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New Nonprofit Group Works To Open Nashville Community Darkroom

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by Emily Luxen

NASHVILLE, Tenn - A united push by local photographers is resulting in a new resource for the artist community.

A new Nashville nonprofit organization, Nashville Community Darkroom, is working to open a space where artists and students can gather to work and learn.     

Plans for the space in the Main Street area of East Nashville will include a darkroom/wetlab with 15-20 enlargers, film loading closets, classroom space and a gallery.  Photographers will pay for a monthly membership depending on how often they plan to use the space.  Board members hope area students will take advantage of the space as well.

"We will have a big enough darkroom where we can bring in whole classes at once get them hands on and working with cameras," said Nashville Community Darkroom Founder/President John Haubenrich.

"It's going to be a big space with a lot of people in there," said Nashville Community Darkroom Board Member Heather Lose. "People will be making art, talking about photography, learning from each other."

The group is still working to raise money to cover the $20,000 initial startup costs.  A fundraiser held Tuesday at Sambuca in the Gulch featured a silent auction of local photographs.  The group is also raising money through a  Kickstarter project  

Click here to access their Kickstarter project.

Board members said support is building.

"We've seen all the artists that have lined up to help," said Lose. "They are excited, and they want us to succeed. I think we're going to."

Nashville photographer Alan Messer is one of the group's biggest supporters. He has photographed famous musicians around the world since he was 16, and has shot many of the images on film, and developed them in darkrooms.

"I am so pleased now to have access to a new darkroom coming up," said Alan Messer. "Now we can get back in there and print and continue this style of photography."

Messer donated one of his photos of Johnny Cash to the silent auction to help raise money for the group.

To learn more about the project, please visit the Nashville Community Darkroom website.

Board members hope to have the space open by Fall of 2013.


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