Darkroom

"When you photograph people in colour, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in Black and white, you photograph their souls!"
- Ted Grant

The darkroom is available and open to everyone - regardless of their experience - whether you are an experienced darkroom practitioner or have never used a darkroom before.



  • We recommend that beginners undertake one of our darkroom workshops to enable them to reach an independent level prior to working alone in the darkroom.
  • Workshops are available or you may book a private tutorial as part of your first session.
  • By booking your first session - and not undertaking a workshop or booking a private tutorial - you indicate that you have the required experience to work independently.
  • Prices below are for individual unsupervised use.
  • To book one-to-one supervised use of the darkroom get in touch for prices. Alternatively check out our workshops to book a training course.



How to access the black and white darkroom facilities for the first time Introductory session.

There is no annual membership required at Darkroom Birmingham.

New darkroom users pay an initial fee of £25 before their first session. (Payment details see below).

This provides you with a one hour induction plus your first three hours individual printing time which have to be utilised directly after your induction. Therefore you need to be able to commit to four hours in total for your first printing session.

The induction plus three hours printing sessions are on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday mornings from 10am to 2pm.

The induction covers the key signing procedure (proof of identity required) health and safety, building and darkroom procedures and familiarises the user with the space and equipment.

It is not a darkroom printing instruction or refresher course. It is for people who have printing experience and can go on to work by themselves without particular guidance or support.

Proof of identity:

1) A photo ID - such as a passport or driving license

2) Proof of address a recent utility bill with your address on.

Bookings and payment:

Introductory sessions and subsequent darkroom bookings can be arranged either by;

Phone: 07779 159217

Email: info@some-cities.org.uk

Payment for introductory sessions and darkroom time is in advance. Payment is by Paypal (using the above email address) cash, bank transfer:

Bank: Cooperative

Account name: D E Burwood

Account number: 10366213

Sort code: 08-93-00

Introductory session plus three hours printing - £25.00

Darkroom printing time - the more hours you buy the lower the hourly cost.

Once purchased you can use the hours as you wish over a series of bookings for up to 6 months.

3 hours - £15.00 (£5.00 per hour)

6 hours - £25.00 (£4.17 per hour)

12 hours - £40.00 (£3.33 per hour)

24 hours - £60.00 (£2.50 per hour)

  1. Cancellations will be accepted up to 24 hours before the time of the booking.
  2. People who cancel on the day - or do not show up - will be charged.
  3. Sessions include paper chemicals - you must provide your own printing paper, and we recommend you use your own film developer.

Darkroom time can be booked by the session, or multiple sessions at least 24 hours in advance.

Opening Times:

Monday (or by appointment)

Closed

Tuesday to Saturday (unsupervised)

11am to 10pm

Sunday

11am - 6pm

Please note; darkrooms sessions finish after the drying of the prints is completed.

Age

This darkroom is open to participants 16 and above

Prior Experience

None

Numbers

Maximum number of participants is 6 per session

Concessions / Discounts

Discounts are available to the unwaged, students and OAP's - proof is required of your status at the first session. Please get in touch for the discount code.

Access

Please note: this course takes place in an upstairs room accessed via a staircase

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Details:

Payment for introductory sessions and darkroom time is in advance. Payment is by Paypal cash or bank transfer:

Bank: Cooperative

Account name: D E Burwood

Account number: 10366213

Sort code: 08-93-00

Introductory session plus three hours printing - £25.00

Darkroom printing time - the more hours you buy the lower the hourly cost.

Once purchased you can use the hours as you wish over a series of bookings for up to 6 months.

Over via Paypal using our email address:

info@some-cities.org.uk

Photo Copyright: Nic Redhead