An apparent lack of darkroom access has triggered the launch of a free-to-use website designed to allow film users to locate one anywhere in the world.

‘Public and community darkrooms are being encouraged to make a free listing of their location and facilities,’ says UK-based firm Harman technology, owner of the Ilford Photo brand.

‘Professionals who teach darkroom techniques are also able to make an entry. The secure website will also accept registrations from private darkroom owners who are willing to share their facilities.’

The website, at www.localdarkroom.com, followed surveys by Harman which suggested that many photographers have no darkroom access.

Steven Brierley, director of sales and marketing at Harman, said: ‘The surveys told us 35% of our film users had no darkroom access and a high proportion of those with a personal darkroom might be willing to share.

‘This gave us the confidence to go ahead and establish the website which provides a free community platform – bringing all parties together.

‘I would urge all who could be involved to visit the website and then support our new facility. It’s designed to help and support film users.’

Harman says the site provides anonymity to private darkroom owners who can list ‘without revealing personal details’.

For details visit www.localdarkroom.com.