The darkroom comfortably accommodates five students, and has a mix of DeVere and Durst enlargers.
Each enlarger has a quality lens (Nikon or Rodenstock) and is fitted with an electronic timer, and housed in an individual bay, complete with enlarging easel, focus scope and set of multigrade filters.
All the enlargers are equipped for 35mm and four of them accept 6cm x 6cm format, with the De Vere 504 enlarger with Multicontrast Head taking 5inch x4inch negatives.
The darkroom is designed for printing up to 20inch x16inch Black and White prints, the sink house stainless steel processing trays, with a De Ville print washer situated to one side. For drying resin coated prints there is a Kinderman rotary print drier, which takes prints up to 12 inches wide, and a Rowi print drier for larger prints up to 20 inches wide. Film processing and drying equipment is also available for 35mm and 6cm x 6cm black and white film
Across the courtyard from the darkroom is the darkroom office/digital imaging area. This area is equipped with three computer workstations – two Apple Macintosh and one PC. Students may use the area to realx and chat, or research ideas from the small library of specialist photography books.
The black and white darkroom is also available for hire to both groups and individuals. The darkroom is booked out in three-hour sessions.
A basic knowledge of black and white developing and printing skills is required in order to use the open-access facility. We run beginners black and white photography workshops, for those with little or no experience who wish to hire the darkroom.