Photographer and artist Mella Travers founded The Darkroom in 2010. Over the years it has grown into one of Dublin’s largest independently run Black and White Darkrooms. The ethos of The Darkroom is to provide open access to the facilities, keeping analogue photography, processes and printing firmly on the cultural map of Dublin.

At the beginning of 2016 Mella Travers teamed up with Darragh Sinnott ‘photographer and entrepreneur’ and Louis Haugh ‘Photographer, Artist and master printer who also specialises in alternative processes’ and moved the darkroom to a new location in Stoneybatter, very exciting times and we welcome this new era in the History of The Darkroom.

Building this new facility we have extended the Darkrooms and now have 2, one very large darkroom housing 8 enlarger’s, very large sink, separate film processing area and Dryer. Suitable for film format from 35mm to 5X4 negatives. The second darkroom houses a large sink and 2 enlargers for film formats up to 10X8 Darkroom provides affordable courses in all areas of photography from Analogue to Digital in stills and moving images, from Beginners class to Masterclass workshops. Affordable rental of our darkrooms for private and group’s printing, photography studio with a plethora of lights and equipment as well as professional expertise.

Whether you’re completely new to the world of photography, an experienced amateur or a professional looking to brush up on or expand your skills, whether its analogue or digital that takes your fancy, The Darkroom has a course for you. All our courses can be provided on an intensive, one to one basis. Duration and prices may vary, please contact us directly for more information.

We now have a large photography studio and teaching area which we rent and were we will be holding events from photo talks, exhibitions to screenings, keep an eye out.


All our courses are taught by tutors with extensive experience working professionally in their respective fields of expertise, using practical and hands-on demonstration, practice and tuition. We aim to have students leaving our courses feeling confident in their newly developed abilities, and we do our very best to ensure that they thoroughly enjoy their experience with us.