Lightbox darkroom

Newly established and located in the 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 something of 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 doing this?

My name is Martin Chapman Fromm, a designer (London College of Printing being my alma mater). 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.

What's the plan?

The darkroom has literally been built from the ground up from 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.


There are darkroom film development and print workshops. Soon, Lightbox will offer even more interesting workshops such as medium and large format photography, development, and printing; and the occasional guest expert workshop for portrait photography on film.

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