Low Light Darkroom and Black Hole Collective Film Lab is a DIY community resource center and art studio based in West Oakland, CA organized cooperatively by a group of artists working in analog photography and filmmaking. We were recently informed that the space we have called home for four years is on the market. In an attempt to get ahead of being pushed out, we are moving to a new location with more space and a stronger lease, but it is coming at a cost. As a non-commercial group focused on photochemical image-making in the "digital age," we hope to make film accessible to a wider community at a low cost. Our new rent will be triple what we were paying before, so we are asking for help during this period of transition. All funds will go to moving/construction costs, supplementing a new sliding scale model of membership, and paying for the deposit on a new space.
The current manifestation of our collective exists as the culmination of years of organizing and hard work on the part of two independently functioning collectives joining together for unified goals. We began in 2013, spurred by the closure of multiple film processing facilities and a desire to organize collectively. In 2015, we were finally able to realize our goal of establishing a brick and mortar location and now have a fully functional darkroom for still photography and a laboratory for motion picture film processing. We're hoping that this obstacle will make our collective stronger and with more space we'll be able to provide more resources to Oakland and the Bay Area!