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We're building a fully-equipped darkroom & processing studio with a mission to keep film alive and accessible in Portland.
We're building a fully-equipped darkroom & processing studio with a mission to keep film alive and accessible in Portland.
287 backers pledged $22,558 to help bring this project to life.

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**Update: Our initial goal is met! Let's keep this momentum going and raise $20,000 to keep film alive & accessible in Portland!

When Newspace Center for Photography unexpectedly closed its doors this July, a hole was torn in the fabric of Portland’s vibrant photo community. After 15 years, Portland no longer had a public-access darkroom, and many film photographers were left suddenly without a place to produce work. Not to be deterred, a core group of Newspace photographers (that’s us!) moved quickly to obtain darkroom equipment, locate a new facility, and start to rebuild what was lost.

Thus, The Portland Darkroom was born.

The past three months have been a long and volunteer-driven process, and we are proud to say we now have the basic framework of The Portland Darkroom in place: a fully-equipped film processing area, a gorgeous eight-enlarger darkroom, and a four-scanner digital lab. Located in the historic North Coast Seed Building, photographers can now utilize the space through monthly memberships with 24/7 facilities access and in mid-October, we’re launching Community Darkroom Nights, where every single Wednesday PDR facilities will be open for anyone to rent.

Our mission is to keep film alive and accessible in Portland. We intend to encourage, nurture, and support the practice of analog photography by providing a meaningful space in which artists can produce work and find community. The Portland Darkroom will serve as a hub for photographers today and an inspiration for the generation of artists to come. It is places like these that help give our city its character, depth, and color.

We are excited about our progress so far, but there's still an incredible amount of work to do. Our Kickstarter campaign will help us:

  • Finish facilities construction.
  • Fill in gaps in our equipment needs (both analog & digital).
  • Ensure the darkroom can be maintained over the coming year.
  • Give PDR the resources and stability to offer programs like workshops, classes, community hours, and artist-in-residence programs.

Thank you for helping to keep film alive– for the dedicated analog photographers of Portland, and for those who have not yet experienced the magic of making a print in the darkroom. Please consider making a donation today to help keep the practice of analog photography alive and accessible in our city. Every bit helps!

Thank you so much. 

 

  

 

Blake Andrews, Untitled

Gelatin Silver Print on Fiber - 11x14"

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Kiki Azim, Untitled

Gelatin Silver Print on Fiber - 11x14"

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Joel Fisher, Untitled #5 (from Agapage; part 18, version 1), 2016

10x8" Gelatin Silver Print, ed. 1/10 + 2 A.P.

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Erika Huffman, Untitled

Gelatin Silver Print on Fiber - 11x14"

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Katharine Jacobs, Untitled

Gelatin Silver Print on Fiber - 11x14"

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Julie Keefe, Boxers

Gelatin Silver Print on Fiber - 11x14"

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Mia Krys, Life of a Woman

Gelatin Silver Print on Fiber - 11x14"

Bobby Abrahamson, Untitled

Gelatin Silver Print on Fiber - 11x14"

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 Zeb Andrews, Untitled

Gelatin Silver Print on Fiber - image printed on 16x20" paper

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Michael McDonald, Untitled

22x17" Archival Ink Print on 100% cotton acid-free fiber paper

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Tal Roberts, Untitled

Gelatin Silver Print on Fiber - image printed on 16x20" paper

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Jake Shivery, Ms. K. Jacobs, NE Cleveland No3

8x10"Contact Print in custom 16x20" frame 

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Mark Welsh, Pipeline

Archival Ink Print - 16x20"

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Chris Bennett, Untitled

Archival Ink Print - 16x20"

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Jim Golden, Camera Collection

Digital Print - 16x20" 

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Robert Lyons, Oxbow-2010, Easthampton, Ma.

Digital inkjet print 17"x22" edition of 12, made for Charles Lane Press

Image captured on 8"x10" film and printed on Fiber Baryta Paper

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The Gathering of the Juggalos, Signed Edition

Dan Cronin

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Risks and challenges

Right now, we have far more applications for memberships than we can currently accept due to financial and facilities restrictions. And that bums us out! We want to grow, but we are committed to growing responsibly. We all experienced first-hand the financial hardships that faced Newspace, and- indeed- any non-profit. We’ve stripped the Newspace model down to its most meaningful essentials. In short, we want to do a few things and do them really well. We want to create and sustain a financially viable space that allows a community of analog photographers to engage with each other and create art. Our next step, with your help, is to start engaging the community at-large through workshops, open darkroom nights, and pop-ups. We’ve always known that this project had its risks, but we all, to a person, believe that The Portland Darkroom is something of inherent value to the community at a time when arts organizations, photo labs, and galleries are routinely closing up shop. We believe that this is something the community will rally behind, and we thank you for your support.

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    PDR Partner

    You'll have your name on The Portland Darkroom's website as a backer, plus our eternal gratitude and the knowledge that you're a crucial part of keeping film photography alive in Portland.

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    Darkroom-Printed Postcard + PDR Sticker

    A hand-printed 4x6” silver gelatin postcard made just for you at The Portland Darkroom, plus a PDR sticker.

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    8x10" Founder Print

    Your choice of an 8x10” inkjet print taken by one of our founders, plus a PDR sticker.

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    Film Processing & Scanning - Workshop

    Sign up for this 3-hour workshop with Aaron & Lauren where you'll learn how to process your own B&W film, and convert your negatives to digital format. Come with a roll of film, leave with Insta-ready images.

    Workshop will take place on a Saturday in January 2018.

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    8x10" Silver Gelatin Print

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    TWO 8x10" Silver Gelatin Prints

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    The Gathering of the Juggalos

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    Film Camera 101 - Workshop

    Ready to give film a try? Professional photographer and PDR co-founder Sam Slater will walk you through through loading your film, SLR basics, and processing your first set of b&w negatives in this 4-hour workshop.

    Workshop will take place on a Saturday in January 2018.

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    FULL SET OF (7) - 8x10" Founder Prints

    Get your hands on the full set of seven (7) inkjet founder prints, all taken by founders of PDR. Founder images below.

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    Katharine Jacobs 11x14" Print

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    Erika Huffman 11x14" Print

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    Julie Keefe 11x14" Print

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    Kiki Azim 11x14" Print

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    Mia Krys 11x14" Print

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    FULL SET OF (7) COLOR FOUNDER PRINTS

    Get your hands on the limited-release full set of inkjet color founder prints, all taken by founders of PDR. Color founder print images in Kickstarter description.

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    Intro to Darkroom - Class

    Brush that dust off your film camera and sign-up for Intro to Darkroom with instructor Lauren Masterson. During four three-hour sessions, you'll learn how to use your SLR camera to take beautiful images, load film, process your own negatives, and print your own images in the darkroom.

    Class sessions will take place on:
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    Class fee includes 2 rolls of 36 exp. black & white film.

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    Bobby Abrahamson 11x14" Print

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    Professional Portrait Session - 1.5 Hour

    A 1.5 hour individual or couples portrait session with professional photographer Aaron Wessling or Christal Angelique at the Portland location of your choice captured entirely on film. You choose, a session in color or B&W - afterwards, you'll get the full set of digital scans!

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    Zeb Andrews 16x20" Print

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    Michael McDonald 16x20" Print

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    Mark Welsh 16x20" Print

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    Tal Roberts 16x20" Print

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    Jake Shivery 8x10" Print *Framed*

    Thank you for supporting photographers! You will receive a limited edition 8x10" contact print from Jake Shivery in a custom 16x20" frame.

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    Chris Bennett 16x20" Print

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    Jim Golden 16x20" Print

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    Robert Lyons 17x22" Print

    Thank you for supporting photographers! You will receive a limited edition print from Robert Lyons. This image was originally made for Charles Lane Press, and is available only through The Portland Darkroom Kickstarter.

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