If you’re the sort of person who shoots film and wants to do their own developing, tracking down a fully fledged darkroom is getting harder all the time. If you’re up for it, you might be able to set one up in your own home, but it probably won’t match the facilities of a dedicated space, and if you’re just starting out, that’s a daunting and expensive task. But a new website called Local Darkroom from the folks at Harman/Ilford is trying to help with that, by letting photographers know what the local darkrooms are in their area.
The global website will show you public darkrooms near you, as well as private darkrooms that might be willing to open their space to outsiders. And if there aren’t any on the map nearby, you can put up a request, and hope that a kindly soul in your town will open their doors.
On the flip side, if you have access to a darkroom already, please consider throwing it up on Local Darkroom — the more people using the site, the better. Anything that can help foster more interest and more facilities among film photographers is a good thing. And if you can teach someone how to develop and print, then all the better.