FILM SPOTS #04: THE ASHEVILLE DARKROOM
Director: Bridget Conn
Location: Asheville, North Carolina, USA
In business since: Summer 2012
FotoFilmic: Can you briefly describe the type of analog photography facilities & services you offer at The Asheville Darkroom?
Bridget Conn: We offer classes, workshops, and public access in BW film developing and printing. Workshops also deal with some digital and mixed media aspects of photography. We offer color film development (C-41) with our Jobo for individuals with prior experience. We are also very close to resurrecting our Fujimoto color print processor (RA-4), which will be capable of making 20″ wide prints. We will offer a full analog color class once the processor is back up.
F/F: What is the human & artistic story behind The Asheville Darkroom?
BC: I moved to Asheville in the fall of 2009 and responded to a Craig’s List ad for someone wanting to start a photo collective and darkroom. As a teacher, I was excited to begin classes and workshops in the space in the spring of 2010. After going through a few transitions, the reins were handed to me in the summer of 2012. I didn’t want it to be a personal darkroom any longer, but a fully-public educational space. So I created a Kickstarter to raise rent for a year, to establish The Asheville Darkroom as a business, and began the paperwork for it to become a 501c3. I serve as the director and primary educator today.
Photo: Amelia Smith with color processor
FILM SPOTS focus on existing analog photography businesses (photo labs, public darkrooms, traditional photo stores, etc..) in an effort to both promote them, and fight the general assumption that traditional and film photography industries are progressively disappearing.