This Darkroom's Gone to Heaven, 2006 and 2012

A to-scale recreation of a darkroom complete with revolving door and safelights. The only thing missing is the equipment. Instead, shadows of the enlargers, paper, and supplies are imprinted on the walls, making it look as if a bomb had gone off and the technology disintegrated.

This piece was initially created in 2006 at the University of Minnesota. It was re-created again in a larger form at SF Camerawork and Antioch College.

 

At SF Camerawork the space was repurposed on several occasions for the telling of ghost stories and tales of photography's past. 

The 2006 version measured 4' x 8' x 8' and the 2012 version measured 12' x 13' x 8'. Each was constructed out of plywood and masonite. The safelights are rubylith skylights and the prints are unique photograms made on either diazotypes (2006) or silver gelatin prints (2012).