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BRIGHT ROOMS will be a membership based darkroom offering open access courses for all abilities, talks & events.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Thanks for your interest so far, and keep an eye on this page for updates.

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    THANK YOU! on all Socials

    Everything helps in bringing the Bright Rooms to life. Thank you very much! A donation this small comes with our immediate thanks on Instagram!

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    MERCH: Bright Rooms Film

    A thank you, a badge and a hand spooled roll of Kodak Direct Duplicating Microfilm 2468. This 35mm film is ultra rare and is best rated at ASA 8 but produces a positive image with virtually no grain.

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    PRINT: Any Eddie Otchere Contact

    A black and white 12/10inch signed contact sheet. You can cherry pick any shoot as seen on his @dhagren Instagram account. Go on, order something obscure, that'll piss him off.

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    COURSE: Caffenol Club

    Where we mix coffee and film, literally, every morning and contact print the results. Together we develop and process with Caffenol, our very own coffee based developer. Join us, they'll be pastries too.

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    EVENT: Photographer Liz Johnson-Artur

    This is a real coup. Esteemed photographer Liz Johnson-Artur in conversation with her printer Klaus Kalde. Its going to be a really intimate affair held in our space. Only 25 tickets available.

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    MERCH: Bright Room T-Shirt & Tote Bag!

    The beautiful BR logo, designed by Cat Sims, screen printed tote! Paired with a Black on White or White on Black cotton T-shirt with the large, Cat Sims designed, Bright Room Logo. Wear it and be bright!

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    COURSE: Pin Hole Magic!

    Shoot on modern pin hole cameras, using 120 film. With a pin hole camera you can produce wonderfully ethereal images whilst learning the fundamentals of light and photography. Its a really great day perfect for groups of friends or expanding you knowledge of light.

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    EVENT: Notting Hill w/ Charlie Phillips

    Photographer Charlie Phillips takes you on a walking tour of Notting Hill, the scene of his formative years as a photographer. Take photographs with him, have lunch and no doubt meet some of his friends and hear plenty of stories! We've scheduled this for April so, hopefully, we'll have a Notting Hill Spring day! Groups of 8 so it'll be an intimate experience.

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    PRINT: Eddie Otchere Postcards

    With this reward you choose either a London pack which features artists captured in London or the New York pack which features artist captured in New York. The London pack features the Method Man, Aaliyah, Damian Marley, Gregory Porter and Outkast all captured in London. The New york pack features Black Star, Mobb Deep, Pharoahe Monch, Mary J Blige and Jay Z, all captured in New York. These prints are printed from negative directly onto Ilfords black and white postcard paper.

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    COURSE: Love Film, Love Developing

    Your shooting film but your not processing. Now learn how to develop it yourself to close that loop. All chemicals included, just turn up with your black and white film and go home with it developed along with the contact sheet.

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    Bright Rooms Day Pass

    Pick your day, bring your negatives, bring your paper. Lets build.

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    COURSE: Analogue Experience

    Get a camera, shoot film, process and make your first print in the form of a contact sheet. Based on the highly successful workshop run during the Brighton Festival, participants will join us, have a short talk on the cameras and film they will be using on the day then head off for one hour & shoot their film return and make their first print.

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    EVENT: Lu Bowan Portfolio Masterclass

    Having spent years editing books, archiving photographers work and commissioning campaigns Lu Bowan is in a unique position to offer advice on how to present your work and let you know what clients want to see. A valuable hour spent getting your portfolio to do you justice.

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    COURSE: Liquid Light Emulsional Course

    Paint with Liquid Light onto paper or canvas and thats where you photography will appear. Super fun creating beautiful images. Take a look at our Instagram and you'll get the idea!

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    COURSE: A day of Printing

    Spend a day learning to print in our darkroom, assisted a member of the dark room team and leave with a solid foundation from which to build your printing skills. All chemistry included & paper at cost.

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    SPONSOR: A Camera

    Have your name engraved on a Bright Rooms course camera! You'll enable countless people to enjoy and experience the beauty of analogue photography. Our friends at Films Not Dead are sourcing the best cameras for our courses.

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    COURSE: Beach Street Photography

    The camera, the negative and the print. With vintage cameras on hand, you'll spend the day shooting locations in Brighton, hitting the streets and creating your urban stories. We'll process your film and print you a contact sheet.

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    One Months Membership

    Thats £1.90 per hour! Come and enjoy the darkroom and be the first through the doors. This membership gives you 18 hrs per week, 72 hours for the month. Works as a great gift as well !

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    SPONSOR: Your brand, our wall

    Your name or brand emblazoned on our outside wall! And a big thanks!

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    COURSE: Masterclass with Danny Pope

    Master printer Danny Pope will fly to London from Italy and share his philosophy, 'the analogue feel.'

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    EARLY BIRD 3 MONTH MEMBERSHIP!

    A whopping 20% discount of our standard membership that gives you 72hrs in the darkroom per month. A great present & only 12 available.

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    PRINT: Eddie Otchere Box Set

    Same signed edition set as the LONDON postcards but produced on 16/20" paper Ilford's cool tone black and white paper. Edition features the Method Man, Aaliyah, Outkast, Gregory Porter, Roots Manuva all captured in London. The same box set can also be produced with portraits captured in NEW YORK but produced on 16/20" Ilford warmtone black and white paper. The edition features Otchere's most iconic hip hop portraits; Black Star, Mobb Deep, Pharoahe Monch, Mary J Blige and Jay Z. Buyers are invited to darkroom on the day of printing and receive them fresh out of the press.

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    PRINT: Photogravure by Peter Bennet

    Master printer Peter Bennet (Lazaridies, Atelier Ji) has made a very special edition of the Biggie Smalls print made famous by street artist OBEY. A photogravure print is no ordinary print, this is primarily because it's a type of print from the earliest days of photography. A print made from an acid etched plate, printed on to hand made somerset paper utilising black and gold inks. These unique fine art prints are co-signed and produced by master printer Pete Bennet. They are really very beautiful.

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    Analogue Portrait Session & Prints

    The beauty of traditional photography portraiture is that it captures the spirit like nothing else. We'll come to you and spend an afternoon shooting portraits in an informal, friendly documentary manner and then deliver the best shots hand printed on archival paper to last forever. This is great for the family or as a gift for someone close. Your very welcome to visit us at the darkroom and see how the prints were made afterwards!

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    EARLY BIRD 6 MONTH MEMBERSHIP

    A whopping 25% discount on our standard membership giving you 72 hrs per month. Be quick only 6 available!

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    PRINT: (How Great..) Charlie Phillips

    A signed 20/16 black and white artist proof from Charlie Phillips's 'How Great Thou Art' exhibition about Afro Carribbean funerals in London. He visual contributions to British culture has been well documented and what is so haunting about this print is his contribution to the photographic print as a memento mori.

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    PRINT: Wu Tang Clan by Eddie Otchere

    Nine, that's right! All nine original members of the Wu Tang Clan. Each portrait is framed old as a complete set of 16/20inch artist proofs taken from 'The Icons of Wu' exhibition. Perfectly suited for a boardroom or a chapel. There is only 1 of these sets available.

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    Bright Rooms POP-UP STUDIO!

    Perfect for parties or events. The Bright Rooms team will come to your place of work or event and build a pop up studio where our photographers will shoot portraits and gropus on film using 35mm and medium format cameras. In the spirit of old school studios our pop up is loads of fun creating a real buzz and afterwards you'll receive handmade prints to keep for the workplace or home or gift to friends, staff and clients. And if anyone want to have a taste of using these cameras they are more than welcome to get involved!

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    PRINT: Khalik Allah Diptych

    A double portrait presented as two 20/16inch fibre based darkroom prints. This edition is a rare instant where the photographer prints the diptych by hand in a darkroom in Peckham. Taken on the streets of New York. This double portrait is unusual because it's a black and white image captured during the day and embodies a tenderness that foils the hard stark and dark images of his body of work created at night and in colour. This edition features 2 prints, both signed and created in our darkroom.

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    PRINT: Jimi Hendrix by Terence Donovan

    This rare Cibachrome print was created by printer Danny Pope. Danny asked Terence Donovan whether he could make this print from the original transparency and Terence agreed. This print is unique, the only cibachrome ever made as such the colours pop in ways that words cannot describe. The print is 20/16 inches. Viewing by appointment.

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    PRINT: Malcolm X by Eve Arnold

    A signed gift from photographer Eve Arnold to her cibachrome printer Danny Pope of her iconic portrait of Malcolm X. The photograph is a silver gelatin fibre based print made in the early 90's for her retrospective at The Barbican in London, sized at the print is 12/16 in. Viewing by appointment.

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    WOW! A Lifetimes Membership

    For all your years on Earth you will always have the Bright Rooms as your darkroom and us as you friends. A lifetimes membership for the price of a few years, includes your name engraved on an enlarger and a seat at the table as a member of the board of trustees. We fully intend to open further Bright Rooms in the future and you will have full access to all.

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    CORPORATE SPONSOR

    Your logo will appear as a sponsor next to ours outside and inside the darkroom as well as on all event and publicity material and social media advertising for the first year. 5 free tickets will be reserved for your staff at all events during the first year. Your company staff will also enjoy a 50% discount on any courses. And we'll open up the darkroom for three times in the first year JUST FOR YOU! We'll run a course or host events just for your company or team. Or you can choose to have us come to you and create a pop up darkroom or studio in your offices. Make your mark on the Bright Rooms and help spread the love of photography & analogue printing!

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