A Kinder, Gentler District

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By Request: A Home Darkroom

Somebody asked if they could visit/tour the home darkroom. There isn’t room for a visitor, much less the class, but it’s important to know that it’s entirely possible to set up at home. This one is neither a custom cave nor a hellhole; economize wherever you can, and spend for quality where it counts.

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Here’s everything: books, chemicals, scale, bulbs, film holders, tape.

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I process from right to left (not that it matters). Developer, stop, fix, holding bath, all propped up on boxes in order better to see what’s… developing.

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Notes.

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Some storage, including a tripod case, developer heating pad (and a helmet).

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A Beseler 23C. At top height with an 80mm lens, a 35mm negative generates an 8×12″ enlargement.

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The enlarger base is an old television cabinet.

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Behold: thousands upon thousands of negatives.

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One of several print storage archives.

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The print washer, propped upon a milk carton, and a drawer of miscellaneous tools.