dark·​room | \ˈdärk-ˌrüm, -ˌru̇m\

Definition of darkroom 

: a room with no light or with a safelight for developing light-sensitive photographic materials

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But in recent years, darkroom photography has experienced a mini rebound, at least in the realm of fine-art photography. Wallace Baine, San Francisco Chronicle, "Carmel: How Ansel Adam and Edward Weston saw it," 1 June 2018 Each of these works has a backstory—a detail about darkroom process, compositional daring, reception by the public, issues with the model or the editors, its inspiration to colleagues or its shock value. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, "‘Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography, 1911-2011’ Review: Capturing the Trend," 10 July 2018 After tripping the shutter on his bulky Speed Graphic, Ellis headed to The Post’s darkroom to process the 4-by-5-inch sheet of film. John Kelly, Washington Post, "In 1936, Washington got a jolt from a photograph of a monumental lightning strike," 23 May 2018 Two rooms, an office and a studio that includes James Strain’s darkroom, sit on the second floor above, along with a full bath. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Hot Property: Old Northside $1.65M modern home with 2 wings and Italian courtyard," 1 June 2018 Some photographers — Ansel Adams, Bill Brandt, Brett Weston — could hardly wait to get into a darkroom. Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, "At Harvard, seeing the importance of the print in photography," 24 May 2018 In this Friday, May 4, 2018 photo, Rebecca Topakian hangs photos to dry in a darkroom at a house rented by a group of youths to practice their art activities in Yerevan. Washington Post, "New hope: Armenia’s young celebrate political changes," 7 May 2018 This meant taking a rolling darkroom along with them for preparing, developing and printing glass-plate negatives. Arthur Hart, idahostatesman, "In search of Idaho customers, some photographers took their darkrooms on the road | Idaho Statesman," 23 Mar. 2018 Inevitably, this self-contained world reflects the one beyond the darkroom. Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, "With György Kepes, photographs as experiments," 28 Mar. 2018

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1841, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of darkroom

: a room that is used for making photographs and that is lit with a special kind of red light


dark·​room | \ˈdärk-ˌrüm, -ˌru̇m\

Kids Definition of darkroom

: a usually small dark room used in developing photographic plates and film

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