
    Victoria didn't believe Max/Max didn't warn Victoria: "This fancy camera does not give you any
    extra talent, Victoria... or excuses. You will not hurt Kate Marsh this time.")
  • She can look at and comfort Kate. (Comment: Saved Kate: "Poor Kate..."
    Saved and comforted: "At least Kate knows people have her back."
    Didn't save Kate: "I'm sad for Kate, but... so happy she's alive."
    Didn't save and comforted: "Have faith, Kate. This time I'm here for you…")
    • She can take an optional photo of Kate after comforting her.
  • She can look at the paper ball. (Comment: "This is the last time somebody bullies you, Kate.")
  • She can look at the "Rachel Amber ❤ 4ever" etchings. (Comment: "Oh, Rachel... I'm sorry...")
  • She can look at some art books. (Comment: "Just a week ago, I was so naive about art... life... the world…")
  • She can look at the "Everyday Heroes" contest poster. (Comment: "An „Everday Hero“ is going to bust your ass, Jefferson.")
  • She can look at a photo of the Arcadia Bay forest. (Comment: "There's still some beauty left in Arcadia Bay.")
  • She can look at a photo of the lighthouse. (Comment: "I still feel like... the lighthouse is calling out to me.")
  • She can look at Jefferson's camera on his desk. (Comment: "I'd like to bust this up right now.")
  • She can look at Victoria. (Comment: Victoria believed Max: "Victoria, I'm sorry you have to stand next to that psycho."
    Victoria didn't believe Max/Max didn't warn Victoria: "Victoria, if you knew who
    Jefferson really was...")
  • She can look at and give a selfie to Jefferson (required). (Comment: "I see right through your bullshit, Jefferson... Everybody else will too.")

During the nightmare,

  • Max can look at the class photo. (Comment: "Oh... That's awful...")
  • She can look at the magazine covers. (Comment: "That's... me? Are you kidding?!"
    "This is definitely not for reals.")
  • She can look at the computer screen. (Comment: "That's too creepy...")
  • She can look at the blood stain on Kate's desk (determinant). (Comment: "I'm sorry, Kate...")
  • She can look at the "I WANT TO DIE" writings on Kate's desk (determinant). (Comment: "You didn't die, Kate... You're alive.")
  • She can look at the paper ball. (Comment: "Not yet, you bastard.")
  • She can look at and take an optional photo of the etched marks. (Comment: Look: "That's it? Three times is clearly not the charm."
    Photo: "I don't care if this is a dream or a nightmare... I'm taking this picture.")
  • She can look at the photo of the forest around Arcadia Bay. (Comment: "Rachel didn't deserve any of this.")
  • She can look at the photo of the lighthouse. (Comment: "Oh no…")
  • She can look at the "Everyday Zeroes" poster. (Comment: "I'm not going to take the bait... I'm not.")

Gallery Edit

Screenshots Edit

Concept Art Edit

Trivia Edit

  • The Photography Lab is numbered as Room 102.

References Edit

  1. This information is from Max's timetable.

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