BRIGHT ROOMS will offer a modern darkroom experience built to champion re engagement with analogue printing and celebrate the craft of photography. Our open access darkroom will be based in Peckham Rye at the Peckham Levels. Further to the darkroom we will build a program of events, exhibitions, talks, workshops and educational outreach.
Learn to print by hand! Our darkroom is being carefully designed for ease of use. It will be beautifully built and capable of producing any size print. We will have a range of memberships to suit everybody and maximise accessibility. Courses for beginners and professional photographers will provide everything from a hands-on introduction to analogue photography to masterclasses in printing technique, alternative processes, film developing, liquid light and many more. We want to enable new and experienced photographers to print with a work flow that incorporates digital technology with analogue practice.
At a time when universities are decommissioning darkrooms, and reducing their commitment to hands-on experiential learning, we want to ensure there is a future for the darkroom in the 21st century. Join us and help create a new hub of photography in London.
Photographer Charlie Phillips on the importance of darkroom practice.
We have signed the lease on a 82 sq metre space in the vibrant Peckham Levels, South London. We have sourced all of the De Vere enlargers we need. Now we're raising the funds to build an entirely bespoke darkroom and bring you the finest photographic printing and learning experience. We are not only raising funds to build the darkroom but to also purchase the following equipment:
- DE VERE 504's & 5108's Black & White and Colour Heads
- VERSALAB Archival Print Washers
- ILFOLAB processor to develop prints automatically
- HEIDELBERG scanners for prints up to 12"x18"
- Pressurised air system for cleaning negatives
The darkroom will include spacious private working stations, a custom built developing and washing area and a large area for cutting or organising negatives or hand developing film, brand new drying racks and all the other hardware essential you would expect from a 21st century darkroom.
With very few photographers making prints we want to make sure there is always a creative space for the darkroom print. Our rewards include prints from the masters, courses, sponsorships and much more and with your help we can acquire the last few remaining pieces of equipment.
Our members make the Bright Rooms brighter.
The affordable darkroom will allow members to grow within a community of photographers and printers. We are here to provide you with a professional, accessible, informed experience. We want the Bright Rooms to promote intergenerational sharing of knowledge by providing excellent facilities that excite newcomers and professional practitioners alike.
The Bright Rooms will foster a community and support its members, giving access to both the hardware and the know how.
BRIGHT ROOMS was invited to the Brighton Festival as part of Kate Tempest's vision for bringing art and narrative together. We wanted anyone and everyone to use the camera as a pencil and the contact sheet as the story. We built a darkroom and created a space that not only functioned as print space but also as a teaching space suitable for all ages. When we closed the pop-up Bright Room in Brighton we knew that we should develop this new darkroom concept. Not just a darkroom but a community, a hub where photography is celebrated, enjoyable and accessible.
The darkroom, at the heart of what we do, should embody our commitment to photography. Bright Rooms will primarily be an inspiring place to work and learn, we're putting the upmost effort into the design of the space to maximise ease of use within an environment that is a pleasure to be in. We believe that now is the time to give analogue photography the refresh it deserves.
BRIGHT ROOMS needs your support. We would like all photographers to experience printing from negatives. We have talks we'd love you to hear and we'd like to share the work of our photographers. Your pledge ensures that analogue practice is forward thinking and we not only retain the best of the past but the best of our moments today. We believe in the BRIGHT ROOMS and the time is right to bolster the upsurge in analogue interest with a new photographic destination. The love for analogue photography is steadily growing and we can see this in industry figures, new production of film, paper, cameras and the thriving second hand market. There is certainly the space and desire for a modern darkroom in London and with your help the BRIGHT ROOMS will fill that gap.
Risks and challenges
As with all creative and culturally important projects this one is not without its risks. We are working hard and drawing on our pooled experiences, to mitigate against risks such as locked-in building quotes and a simple construction plan. Our biggest risk is that funding is not secured. We need to meet our funding target of £11,000 or we get nothing, so please give what you can. If you have any questions at all you can reach us via the button below.
If you’re unable to pledge yourselves but believe in what we are doing, please send the link to our project to friends, family or colleagues that might be able to. You can also use things like facebook, instagram and twitter to share our project with your networks.
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