Black & White and Colour Darkrooms

At Photofusion we are committed to providing the best possible photographic printing resources and services for those wanting to produce quality black and white traditional hand prints. Our rental darkroom continues to be one of the best-equipped in the country, offering affordable access to top quality equipment for both black & white and colour negative printing, along with expert advice and assistance from our vastly experienced team of technicians.

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Opening times

Monday Closed Closed
Tuesday 11:00 – 17:00 Closed
Wednesday 11:00 – 17:00 Closed
Thursday 11:00 – 17:00 18:00 – 22:00
Friday 11:00 – 17:00 Closed
Saturday 11:00 – 17:00 Closed
Sunday Closed Closed

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Prices (inc. VAT)

Non-member Full Member Student Member
Daytime (6 hrs) £40 £32 £27
Evening (4 hrs) £28 £22 £22
Saturday (6 hrs) £40 £32 £27

Please note:
The darkrooms are now closed on Mondays.

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Further information

Please note that you cannot process your own films at Photofusion. Our darkroom is only for the printing your own negatives. However, we do offer a very competitive film processing service.

When using the Photofusion darkroom for the first time, users will undergo a short induction into the equipment and practices, and the technicians will be available for support and advice throughout the session. Click here for more info on our darkroom inductions.

Photofusion stocks resin-coated paper available to buy. Users are expected to supply their own photographic paper, cans of air, gloves, lupes etc. Photofusion supplies all chemistry but anyone wishing to use their own developer needs to make this known at the time of booking.

Please note
The maximum colour print size is 20×24″ and the maximim B&W print size is 20×16″.

Technical Specifications

The Photofusion darkroom provides an air-conditioned space for the archival tray processing and washing of traditional fibre-based prints up to a maximum size of 20×16 inches. There are four black & white enlargers fitted with Ilford 500 Multigrade diffuser lightsources, with lenses and negative masks to enable the printing of all film formats from 35mm up to 5×4” (as well as specialist masks for the printing of black borders if required). The adjacent members’ room also contains machine dryers for both fibre and resin papers as well as custom built fibreglass mesh racks for the archival air drying of fibre-based papers.

The darkroom also houses three dedicated colour enlargers, each in its own light-tight room with daylight balanced viewing facilities – the members’ room and corridor also have daylight balanced lighting to aid with colour assessment. Two of these enlargers are fitted with Advena 5×4” heads with electronic filter control, whilst the third room contains a De Vere 10×8” colour light source. All three enlargers are floor-standing, affording the opportunity to produce prints of up to 20×24 inches in size, which are processed through another Colenta 20 inch RA-4 processor, producing dry prints in 4½ minutes. It is also worth noting that the Advena enlargers are fitted with a specialist Multigrade facility, enabling them to be used for black & white printing as well (all three enlargers accept the same range of negative masks as the black & white heads).