The Sustainable Darkroom is an artist-led, research community that develops low-toxicity chemistries and practices in analogue photography.
We do not have a set location; we are an international group of artists that share research and ideas in the form of publications, residencies, workshops, lectures, symposiums and exhibitions.
The Sustainable Darkroom has worked with a number of institutions including:
Chappe Contemporary Art Museum, Finland
Fox Talbot's Garden, Lacock Abbey, UK
Experimental Photo Festival, Barcelona
The Photographer's Gallery, London
The Royal College of Art, London
Slade School of Art, London
University of The Arts London
The Science Gallery, Bengaluru
The Photography and Video Show, U.K
Centre for Creative Photography of Finland
Endangered Species Coalition Washington D.C.
We run workshop weeks designed to teach a range of subjects and processes including:
Sustainable Thinking in Analogue Practice
Cyanotype & Botanial Toning
Plant-based Developers & Pinhole Photography
Film processing with plant-based developers
Plant-based Chemigram Printing
Image by @takeiteasylab
The Sustainable Darkroom conceived of and planted the first photographic garden, in Leeds UK. These are garden spaces which grow species that can be used as alternative photographic chemistries, emulsions and papers.
We consult on how to plan, grow and maintain photographic gardens across the world. We aim to support academic research and artistic practitioners interested in collaborating with plant worlds and de-toxifying analogue photographic practices.