dark·​room | \ ˈdärk-ˌrüm How to pronounce darkroom (audio) , -ˌru̇m\

Definition of darkroom

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

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Capa’s film rolls of D-Day were melted by an overenthusiastic darkroom assistant; only 11 now-iconic images survived. Robert Kershaw, WSJ, "Five Best: Robert Kershaw on the Best Accounts of D-Day," 14 Dec. 2018 But at night and on weekends, the darkroom sucked her in. Laura Mallonee, WIRED, "Plant Silhouettes Foreshadow the Effects of Climate Change," 5 June 2019 They had been found in the darkroom of photographer Arthur Burges, who has since passed away, but the photos are attributed to another photographer, freelancer Frank Ataman. Megan Friedman, Town & Country, "Negatives From John F. Kennedy's Wedding Auction for $34,000," 16 Oct. 2014 Then an old-fashioned wetting agent that anybody who once had a darkroom will remember was used. Erik Lacitis, The Seattle Times, "Saving Aberdeen history after museum fire, one photo and VHS tape at a time," 16 July 2018 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

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First Known Use of darkroom

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 How to pronounce darkroom (audio) , -ˌru̇m\

Kids Definition of darkroom

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

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