It's all about analogue

The enlargement of a snapshot does not simply render more precise what in any case was visible, though unclear: it reveals entirely new structural formations of the subject

Walter Benjamin

The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

Regularly open Thursday, Friday and Saturday,

10:00am – 6:00pm and other days by appointment.

Offering equipment with expert assistance, SW Darkroom is a sanctuary to produce exhibition standard work or experimental processes in a spacious and calm environment with minimal distractions. Contact us if you would like to come have a look, we would be happy to show you around the space. 


– Artist workshops
– Technical Assistance 
– Artist residencies

Facilities & Equipment


• Private enlarger cubicles for colour or black/white, suitable for single or double enlarger flash process
• Imacon film scanner
• Noritsu 1800 film scanner
• New film processing machines, dedicated colour and black/white processing
• Large Black and White Printing, up to 54 inches
• Colour Printing up to 20″ X 24″ with Colenta machine
• Print 35, 120, 4×5 or 8×10 negatives
• 2145mm x 1585mm sink with troughs, custom made for the darkroom with large black/white printing in mind
• Multiple trays, all chemicals provided
• Alternative process printing, including platinum palladium
• Booking availabilities in 4 hour slots, or for the whole day with technical assistance provided
• Viewing wall in natural light, with comfortable seating area
• Viewing walls with daylight lighting
• Kettle, coffee machine and fridge
• Library with photography, darkroom technique books and magazines for perusal
• Auto and Bike parking on site

Bookings & Price List


NOTE: Our new film processing machines will be running16th March 2023. You can either drop film off in person or mail to us: SW Darkroom, Royal Victoria Patriotic Building, John Archer Way, B3, London UK, SW18 3SX. If you drop off in person, please leave the film drop off form information with film. If we are not open, you can drop off in the red box at our entrance door. Please note we have a one week turnaround time on film processing.

News and Events


SW Darkroom Open House Party!

Friday 31 March 5:00 – 8:00pm Join us for drinks and nibbles and help us celebrate our renovated space and new equipment! Prize drawings for services will be given away every half hour.

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"Amazing place and amazing staff." Monica Zafra

"I had an amazing time learning how to print using the darkroom. The instructor was really friendly and helpful. She worked hard to ensure that I walked away with some darkroom prints to be proud of, so much so that I stayed an hour longer than I was booked in for. Everything was taught in a very easy way and I was printing independently by the end of the workshop. I'd definitely recommend the darkroom and will be visiting again:)" Theo Hembury

"Had a great workshop there and good facilities for all sorts of darkroom printing! Amazing team and very helpful. Did the colour printing workshop - would highly recommend! Antonia Adomako

"SW Darkroom is a sanctuary for photography. I took part in an introduction to black and white printing. The experience was incredible, I learned so much and enjoyed myself. I would recommend anyone interested in analogue photography to visit and give printing a go." Noah Bier

"My introduction to darkroom printing was during the eponyme workshop organised by SW Darkroom. We were welcomed by Lewin, Melissa and Jacob who shared with us the secrets to make beautiful prints. Beyond being extensively knowledgeable, the team was genuinely kind and made us feel like home. I would recommend this workshop to anyone wishing to learn about darkroom printing." Mathieu Olive

Royal Victoria Patriotic Building

John Archer Way

SW18 3SX

Rear Courtyard Basement 3


Phone:  07851643621