About

Welcome to Brighton Community Darkroom. It is run on a not-for-profit basis to enable people to have affordable access to a darkroom to develop and print film or to create images using various alternative processes. Darkrooms whether private or commercial have become an endangered species and we hope this darkroom will allow people to carry on or try analogue photography.

Location

We have found new premises in Quebec Street, a turning at the top of Southover Street.

Fees

£25 per month for regular users to be paid by standing order. This includes chemicals. We have a small stock of donated paper, some of which is pretty vintage.

If you would like to become a user please contact us. Users can book sessions via our online booking system.

Facilities

We have a Devere enlarger allowing negatives from 35mm to 5×4 inches to be printed. The darkroom is well-stocked and we have a variety of trays allowing prints up to 20×24 inches to be printed, plus all the usual darkroom paraphernalia, including many Paterson developing tanks, reels etc. Presently the darkroom is set up principally for black and white photography using Ilford chemicals

Our users range from beginners to the very experienced, and all are welcome. For those new to the darkroom or whose skills may be rusty, a simple induction running through the basics can be arranged by one of the volunteers.

Bookings

Bookings are only open to members. To join please contact us.

If you’re already a member: create a booking use the youcanbook.me link you received when you joined.

Community

The darkroom is run by a group of the regular users, we meet on a quarterly basis.

To help us collaborate efficiently on this shared project we have:

  • A Facebook Group.
  • A Google Calendar for scheduling sessions *
  • A Google Drive shared from the brightondarkroom@gmail.com Google account with all the documentation required * (this needs updating for the new darkroom)
  • We also have this web site.

* You’ll need a Google account to access these.

Photo by Victoria Alexander on Unsplash