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The Darkroom

Our darkroom features over 1200 square feet of dedicated darkroom space.

During your visit, you will have an array of enlargers to select from. 

A negative dryer and print dryers are also available. 

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The Living Room

Talk shop and share ideas about art and photography over coffee in the living room. We have a library of photography books, free wifi, comfy chairs and a vinyl player. 

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The Darkroom

Beyond our living room is our main working space. 

We have 8 enlargers that you can use during your time with us. We can print 35mm, medium format and Large Format images. 

Our wet side is fully equipped with photo-chemicals. Use our stash or bring your own. Trays and PPE are available in the lab. 

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Our Equipment

Here is a list of the enlargers that we currently have:

Belfort Instrument COEN-91-B

Beseler Cadet II

Beseler Universal Colorhead

Beseler23-C Series II

A Negative Dryer and Print Dryers are available for your convenience. 

A large selection of tanks, reels, easels and filters are available to the community. 

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Color Processing

We are able to assist you with processing your color film. Please let us know in advance if you plan on bringing color film.

This will allow us to prepare the proper setup for you. 

Scanning services are now available!

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Safety

Please take a moment to review our safety guidelines.

By following these safety guidelines, you can help ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone in the darkroom

818 Community Darkroom Safety Guidelines

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

    • Always wear safety goggles or glasses when working with chemicals.

    • Wear nitrile gloves when handling chemicals.

    • Wear closed-toe shoes and long pants to protect your skin.

    • Tie back long hair to prevent it from getting caught in equipment.

  • Chemical Handling

    • Always add acid to water, never water to acid.

    • Use the least toxic chemicals available.

    • Be aware of the hazards of the chemicals you are using.

    • Read and follow the manufacturer's instructions for all chemicals.

    • Dispose of waste chemicals properly.

  • Good Housekeeping

    • Keep the darkroom clean and tidy.

    • Wipe up spills immediately.

    • Store chemicals properly.

    • Do not eat, drink, or smoke in the darkroom.

  • Emergency Procedures

    • Know the location of the nearest eyewash station and safety shower.

    • Be familiar with the emergency procedures for the darkroom.

    • In the event of an accident, report it to a staff member immediately.

  • General Safety

    • Be aware of your surroundings and take care not to trip or fall.

    • Do not use equipment that is malfunctioning.

    • Report any unsafe conditions to a staff member immediately.

  • Additional Guidelines for Minors

    • Minors must be supervised by an adult at all times.

    • Minors must follow all safety guidelines.

    • Minors must not handle any chemicals without adult supervision.

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