We do not yet have an interactive tour of our new location, 700 Rayovac Dr., Suite 212, on the west side of Madison. In the interim, 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 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 a Canon iPF6100 wide format 24" printer available Saturdays from noon to 4 pm (unless used a class or during a national holiday weekend) for PhotoMidwest members and by prior arrangement at other times. Just 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.
The new wet darkroom at 700 Rayovac Dr. just became operational on May 20, 2017. It 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.
We have three enlargers available that 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 a print washer.
Film developing is possible using 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.
We still need to complete procedure manuals and other details before it is available to the general membership. Darkroom hours will be available on a sign-up basis. The fees for darkroom use are as follows:
$5 per hour, $24 for a 24-hour session
For an additional $3 per hour, assistance will be provided.
To sign up to use the darkroom and for more information, please call Rob Griesel at (712) 592-9658 and leave a message or email Education@PhotoMidwest.Org with the following information:
Developing prints, processing film or both
35mm, medium, or medium & large format enlarger
Contact the darkroom curator for further details.