Black & White Basement

Black & White Basement is the brainchild of Keith Lyons, founder of Lab35 & Lab120 – UK’s award winning professional analogue laboratories for over three decades.

Today, our north-west London based darkrooms offer Black & White film processing  and traditional hand prints of the highest quality –  aimed at the dedicated photographer who still uses film as part of his repertoire. All printing is supervised by David Champion, who has over 30 years experience as an exhibition quality printer and a commercial photographer.

As well as the professional processing and printing services, we offer darkroom hire  and 1-to-1 tuition  with our senior printer and tutor. There are three darkrooms to choose from, equipped with DeVere and Leica enlargers and the choice of machine or dish paper processing. You can book a printing session for a full or half day and there’s a 2 hour session for film processing only.

If you would like to learn the art and craft of darkroom printing you can have a 1-to-1 tuition session with David who will cover both film processing and hand enlarging techniques in a day. We are pleased to announce our new Film Photography and Darkroom Tuition Course. This 2-day workshop teaches you the basics of both film photography and darkroom techniques covering the entire creative process from loading camera right through to completed final print.

To complement our Nikon Coolscan 8000 professional film scanner and Epson 7800 A1 inkjet printer, we have now installed a Hasselblad Imacon FlexTight to provide high-end facilities in our scanning studio. These can all be hired by special arrangement or combined with darkroom hire at standard rates. Please contact us for details.