Lightbox darkroom

Established in 2017 and located in West Kirby Arts Centre, Wirral, Lightbox darkroom is an open film photography darkroom available for hire and for learning.

Why open a darkroom?

Film photography is experiencing a resurgence. A generation who have never experienced film are discovering the creative potential of developing and printing.

I'm opening the darkroom to satisfy my own creative endeavours and to help others fuel their own creative output through film photography.

Who's did this?

My name is Martin Chapman Fromm, a designer. Having been a creative director for many years I now run the successful digital agency, Error. Photography – specifically film photography – is one of my passions, so I’ve decided to create Lightbox to channel my energies into something that can be shared with others. I am also involved in Ten O’Clock Books, a photography book publishing venture.

When did it all happen?

The darkroom was literally built from the ground up between December 2016 to June 2017. From July 2017, Lightbox opened the darkroom for wider use.

Lightbox provides a darkroom service and learning environment to those who want to explore film photography beyond the camera. A longer term aim is for Lightbox to meaningfully contribute to the world of photography and art.

Darkroom capabilities and equipment

The darkroom is capable of developing and printing black & white and colour 35mm, medium format, and 4x5 large format photographs. Current equipment includes:

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