A darkroom for film photography enthusiasts

We are a registered non-profit society in BC and our darkroom is located within the West End Community Centre in Vancouver. The Community Centre provides the space for the darkroom while the society provides and maintains the equipment in the darkroom and runs the meetings.

We have a fully equipped black and white darkroom available to members on an hourly basis, handling negatives up to 4″x5″ and prints up to 16″x20″. In addition we hold monthly meetings for members to share their work and explore darkroom and photography techniques.

Our location:

West End Community Centre, 870 Denman St. Vancouver


How to become a member

  • It is critical that all members using this shared darkroom have the skills and knowledge to keep the space safe and functioning well, therefore all members must have recent darkroom training and experience. Note: If you do not have recent experience/training you will need to take an introductory darkroom course. Some of the facilities that offer refresher or introductory courses that we encourage are: Langara College, Emily Carr, West End Community Centre, and private tutoring from known and qualified photographers such as Benjamin Poulton (www.benjaminpoulton.com)
  • Attend an orientation session in order to become familiar with the West End Photographic Society rules, expectations, and the darkroom itself.
  • Purchase an annual membership. The membership helps cover administration costs such as website and domain and society fees, as well as darkroom equipment, repairs, and improvements. ($36 per annum)
  • Purchase a darkroom time card to gain access to the darkroom. ($30 for a 15 hour card)

Complete this form to join us!


January monthly meeting minutes can be found here.

Current members can still signup to be featured in the West End Community Centre display. Please fill out the contact form if you are interested and someone will be in touch.

Current members can also be featured on our Instagram page and in the “Gallery” section of our website. Please fill out the contact form if you are interested.

Upcoming community events listed below: