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It was difficult to place this one in an exactly right category but the essence of it is a kind of Ethics and Philosophy "made flesh" It is on the IlfordPhoto site but as Ilford meant it for the photographic public domain I hope I am OK post it here

I enjoyed it and it was well presented by the actual people involved Here it is :

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Thanks. What he is doing is exactly what Ilford tried and is trying to do, namely get communal darkrooms set up which provide some teaching contribution.

The economics of the set-up was not covered in any detail but it sounds as if the charge to the students is only designed to cover costs including, I'd have thought, some salaries which is fair enough

Frankly I'd have thought that if the darkroom and its printing materials have any real future then this kind of a set-up is essential. Most youngsters do not have the space or the money to set-up their own darkroom

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When I returned to CO after living in CA, I saw an ad in the weekly Westword free newspaper. "Wanted. Darkroom monitor." Called that number ASAP!

The darkroom was in the back of an art gallery in Lodo....Lower Downtown. Being 1993, the area had not yet been taken over by the CA ex-pat Yuppies. It was still mostly pretty gritty. The gallery and darkroom were in a two story industrial building. Both were the labor of love of a young man.

I don't recall much about the darkroom, it was a long time ago. I think four or six enlargers, lockers to store chemicals. It must have been essentially free, because I never had to monitor if someone was paid up or anything. Set evening hours.

It was wonderful mentoring those mostly "kids." (I as late 40's at that time.) I still vividly recall a young woman named Kathleen. ohmigod, she had "the eye."

I've had two garage darkrooms. I've sold all of my stuff seven years ago pending another major life move. Since my 1980's darkroom we now have that hybrid option. In practical terms, hard to beat if your goal is to make images and not hold the wet process as holy.

I could build a darkroom in my house, but besides being upstairs and other issues, I'm good with hybrid. OTOH, if there is a community darkroom in Austin, TX, I'd love to do that again.
 
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