Darkroom work is time consuming and labor-intensive, but it’s also one of the most satisfying aspects of film photography. Even though the types of paper available for printing your scanned and digitally processed pictures are excellent these days, they don’t even come close to the haptic experience of a classic silver gelatin print on baryta paper.

Much of this satisfaction is due to creating a successful end result, but the interesting aspect of developing film is the process: retreating into a darkened room, working in dim, amber-colored light, and experiencing the moment when the first traces of a picture become ...

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