In June 2016 we moved into our new location, 700 Rayovac Dr., Suite 212, on the west side of Madison. Here are some views of our new space. Click on a photograph to see a larger version.
Meeting, Class, and Studio Spaces
The new PhotoMidwest / Center for Photography at Madison’s meeting/studio/classrooms, digital lab, wet darkroom, and gallery spaces are located at 700 Rayovac Dr., Suite 212, on the west side Madison, Wisconsin.
There are three multi-use rooms. The largest seats over 30 people for lectures and meetings or up to approximately 17 people for classes. It is also our largest studio space that members can rent. There is a separate main gallery and hallway with a gallery hanging system that accommodates up to approximately 25 images. The main gallery is also used for meetings of up to 22 people, classes, and can be rented for studio use. The third space is an approximately 19' by 10.5' room for classes up to about 10 people, meetings of 16 people or less, and as a more intimate studio space with abundant natural light from the east-facing windows. All three spaces are ADA accessible with an elevator to the PhotoMidwest suite 212 on the second floor. A wet darkroom, digital lab, and storage/dressing/office rooms complete our facilities. Separate women's and men's restroom facilities are just across the hallway.
Equipment includes a 4K capable 65" flat panel display with HDMI inputs that is mounted on a mobile cart, an LCD projector with VGA and HDMI inputs, DisplayPort to HDMI adapters, two loudspeakers, a large projection screen, and folding tables of various sizes for classes, meetings, and receptions. Wireless Internet access is available. Both folding and stacked chairs offer seating for over 30 people. The refrigerator is stocked with refreshments. The PhotoMidwest library is available on open shelves; it includes books on photography methods, collections of photographs and books by PhotoMidwest members.
The Digital Lab has both a Canon iPF6100 wide format 24" printer and also an Epson R2400 13" printer available for PhotoMidwest members on Saturdays from noon to 4 pm (unless used a class or during a national holiday weekend) and by prior arrangement at other times . On Saturdays call 608 630-9797 to check if someone is already using the printer you want to use.
Bring a print ready image in on a USB flash drive and the PhotoMidwest printer docents will help you preview your image on the calibrated monitor. A few easy steps and you'll have a lab-quality test strip or full print, and at a fraction of the cost of commercial labs. The Digital Lab also has flat-bed scanners capable of scanning film negatives or transparencies from 35mm film up to large format as well as prints.
We also have the equipment for you to trim and mat your print. This includes a 24" RotaTrim, the Rolls-Royce of rotary paper trimmers, and two model 750 Logan 40" mat cutters.
The new wet darkroom at 700 Rayovac Dr. is large enough for 3 to 5 people depending upon the activity. Two Thomas Duplex Super Safelights using low pressure sodium lamps make for an especially well-lighted darkroom.
The three enlargers can accommodate from 35mm (a Leitz V35) up to 4x5" negatives (two Saunders/Omega/LPL 4500 series). All three of the enlargers have variable contrast filters built into the enlarger's head. There are enlarging easels and print trays ranging from small to to large enough for 23" x 25" prints and two archival print washers for up to 17 x 21" prints.
Film developing equipment includes developing reels (both plastic and stainless steel) and developing tanks for both 35 mm and 120 size film. Large format film can be processed in a 4x5 capable daylight tank, trays for tray development or using a wire "slosher", and dip tanks using film holders.
Darkroom hours are scheduled on this website in real-time. Darkroom use fee is $5 per hour per member. Up to two members can use the darkroom at once.