Public Darkroom

VCP is proud to be home to one of Vermont’s only publicly accessible fully-equipped B/W darkrooms. You do not need to be a VCP member to use the darkroom. Our spacious 4 enlarger darkroom is fully equipped with everything you’ll need to make gelatin silver prints, develop 35mm, 120, or 4×5 film, hand cut mattes, or dry/press/mount your finished prints.

We request at least a 24 hour notice before using the darkroom. You can email info@vcphoto.org or call 802-251-6051 and leave a message.

PRINTING

We ask for a $10 to $30 (sliding scale) donation per printing session. This fee is only expected to cover our costs of chemistry, which we provide. Renters are expected to bring their own paper and any other specialty chemicals or materials needed. There is no hourly rate at that point for printing, we only ask that you work within the open hours of the gallery unless prior arrangements have been made.

FILM DEVELOPING

Film developing is $5 – $10 donation (sliding scale) per session. This fee may vary depending if you are developing in tanks or using more chemistry to develop sheet film in flat trays. Please inquire.

DARKROOM MEMBERSHIP (optional)
VCP now offers a 1-year pass for unlimited use of our public B/W darkroom! Normal darkroom hours still apply and it is recommended that Darkroom Members check in with our gallery director at least 24 hrs prior to use to ensure availability. Darkroom Membership dues can be paid in-person in the gallery using cash/check or credit/debit card. Darkroom Membership is valid 1-year from sign-up date.

Non-Members:
$200/year
VCP Standard & NARM Members: $100/year
Students: $50/year

To learn how to become a VCP Member, please visit our Membership Page.

DARKROOM HOURS:
Friday: 12-5pm
Saturday: 12-5pm
Sunday: 12-5pm
(or by appointment)

Equipment:

  • Durst Laborator 1200 Enlarger – w/ CLS 501 Color Head
  • Saunders/LPL Super Dichroic 4500II Enlarger
  • Beseler 45MXII Enlarger – w/ Cold Head and Zone VI Compensating Timer
  • Light table for viewing negatives
  • Paterson Roll Film Developing Tanks
  • Sprint Systems Chemistry
  • Seal Commercial 210M Dry Mount Press
  • Large variety of film holders and enlarger lenses to suit your needs
  • Adjustable 16×20” Saunders Easels
  • Printing Trays (up to 16×20”)
  • Film Drying Cabinet
  • Light-tight Film Loading/Changing Closet