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Our lab in the San Francisco Bay Area dates back to 1976, but our heritage goes back to the 1940’s. Like most great labs, The Darkroom was started by photographers for photographers. Back then, it could be intimidating coming to a lab like ours, unless you were a pro. Unless you knew what you were talking about, you would get the “you don’t know what you’re talking about, you idiot” attitude.

There was plenty of business back then so you could still succeed while being an ass. That’s just the way it was back in the old days.
Fast forward 36 years to 2014 and we are a very different kind of lab in a different locale.  Still in California, though way down south in San Clemente, we’re now over 400 miles from where we started and light years away from our attitudes of old.
It’s because we (and apparently you) have discovered (or rediscovered) the pure, unadulterated pleasure and joy of analogue photography. The digital world, while fast and convenient, has left certain of our primal senses yearning for something more…
Something more thoughtful, more tactile…something we can enjoy in.  More than a superficial zeros and ones sort of way.
The other reason is digital totally wrecked our industry… not a fun thing to go through, but what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, right? Strong we are because of folks like you who have found and supported us!

Now we would love to tell you about some of the technical stuff about why we are the best-qualified film processing lab for your 120, 220, 35mm, 4×5 and 8×10 (even  110 & 126)  film formats in (C-41) Color Negative, True B&W and (E-6) transparency. We offer precise dip and dunk processing for all processes and cine process for C-41.

The Darkroom specializes in professional film developing and scanning, as well as Toy Camera Processing and scanning for various film formats such as Panoramic, Sprocket Hole, Half Frame, Square, as well as Cross Processing and Push/Pull processing.

We work closely with the folks who make Holga, Lomo and Diana cameras. We test new prototype cameras and formats and figure out the best ways to process, scan and print these images. We can handle your various films and formats…from Holga 3-D stereo, Lomo Horizon, Sprocket Rocket, Lomo Spinner, Lomokino and yes, even your Mamiya 645 or Hasselblad!

We also do testing of awesome, new films like the Lomo X-Pro, Lomo Red Scale, Holga True B&W, Rolli Cross Bird, Red Bird and Night Bird. And, if you can get your hands on any, we process Infrared films too! Once again, we figure out and establish the “best practices” for developing, scanning and printing these new films.
We’ll be posting lots of good technical and practical tidbits on our forum and in our newsletter so be sure to sign up at thedarkroom.com. And yeah, we will have special deals and offers you won’t want to miss.
You have the total convenience of mailing your film to us (postage paid of course) for fast, reliable developing and scanning; plus we’ll upload your images to you from the lab so you’ll see you images before your package even leaves the lab in the mail on its way home to you.
By the way, your satisfaction is always guaranteed at The Darkroom!
Please let us know how we’re doing. We’d love to hear from you!
Cheers,
The Darkroom