Reopening Announcement

Provided the Government’s Covid “Roadmap” proceeds according to plan the darkroom
will reopen for use by members on:

Monday 17th May

This will be in our new larger unit on the lower ground floor at Aire Street where we have
installed 7 enlarger workstations as well as new print washing and drying facilities.

About Us

We’re a community of photographers who created a community darkroom 

Aire Street Darkroom is a community-run not-for-profit darkroom a (very) short walk from Leeds Railway Station. It’s one of the only black and white analogue darkrooms that enables photographers and printmakers in the North of England to process their own films and make their own photographic prints. The facilities are available to those who join as members and it’s as simple as booking onto a printing session.

We set up Aire Street Darkroom in 2017, not just so there was a place in Leeds to make photographs, but because we like the social aspect that photography can bring. We like to get together to make prints together, to see what we’re all working on and even to continue discussions outside of the darkroom. We’re really keen for new people to join so we can grow this community.

It’s for photographers of all abilities

We provide training courses in darkroom techniques for beginners and advanced users, under the expert tutelage of John Arnison, a professional photographer (with more years experience than he’d care to mention) and a former tutor of black and white photography at Leeds University of Arts.


For complete beginners, we offer 5 week introductory courses to teach you the basic techniques of developing and printing. Once you’ve been through the course and joined the darkroom collective, you can book onto printing sessions and you’re off!  

To view and book courses please visit our Eventbrite page.

Courses covering Film Photography and Darkroom Techniques will be resuming

For those with more advanced skills, you can book onto the printing sessions following our induction session which gets you up to speed with how we do things. If you have specific skills or techniques you’d like to learn, get in touch and we can tailor a workshop or class to help you develop your skillset.

We can also run courses on using your film camera, so that you capture those decisive moments which (with a little practice) can then be turned into beautiful prints. If you can’t find what you’re looking for don’t hesitate to get in touch and we’ll see what we can do.

Printing and Developing Sessions

Members’ Drop In Sessions will start again from Wednesday 19th May. These sessions
will be held on Wednesday & Thursday evenings (from 6.00 to 9.00) and Sunday mornings
(from 10.00 to 1.00). Drop in sessions can be booked and paid for via the darkroom
website up to 48 hours before the session.

Attending printing sessions requires payment of the annual membership fee.

Membership and Drop In Session Rates: In order to re-launch the darkroom the
subscription and members’ drop in session rates have been reduced for 12 months with
effect from 1st June, 2021 as follows:
Annual Membership Rate: £30 (reduced from £60)
Members’ Drop In Session Rate: £15 per 3 hour session (reduced from £20)

More information on membership can be found here.

Come and find out more

If you’ve got your hands on an old film camera that you’re curious about, you’ve found a hoard of undeveloped film in a box in the attic or you simply fancy having a go in a darkroom, get in touch on and arrange to come down and see us.