We don’t know too many places in Brooklyn where a photographer can rent a darkroom, which is why we’re happy to hear the Gowanus Darkroom opened last week at 160 7th Street in, naturally, Gowanus. Photographers can pay hourly or monthly rates for the second-floor space, which has a group darkroom with 10 enlarger stations, film changing room and a film processing/print washing area.

Soon, it will also have digital printing and scanning, an 8-by-10 mural printing station, and photography classes. Membership costs $180 a month for 20 hours of printing, or $350 a month for access to all the facilities and a private locking flat file drawer. The darkroom is also available to rent short-term for $12 an hour. The facility will celebrate its grand opening this Friday from 6 to 8 pm.  Click through to see the interior. GMAP


Photoville kicks off tomorrow evening in Brooklyn Bridge Park with 60 shipping container exhibits, photography workshops, artist talks and an exhibition showcasing 30 years of Brooklyn street photography curated by photographer Jamel Shabazz. United Photo Industries collaborated with Shabazz, a Red Hook and Flatbush native who’s been documenting the city’s street life for 30 years, to create a powerful collection of images depicting life in Brooklyn from the 1980s through today. (The photo above, by Nema Etebar, is part of the installation.)

The installation, “We Live in Brooklyn, Baby,” will open tomorrow at 7:30 during Photoville’s opening celebration. There will also be seven days worth of workshops and talks on topics ranging from how photographers can market themselves to photographing war zones. You can check out all the Photoville exhibits and events at the Pier 5 uplands at Brooklyn Bridge Park through September 28.

Photo by Nema Etebar