Our black and white darkroom features film loading rooms, a main film processing sink, a private film processing sink, a split darkroom with a total of twenty enlargers, a print viewing board, a large light table, and more.
Darkroom one is a large classroom style darkroom with 14 Omega condenser enlargers capable of enlarging negatives up to 4×5. Darkroom 1 is set up for both fiber and RC printing.
Darkroom two has eight enlargers including four Saunders color-head enlargers, four Omega condenser enlargers, and a Super Chromega F 8×10″ enlarger. Prints can be made up to 20″x 24″ with easels, trays, and archival washers large enough to accommodate. Advanced students and members use Darkroom 2 for multiple purposes including lith printing, large format negative printing, and fiber black and white printing.
Photo Center’s darkrooms are setup to be as ecological as possible. Our chemistry is Eco Pro a low odor, low toxicity black and white chemistry. We have a silver recovery system that extracts harmful silver from exhausted fixer, and we use standing archival print washers that reduce the amount of water needed for washing prints. Come visit our darkrooms to learn more.
All of the equipment and chemistry necessary for printing in the black and white darkroom is provided by Photo Center NW and is included in the facility rental rates. (Members and students are expected to provide their own paper for printing.)