darkroom

Darkroom story since 2008.

My first darkroom was in my own bathroom in Tomsk, Russia. It has a temporary formation, as it’s usual for bathrooms. First enlarger was UPA-601. Not the worst one but still awful.  Then, thanks to my friend, I’ve got a Krokus 4SL. It has bubbles in condenser lenses and this caused defects on prints. Anyway, I was able to print from type 120 film.

Darkroom in my bathroom, Tomsk, Russia, 2012. Krokus 4SL.
Darkroom in my bathroom, Tomsk, Russia, 2012. Krokus 4SL.
Darkroom in my bathroom, Tomsk, Russia, 2013. Krokus GFA 69s.
Darkroom in my bathroom, Tomsk, Russia, 2013. Krokus GFA 69s.

The second darkroom was in my living room in the same apartment in Tomsk, Russia. By this time I’ve got a quite decent thing: Krokus GFA 69s with more or less good condensers. Enlarger has been stored in a saray since 90’s in a countryside of Novosibirsk, Russia. Let’s say it didn’t smell or look good. After CLA enlarger was ready to use. Later I made custom glassless negative carrier frames out of aluminum, bought Industar-23U 110mm and Vega-11U 50mm. 

Darkroom in my livingroom, Tomsk, Russia, 2014
Darkroom in my livingroom, Tomsk, Russia, 2014

The third and current lab is in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. I’ve dedicated some space for it in second room of my apartment. I made a wooden skeleton, wrapped it with studio background paper, built an improvised door out of roll curtain. Light tight! By that time I bought Meopta Opemus 6a with Color 4es head. Later added Durst Laborator L-900 with Rodenstok 80mm and 50mm lenses. Then Changed Meopta to Omega B-8 with Schneider W.A. Componon lenses.

Photo laboratory in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, 2016 © Pavel Kim
My laboratory in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, 2016 © Pavel Kim