Introducing Darkroom

darkroom is a fantastic new facility in Camden Town in north London where you can work comfortably to produce high quality photographic prints.

 
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With a range of enlargers that will satisfy most photographers’ needs, ranging from easy to use Kaiser 35mm/120 enlargers to a range of De Vere and LPLs capable of handling everything from 35mm to 5 x 4.

Initially, you will need to attend a short Induction session with an experienced technician, to ensure you understand how all the equipment works and what standard operating practices are.

Once inducted, as a member you can book an enlarger for a session of independent printing. darkroom provides all essential chemicals (developer, stop, fix, etc.), so all you need to bring is your own paper. darkroom even provides a processing service for films received at least 48 hours in advance.

No previous darkroom experience? Don't worry, darkroom offers workshops to get you started, or if you've mastered the basics there will be more advanced courses too. Head over to Courses and Workshops to find out more and book your first workshop.


Here we have an interview with one of darkroom’s directors, Phil Grey.

Run by a small group of photographers and enthusiasts, based in Camden Town, this fully equipped darkroom offers a co-working space to artists and photographers working with film based photography, as well teaching those keen to learn. The space offers membership, introductory and intermediate workshops, and aims to sustain a film based photographic community. 

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So, starting from the beginning, what motivated you to start darkroom? Well, we’re all film-based photography enthusiasts and felt that there was a need for a co-working space that supports other film-based photographers. Sadly, a lot of darkrooms are closing down, so we inherited a lot of our equipment as we couldn’t bear to see it all thrown away. A number of photographers have also very generously donated equipment they no longer use. 

We’re really keen to support the revival of interest in film based processes that has arisen over the last few years. As well as our membership, and co-working facilities, we offer workshops enabling darkroom access to people who may never have experienced the magic of one before. 

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Why do you think analogue photography is still so relevant today? I think younger photographers, who have always worked digitally, appreciate working away from screens, and slowing down their photographic process. I think there’s an increasing number of creatives who enjoy the discipline of working with film, and the therapeutic experience of spending time in a darkroom. There are also older photographers who are welcoming the opportunity to get back into the darkroom, and have that experience they had when they were younger. Few people nowadays have the equipment (or space to house it), to enable them to have a darkroom at home. 

The  darkroom  team with Brett Rogers, Director of The Photographers’ Gallery

The darkroom team with Brett Rogers, Director of The Photographers’ Gallery

People who come in to use our space are constantly saying how enjoyable it is to slow down and spend time with a tactile process. They also love doing it in the company of others. It’s become a place to meet people, a place to share ideas, see other people’s work - some members are collaborating together on new projects.

Who is darkroom for? Everyone! Well, everyone who loves, or wants to learn more about, photography and film based processes. It’s for people who want to continue working with film, processing film, developing prints, learning about the processes. We run workshops for new comers and people who want to improve existing skills, as well as offering facilities for those who want to get on with their own work.

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How can those interested, get involved? You can find details of our membership offers and workshops on www.darkroomlondon.org or follow us on Instagram and Twitter. We offer a 20% discount for students and recent graduates!


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As a user of darkroom you can choose the membership that suits you best. Members are at the heart of the darkroom community. We have different membership schemes to meet different needs, as well as our new gift memberships for your analogue enthused loved ones. 

Resin Coated £60 - Our entry level membership for occasional users. This membership enables you to book your darkroom sessions.

Silver Bromide £250 - For those of you who imagine developing your relationship with us. In addition to your induction, you get four free long or seven short sessions, plus 10% discount on workshops and darkroom sessions.

Platinum £500 - For the safe light junkie. Free induction and one free long session per month, plus 10% discount on workshops, darkroom sessions and bookings at our partner studio 2 Iliffe Yard.

Our friends at Process Supplies are offering all darkroom members an additional 5% discount on their already very competitive prices.

Once you buy annual membership and have taken our mandatory Induction (£20 for Resin Coated members) you can use our online booking to reserve darkroom sessions.

Session Prices

Weekday Long Sessions  £45

Weekday Short Sessions  £30

Weekend Long Sessions  £55

Weekend Short Sessions  £35 

Bulk buy sessions in advance and get one free. Six-pack Weekday £225. Six-pack Weekend £285

Exclusive weekday darkroom use once a month from £80.

One-to-one guided sessions with an experienced tutor from £150

Student Discount: We offer a 20% discount to students on Memberships, and 10% on Workshops and Access Sessions.

 
 

Introducing Peak Imaging - film processing, digital printing, photobooks, and more.

 
 
 

Peak Imaging is an independent photographic laboratory and print company based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. Vastly experienced in both traditional film and the digital arena, their dedicated workforce has an amazing, average service time of 22 years.

Working alongside some very famous household names across the UK and Europe and more recently the Far East, producing wall art products and prints for museums, boardrooms, homes and photographers in general, Peak Imaging’s reputation is well documented and long established. 

Co-director Cathrine Lee has seen the company adapt and re-shape to the ever changing marketplace. “Customer service and product involvement is key to our success and we firmly believe that time invested in project development and consultation is vital for end result satisfaction. Our clients usually know what they want to achieve but often, not how to achieve it or more commonly, what is possible. From straight reprints of digital media or film to large format displays on PVC and acrylic, we cover a vast array of display products and services, working to strict guidelines and tolerances”.

Processing film through C41, E6 and Black and White lines all day, 5 days a week, all machinery is the best dip and dunk technology for a scratch-free environment. Slide mounting and film scanning still play a big part in photographic projects whilst the emailing of images from film is becoming very popular too.

Cathrine continues “As a laboratory of some 43 years in the business, we have always invested heavily in new machinery and ideas and currently employ both photographic and giclee printing techniques. We find that both have a place in domestic and commercial display forums and that it is sometimes wise to allow the subject matter of a piece to dictate the media and print format. Metallic and high gloss papers are very popular at the moment but much of the traditional photographic work pieces still demand rag papers and fine art materials”.

Photobooks are currently a favourite format for family enjoyment and advertising and Peak Imaging’s LifeBook product comes in many shapes and sizes to suit the project in hand. From weddings and world trips to coffee table promotions and antique collections. All stories can be told and cherished in the pages of a “LifeBook”.  Explore the possibilities and creation software at peak-imaging.com.

10,000 sq. ft. of production space has been carefully designed to create efficient workflow whilst housing darkrooms, conference facilities and design studios.  All of this and full product display can be visited at the Holbrook Avenue site.


Find out more about Peak Imaging and what they do here. You can even give them a follow on Facebook or Twitter.

Grace Jackson - A Brand New Darkroom and Studio Space in Gloucestershire

University of the Arts London graduate, Grace Jackson, has set up her very own darkroom and studio space for personal use and hire! We recently asked Grace why she set up the space and this is what she had to say...

I set up my own studio and darkroom after leaving London. I looked into what was in the area and I found two in Bristol which isn't too far from me, but one was fully booked and not accepting new members, and the other wasn't open as much as I needed it.

As I am sure all creative people find, I have a sudden flood of creativity at the most random times and if I don't take advantage it is gone. I was constantly shooting work but just scanning it as I had no access to a darkroom, I had an exhibition and a publication in a magazine but no way to print my work unless I sent it off digitally. I felt like this was a waste; I was spending lots of money on film and developing but I was just going to have to print it digitally. I decided that I could rent out a small studio and convert it into a darkroom and studio for myself to use, but also for others to use as it is the only public one in the county (Gloucestershire).

It was vital for me and for my own work because as much as the final image is important to me, it is the process of getting there; it's developing the work from being on location or in the studio to finally presenting it. My darkroom has one enlarger and the space is just for one person to use, which is unlike so many darkrooms, but I've set it up in this way because I think it's important to be able to flow creatively without disruption, but also allow the space to be open and give the opportunity to experiment. I think that is so important in art to constantly push yourself to try new things. Also, for anyone wanting to get back into analogue, they don't have to worry about making any accidents because they are the only one in there at any one time.

My own work is so personal that this environment has given me the space to create it from taking the image through developing and printing, and then hand making my own frames. I will offering workshops in the new year which will be held on a one to one basis.

Please direct any queries or bookings directly to Grace via her email address: info@gracejackson.co.uk

Grace will soon be featured on the Photograd platform and we can't wait to introduce you all to her work!