SW Darkroom
A community of photographers. Offering equipment and expert assistance, SW Darkroom is a sanctuary to produce exhibition standard work in a spacious and calm environment with minimal distractions.

Choose a service to schedule

Special offers

Membership - £80
Annual membership for SW Darkroom.
-15% off all services



Entire Darkroom Hire_including a techician - £400
Private Darkroom access for whole day (8 hours), including technical assistance as needed. Email info@swdarkroom.com to request specific dates, as we can also reserve entire darkroom hire on days not regularly open.
Meetup! 19 November 2022 B/W Film processing & contact sheet workshop - £40 per person
Meet us at SW Darkroom, 10:00 am for shooting in the area, architectural shots around the old building we inhabit or a walk on Wandsworth Common next to our location. Alternatively, you can turn up just for the film processing and contact sheet portion of the workshop at 2:00 pm. SWD will provide 2 tutors for the day, chemicals, paper and all supplies needed for manual film processing and contact sheets. You can process film shot from the morning walk or bring any film for 2:00 pm session.
Personalised Workshop on any mutually convenient date - £150 (call for appointment)
Scheduled on any mutually convenient date, this five hour workshop will be developed to meet your personal interests and needs .
If you want to work on a specific technique, or you have an interest in experimenting with a particular printing process, we can use our technical knowledge to help you achieve your goals.
Give us a call 07851 643621, so we can talk and consider the best way to help develop your art practice and match you with the best tutor to do so.
Renovation closing times - £100

Darkroom Printing

Black and White Printing, up to 20"x24"(4 hours) - £40
Black and White Darkroom printing up to 20" x 24", choose four hour time slot; 10:00am - 14:00 pm, 14:00 pm - 18:00 pm. Time slot might be shared with one or two others.
Student/member - Black and White Printing, up to 20"x24"(4 hours) - £34
Black/white Darkroom printing up to 20" x 24", choose four hour time slot 10:00am - 14:00 pm or 14:00pm - 18:00 pm.
Black and White Printing up to 20"x24" (Day rate) - £80
Use of darkroom to print up to 20" x 24",
could possibly be shared with one or two others.
Student/Member - Black and White Printing, up to 20"x24"(day rate) - £68
Use of black white darkroom to print up to 20" x 24", could possibly be shared with one or two others.
Colour Printing - 12''x16'' (4 hours) - £40
(Colenta processor) up to 12” x 16”
Student/member - Colour Printing 12''x 16'' (4 hours) - £34
(Colenta processor) up to 12” x 16” prints
Colour printing - 12''x16'' (Day rate) - £80
(Colenta processor) up to 12''x16'' prints
Student/member Colour Printing - 12''x16'' (Day rate) - £68
(Colenta processor) up to 12” x 16” max
Large Format Whole Darkroom Day Rate - £220
Private use of the entire darkroom space for large printing black & white up to 54" inch prints. However, others might be using the Mac workstations or Film Processing areas.
Student/member - Large Format Whole Darkroom Day Rate - £187
Private use of the entire darkroom space for large printing colour and black & white up to 54" inch prints. However, other people may be using the Mac workstations or Film Processing areas.
Technical assistance printing (Half-Day rate) - £75
(Colenta processor) up to 20” x 24” prints

Scanning service

DIY Scanning- Using the Imacon Flextight Precision II - £15
1h scanning with our Flextight Precision II- offers from low res to 3fff files scans
Take your personal HD to save the files once your session is ended

Workshops

Creative Painting Photography Workshop - £100
In this workshop participants will learn how to use paint and acetate to create unique colour photo prints using a technique developed by artist Gerald Curtis over the course of his project Performance into Dyspraxia.
This workshop is designed to embrace experimentation in colour theory and combine paint with the process of colour photography printing to make prints which play with ideas that are used in both photography and painting.
Intro to Black and White Printing- 5h - £110
This five hour intensive course will demonstrate the process of printing from start to finish, including contact sheets, dodging and burning, split grade exposure and determining the strength and weaknesses of your negatives through to final prints/. SW Darkroom will supply all paper and chemistry needed, all you will need to bring are your pre-processed negatives. This course does not cover the process of film development, however you can make arrangements for film processing ahead of the workshop if needed.

Intro to Colour Printing-5h - £110
This five hour intensive workshop will demonstrate colour printing from start to finish, including creating a contact sheet from a set of negatives. You will learn how to correct colour casts from test sheets through to final prints.
SW Darkroom will supply all paper and chemistry needed, all you will need to bring are your pre-processed negatives. This course does not cover the process of film development, however you can make arrangements for film processing ahead of the workshop if needed.

FILM PROCESSING WORKSHOP - £50
In this 2 + hours Workshop you will learn how to load your own film in a Patterson tank (which can load from 35mm up to 4x5 inches sheet films).
We will talk about the different chemistry that allows your images to appear and be fixed on your film's surface. Then we will find solutions, temperature and time to obtain the right standard development for your film stock.
If you are interested in Pushing and pulling we can also mention these two processes and show you the difference in grain and contrast.
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