Not Afraid of the Dark:
Community Darkrooms Are Alive

19 May

In an effort to not lose our analogue roots, film-lovers the world over are creating community darkrooms to provide an environment where photographers can convene to create stunning images. Many of the rooms feature b&w as well as color enlargers, film developing stations and film scanners. Many even sell film and paper or can do the developing, scanning or even print for you for a nominal fee. Still other community labs provide some of the most affordable services in digital and archival printing up to 20″x30″.

In the East:

1. The Camera Club of New York, New York, NY
2. Bushwick Community Darkroom,  Brooklyn, NY
3. Light Work Lab, Syracuse, NY
4. My Own Color Lab, New York, NY
5. Genesee Center Darkroom, Rochester, NY
6. Chicago Community Darkroom, Chicago, IL
7. Paul Krot Community Darkroom , Providence, RI
8. Studio Two Three Community darkroom, Richmond, VI
9. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, Washington, DC
10. GlenEcho Photoworks, Washington, DC
11. The Asheville darkroom, Asheville, NC

In the West:

1. Tucson Community Darkroom, Arizona
2. Newspace Center for Photography, Oregon,
3. Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, Washington,
4. Tri-Community Photo, Covina, CA,
5. ContactLA, Los Angeles, CA

In Europe:

The North London Darkroom, Tottenham Hale, London
The Gate Darkroom, New Cross Gate, London
Self Color (dig lab), Paris, France
Know of any notable darkrooms we’ve missed? Please let us know at

About the Writer:

Despite having the most advanced gadgets on the market, the U.K.’s Jennifer Birch is an old soul. In fact, she still plays with her grandmother’s Polaroid Autofocus 660 Instant Land Camera, complete with the strap. Contact Jenni on Twitter and G+.

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