Londons letzte Dunkelkammern

darkrooms

Nicht nur Plattenläden werden dank digitaler Technologie obsolet, auch die Dunkelkammern der Fotografen. Richard Nicholson hat Londons letzte verbliebene professionelle Dunkelkammern fotografiert. Wahrscheinlich mit einer Digicam.

1979 was the year my father constructed a darkroom and introduced me to photography. I was immediately entranced by the printing process, and I cherished the long hours spent in this dark, silent, private space. Ever since the darkroom has been integral to my work as a photographer. But for how much longer?

Labs are closing their doors - Joe's Basement, Primary, Metro Clerkenwell, Metro Soho have all gone. Polaroid has stopped making instant film. Clients are demanding the immediate feedback of digital photography.

This project, shot on 4"x5" film, documents London's remaining professional darkrooms. It is based on my nostalgia for a dying craft (there are no young printers). It is in these rooms that printers have worked their magic, distilling the works of photographers such as David Bailey, Anton Corbijn and Nick Knight into a recognisable 'look'.

Last One Out, Please Turn On The Light (via MeFi)