darkroom

by Darkroom in London, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 23rd October 2017 we successfully raised £7,915 with 157 supporters in 49 days

Creating an accessible darkroom facility for photographers to print their work. Providing workshops and training for those eager to learn.

by Darkroom in London, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

We are very grateful to all our wonderful supporters who have demonstrated their belief in us with donations both large and small. Thanks to them we have reached our initial target of £7000.

Before the deadline tonight we now want to stretch this total beyond the £8000 mark. As you may be aware we lost a load of valuable equipment destined for Darkroom in a warehouse fire last month. Any extra money we manage to raise is going towards replacing this.

Look down the back of the sofa, there's bound to be a few quid that you could send our way!

Thank you so much

The Darkroom Team


Woop! Woop!! 

We've reached our target and now we're  

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We are looking for extra pledges and donations to help us replace equipment intended for our darkroom that was lost in a warehouse fire last month. The clock's ticking... You have until 19.00 on 23.10.2017.

Analogue photography is not dead!  

It is experiencing an exciting renaissance which we want to support.

 

What It Is

darkroom is a group of photographers, passionate about traditional processes, who want to create a vibrant hub in north London where like-minded analogue enthusiasts can access darkroom facilities to print their own work.

 

Look around and you’ll see more and more people with film cameras, but the number of labs able to process film is dwindling fast and the opportunities for people to experience the buzz of printing their own images is almost non-existent. Because we know there is a demand for this kind of facility, our team have already invested in acquiring most of the equipment we need and found the premises in Camden Town to put it in. Now we’re launching this campaign so we can complete the fit-out and fund some extra equipment we still need.

 

At the end of the day, setting up a darkroom is an expensive business and requires dedicated space, two things that many people just don’t have. This communal workspace will be comprehensively equipped so that photographers can simply walk in and start working.

The darkroom facility will also offer a range of courses and workshops. For those just starting out on their analogue adventure we will be teaching the skills required to get their images from camera to paper. While for those with greater experience we will provide the opportunity to explore more advanced specialist techniques. We plan to have something for everybody. 

This space will offer a range of enlargers that members can hire by the session along with all the additional equipment needed to complete the job.

What You Can Do

We are now appealing for your help to create this community for analogue photographers. Take a look at some of the fantastic rewards we are offering in exchange for your financial pledge. There are loads more in the buttons to the right, including memberships, workshops and discounts at darkroom, check those out too. 

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We also have all these amazing one-off rewards on offer in exchange for your financial pledge. These are only available via the darkroom website.

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Do you fancy any of these? Then get your skates on, because there is only one of each! Remember these one-offs are only available via the darkroom website.

Should you want any further information about any of the rewards or further details about darkroom, please don't hesitate to contact us: [email protected]

If you are unable to make a financial pledge you can still help by sharing information about our campaign with your family, friends and colleagues.

http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/darkroom/ 

Who We Are

darkroom is a collective of analogue enthusiasts led by Verdi Yahooda and Philip Grey .

Verdi is an artist and photographer. Her area of expertise lies with analogue photography and darkroom processes. She has exhibited at The Photographers Gallery, London; John Hansard Gallery, Southampton; Ffotogallery, Cardiff; The Ein Harod Museum, Israel; Yale Center for British Art, USA. She has taught and delivered workshops in Jerusalem, Istanbul and Malaysia. She has produced five artists’ books and been published in journals including Creative Camera, Source magazine, European Photography, Aperture. 

Phil has worked as a photographer for over forty years, specialising in performance, still life and portraits. He has also lectured at London Guildhall; London Metropolitan and is currently Head of Photography at Regent’s University, London. Exhibits have included: National Portrait Gallery; Royal Society, Bath; OnoArte Contemporanea, Bologna. He has published in the New Musical Express; The Face; The Guardian; Time Out. 

Come and join us

"It's an exciting time to be setting up a darkroom and offering this opportunity"                      Brett Rogers                                                                                                                                                        Director, Photographers' Gallery

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Public thanks on Facebook, Twitter, Darkroom website, etc.

£20 or more

£20 Reward

A roll of 35mm black and white film + your name on our founders’ wall. Just the thing to get your analogue photography started.

£20 or more

24 of 50 claimed

£20 Reward

A set of six postcards of Phil Grey’s rock shots + your name on our founders’ wall. Classic live images of Blondie, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, The Clash, The Specials, and Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders)

£20 or more

6 of 10 claimed

£20 Reward

A set of six postcards by Verdi Yahooda + your name on our founders’ wall. Facsimile copies of images from 'Romilly's Tools: an incomplete set'

£25 or more

1 of 5 claimed

£25 Reward

Get your Lomo ready! 2 Roll variety pack of 35mm film - I Fujichrome colour transparency + 1 Kodak TMax 100 black and white (please note this is expired film, ideal for Lomography experimentation) + your name on our founders wall.

£30 or more

6 of 15 claimed

£30 Reward

Ian Wiblin’s monograph ‘Nightwatch’. First edition. Published by Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, 1996. Soft cover. An opportunity to acquire a signed copy of this out of print first edition. Ian Wiblin’s exquisite collection of nocturnal photographs taken in and around Cambridge whilst an artist in residence in that city.

£30 or more

2 of 5 claimed

£30 Reward

Get your Lomo ready! 2 Rolls of 120mm Rollei Infrared film. (please note this is expired film ideal for Lomography experimentation) + your name on our founders wall.

£40 or more

10 of 100 claimed

£40 Reward

A limited edition darkroom postcard and darkroom T shirt + your name on our founders’ wall. A hand-printed, individually numbered limited edition 6” x 4” black and white postcard and one of our highly desirable black cotton Tees with the distinctive Darkroom logo.

£40 or more

6 of 10 claimed

£40 Reward

Verdi Yahooda’s artist’s book: 'Romilly's Tools: An Incomplete Set'. First edition. Published by TRACE Editions, London (2010) + set of postcards + your name on our founders’ wall. Individually numbered (from edition of 500) and signed by the photographer. This book brings together three sets of images of bookbinding tools, photographed in the bindery of Romilly Saumarez Smith in 1986. Includes an essay written by Charles Saumarez Smith.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Invitation to our opening party + A roll of 35mm black and white film + your name on our founders’ wall. Come along and see our wonderful new darkroom set-up. Shoot your roll of film and bring it with you for processing.

£50 or more

3 of 5 claimed

£50 Reward

Verdi Yahooda’s artist’s book: 'Principle of Uncertainty'. First edition. Published to accompany a touring exhibition in 1999 + set of postcards + your name on our founders’ wall. Individually numbered (from an edition of 500) and signed by the photographer. Images juxtaposing a desert landscape with interior spaces of a displaced community and the abandoned tools of an archaeological excavation.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

A roll of black and white film + processing and contact sheet + 1 x 10” x 8” print + your name on our founders’ wall. The perfect way to get your darkroom juices flowing. Shoot your roll of film and send it back to us for processing. We’ll return your negatives with a contact sheet and 10” x 8” print. When you see the result you’ll want to join up and do it for yourself!

£50 or more

£50 Reward

5 x £10 discount vouchers off darkroom printing sessions + your name on our founders’ wall. Planning to join darkroom? Use these vouchers to give yourself, or a friend, discounted access to your first five printing sessions.

£50 or more

6 of 50 claimed

£50 Reward

A half-day darkroom taster session for those with some printing experience + your name on our founders’ wall. Perfect for potential members who want to know what working at Darkroom will be like. This half-day session will count as your induction if you decide to join Darkroom. Bring your negatives and make some prints. We’ll supply the paper and chemistry. This supervised session is only suitable for those with some prior printing experience.

£50 or more

0 of 4 claimed

£50 Reward

Get your Lomo ready! 7 Roll variety pack of 120mm film - I each Kodak Ektachrome 100 & 160 colour transparency, Kodak Portra 160 & 400 colour negative + 1 each Ilford PanF, FP4 & XP2 black and white negative (please note this is expired film, ideal for Lomography experimentation) + your name on our founders wall.

£60 or more

£60 Reward

1 years’ darkroom membership (Resin Coated) + a roll of 35mm black and white film + your name on our founders’ wall. Did you know there are 13 months in a year? This reward gives an extra month on your first years' darkroom membership and we’ll throw in a roll of film to get you started.

£100 or more

4 of 10 claimed

£100 Reward

Limited edition 10” x 8” silver bromide fibre-based print: Debbie Harry, Roundhouse 1978. Signed by Philip Grey + your name on our founders’ wall. An exclusive darkroom edition of this iconic image of the Blondie singer taken during the band’s first major UK tour at London’s Roundhouse, round the corner from darkroom. Each archival quality print is individually numbered and signed by the photographer.

£100 or more

£100 Reward

£50 discount off annual darkroom membership + 5 x £10 discount vouchers off darkroom printing sessions + your name on our founders’ wall. The perfect start-up reward for the photographer looking to embrace the darkroom experience.

£100 or more

7 of 10 claimed

£100 Reward

Introduction to basic black and white printing and darkroom practice workshop. Are you new to this analogue world, shooting film and getting it processed, but keen to experience the magic of printing your own photographs? Or a photographer who has spent time in the darkroom and wants to reconnect? Either way, this one-day workshop with experienced teacher and printer Philip Grey will get you up and running and ready for future darkroom sessions.

£250 or more

3 of 5 claimed

£250 Reward

Limited edition 16 x 12 silver bromide fibre-based print: Debbie Harry, Roundhouse 1978. Signed by Philip Grey + your name on our founders’ wall. (5) An exclusive darkroom edition of this iconic image of the Blondie singer taken during the band’s first major UK tour at London’s Roundhouse, round the corner from darkroom. Each archival quality print is individually numbered and signed by the photographer.

£250 or more

£250 Reward

1 years’ darkroom membership (Silver Bromide) + 1 free printing session + Invitation to our opening party + Your name on our founders’ wall. Hit the ground running with this reward, which gives access to darkroom and you get your first printing session free. Includes: • 10% Discount on darkroom sessions • 10% Discount on darkroom courses Note: this is only suitable for photographers with prior darkroom experience.

£250 or more

0 of 6 claimed

£250 Reward

Limited edition 11" x 14" silver bromide fibre-based print: Pink Floyd’s The Wall + your name on our founders’ wall. Produced to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the film, David Appleby’s never seen before image offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the making of The Wall, featuring a scene that was deleted from the film's original cut. Hand-printed from the original negative by Tara Renee of Silverbase at Film Solutions at Pinewood Studios.

£350 or more

£350 Reward

Studio digital portrait session with 2 A4 prints + your name on our founders’ wall. Your opportunity to get a proper studio portrait. The session will be in our partner studio 2 Illife Yard, and will include make-up and refreshments. You will walk away with a set of portraits from which you will be able to select two A4 prints.

£500 or more

0 of 2 claimed

£500 Reward

A one-day one-to-one introduction to basic black and white printing session with Phil Grey + Cordon Bleu picnic lunch + your name on our founders’ wall. Darkroom founder Phil Grey will show you how to process a roll of film that you will have taken in advance. From the contact sheet of those negatives you will choose an image to print and be able to take away at the end of the day. Materials and lunch are included. No prior experience necessary.

£500 or more

0 of 5 claimed

£500 Reward

A half-day photogram session for you and five friends + your name on our founders’ wall. Man Ray pioneered this process in the 1920s, where objects are placed directly onto paper which is exposed to light. The result are enigmatic, often surreal images that are totally unique. If you’re looking for a new experience for you and group of friends or family, this is it! The session includes all materials. No prior darkroom experience necessary.

£500 or more

£500 Reward

Studio analogue portrait session with film, contact sheets and 2 hand printed 10” x 8” prints + your name on our founders’ wall. Your opportunity to get a proper studio portrait and a couple of exquisite archival black and white 10” x 8”s. The session will be in our partner studio 2 Illife Yard, and will include make-up and refreshments. You will be sent contact sheets from which you will be able to select two images to be printed.

£1,000 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£1,000 Reward

1 years’ darkroom membership (Platinum) + 1 free printing session + Invitation to our opening party + A darkroom T shirt + Your name on our founders’ wall. Planning to become a regular user of darkroom? Our top-of-the-range membership includes: • Two free darkroom sessions a month • 10% Discount on darkroom courses • 10% Discount on studio bookings at 2 Iliffe Yard Note: this is only suitable for photographers with prior darkroom experience.

£1,000 or more

£1,000 Reward

A one-day Introduction to basic black and white printing session + Cordon Bleu picnic lunch (for you and four friends) + your name on our founders’ wall. Darkroom founder Phil Grey will show you how to process films that you will have taken in advance. From the contact sheet of those negatives you will choose images to print and be able to take away at the end of the day. Materials and lunch are included. No prior experience necessary.

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