The Photo Palace Bus Would Be a Mobile Darkroom/Lecture Hall
Two photographers want to convert an old school bus into a darkroom, and take it around the country, showing people the magic of analog photography.
With analog photography falling by the wayside under the eternal march of digital, two photographers are trying to spread the word about the joys of film through a Kickstarter project. The Photo Palace Bus project involves taking an old 1978 35ft school bus, and converting it into a mobile studio, darkroom, and classroom to take on tour around the USA. Photographer Anton Orlov needs to raise $16,000 to get the project off the ground, and the bus conversion looks substantial. It’ll have a darkroom in the back, a teaching area in the front, two VW microbuses bolted onto the roof for living space, and a modular north-light studio that can be extended from either side.
Orlov along with partner Ryan Kalem will drive this incredible monstrosity around the USA on a mission of not just education, but also of documentation, creating a 10,000-negative portrait series about New Americana.
With just over a month before the deadline, the project still needs $14,000, a substantial amount. Donations start as low as $10, which gives you thanks on their website, and stretches all the way up into the many thousands of dollars, which lets you come along on the ride for a couple of weeks.