What we're about
Update Nov 2022
Message from Owen Howell - Owner of Campkins Cameras:
Hi. We found out that this Cambridge Darkroom Meet Up Group was closing soon and we couldn't let that happen! We want these Meet Ups to continue and we will update you later. Photography in Cambridgeshire is close to our hearts - my grandad set up a Darkroom in the loft at Campkins on Rose Crescent in the 1940s and we've now been in Cambridge ever since.
We have an art photo social happening at The Bath House in Cambridge on 8th December and members are more than welcome! https://www.campkinscameras.com/campkins/art-photography-social-meet-up-8th-december/
Update Nov 2020:
I think we have come to the end of Cambridge Darkroom in its current form.
Being a Social group is not realistic in today's environment and it looks less likely to become the norm again - certainly not for the foreseeable future.
We also no longer have use of the Maypole, alongside their limited opening and social distancing issues.
If you have suggestions on how we could continue or restart anew let me know.
For now, thanks for all the inspiration and hope to bump into you sometime.
** Is Cambridge Darkroom new? **
Not totally. Here's the history:
We've been running since 2011, but we took the name from a previous -now defunct- group.
The original Cambridge Darkroom was the Eastern region's first and largest gallery devoted to photography and associated arts. Founded in 1984 by a group of local residents who had previously started the first community photographic resource in Cambridge in 1978, it offered a wide variety of shows ranging from major national touring exhibitions to locally sourced work by individual photographers. In addition, it provided film and print darkroom facilities, available for hire by members, as well as workshops and outreach activities involving local schools and community organisations. It lasted for twenty years, finally closing in 2004, a victim of funding cuts by the major arts organisations that supported it. Here's some more info: http://bit.ly/jbe0jg