At a time when many darkrooms seem to be under threat, it is great to be able to announce that a new one has been built. I teach at Kensington and Chelsea College and, after much negotiation, the final stages of a new build black and white darkroom are finally here.
It will open on November 4th with a special event on November 6th and features:
- Enlarging from 35mm, 6×4.5, 6×6 and 6×7 (120) formats using diffusion and condenser enlargers.
- Processing and contact printing for all 35mm and 120 formats and small tank processing of 5” x 4” film using a MOD 54 system.
- Film scanning of 35mm, 35mm panoramic, 6×4.5, 6×6, 6×7 and 6×9 (120) formats to 4800 dpi.
- Dedicated light room area for toning, mounting, trimming and re-touching.
- RC paper drying with fibre glass screens and rotary dryer for fibre paper.
- Filtaire cleanroom air filtration avoiding the problems of conventional extraction.
- Ametek water filtration on all sinks.
- Wheelchair accessible light trap to main darkroom (yes, there are two!).
A range of darkroom courses will also be run from basic film processing right through to alternative processes, I will be teaching a number of them so am looking forward to sharing my knowledge and experience.
The darkroom is designed from the ground up with emphasis on making a smooth and logical workflow, I hope (as I designed it), right through the processing and printing stages. But much more than that, it locks in a commitment to black and white analogue photography be it from Lomo or Holga, new Fuji rangefinders or many of the millions of Pentax, Olympus, Minolta, Nikon and Canon film cameras out there.
I don’t have any pictures of it yet, because it is still being built, but hope to post some up by the end of October. Keep in touch if you want to print!