at B&W Basement

A Real Photolab for Real Silver Prints



We are naturally complying with all Government guidelines and requirements in order to minimise contact and avoid cross-infection.

Unlike communal darkrooms, ours are of course self-contained and for exclusive use significantly reducing the possibility of close contact with other clients. However, in the current circumstances we feel it is prudent to suspend our Darkroom Hire and 1-to-1 Tuition services until further notice.

Nevertheless, we remain 'open for business' for our film processing and hand enlarging services so will continue to welcome both mail order customers and personal callers to our photolab.

Thank you for your continued support during this challenging period.

Keith Lyons
Black & White Basement

Whether you are looking to rent a darkroom for film processing or hand printing, we can help. You can hire one of our three self-contained darkrooms by the day or half-day at very reasonable rates and with exclusive use during the session.

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Learn the techniques of black and white film processing and hand enlarging in our professionally equipped Darkroom. Our popular and affordable 1-to-1 Tuition service teaches you how to load and develop the film, assess and expose the processed negatives, and make finished prints using the traditional dish method.

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Our gift vouchers for darkroom hire or tuition make an ideal present – contact us for details

Traditional hand processing using spiral loading and Kodak X-tol fine grain developer. We take the utmost care with time, temperature and agitation to ensure your black and white negatives reach optimum density and contrast for subsequent printing. 

Films are washed in filtered water, finished with a final ‘photo-flow’ rinse, air dried and hand cut into sixes in clear ‘Printfile’ archival negative sleeving.

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Hand-printed enlargements on Ilford resin coated or fibre base paper carefully crafted by our expert technicians. Precise density and contrast adjustment is achieved using multi-grade paper, combined with “burning & shading” techniques. Prints are hand finished using traditional sable brush spotting techniques.

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