Support this community darkroom in Nashville

  • Posted on: 17 May 2013
  • By: gordon

Nothing makes me believe in film like awesome community centric darkroom projects. This project out of Nashville is very exciting!

Update: Check out their kickstarter 2.0

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: John Haubenreich
May 4, 2013 Nashville Community Darkroom
Founder and President
(615) 828-1603

Reinvigorating Film Photography and Arts Education in Nashville

Nashville – Nashville’s soon going to be getting its red light district back, if a group of artists have anything to say about it. Launching this summer, an intrepid band of film photography enthusiasts, including professional photographers, a lawyer, an architect, musicians, and others are planning to launch the Nashville Community Darkroom, as the renaissance of film photography continues to flourish.

Conceived by John Haubenreich and brought to life through the work of himself and many others (including Catie Sampson, Brandon Chapple, Noam Platt, Ginny Carpenter, and Heather Lose), the Nashville Community Darkroom will be a community center, focused not only on the work of local artists, but also on educating local students and the community about film photography and traditional processes.

The Nashville Community Darkroom will serve two main purposes: First, it will be a professionally-equipped darkroom, workspace, and gallery that members can use for personal and professional projects. Monthly rates will be set at prices affordable for students, hobbyists, and starving artists, and more dedicated professionals will have the opportunity to purchase 24/7 unrestricted access.

Second, the Nashville Community Darkroom will work with local schools and nonprofit organizations to offer arts education, focused on film photography, portraiture, traditional processes, the business of photography, and more. The plan is for the NCD both to send volunteers into local schools to teach, but also for students to come work in the darkroom, gaining hands-on experience and the chance to build a portfolio and exhibit.

The Nashville Community Darkroom is incorporated as a Tennessee nonprofit, and is currently applying for federal nonprofit status. It will be located in the Main Street area of East Nashville, and will house a darkroom/wet lab with 15-20 enlargers (including several large-format enlargers), film-loading closets, classroom space, lighted workspace, and a small gallery. The Nashville Community Darkroom will be member-supported, but will also rely on community support and other fundraising efforts.

The Nashville Community Darkroom is currently raising money through its Kickstarter project ( in order to pay for construction and initial operating costs. To learn more about the project, please visit the Nashville Community Darkroom website (, or read about the NCD in the Nashville Scene’s recent article, “Can a community darkroom rekindle that old black (and white) magic?” (