Blanco Negro is your go-to resource in NSW for black and white film. We are a print darkroom in the Hunter Valley, a gallery and shop stocked with paper, chemicals and accessories. Chris offers a variety of one-on-one and small group lessons in the darkroom, whether you’re a beginner or a professional looking to expand your skills. Blanco Negro also works with black and white film masters who are experts in specialised and alternative processes. We’ve got all your black and white film needs covered.

Blanco Negro black and white film services - owner Chris ReidAbout Chris Reid

Christopher Reid’s earliest memories of the darkroom began at 8 years old. He fell in love with this world while watching his father process colour and black and white film in the “coal-hole” under the stairs in his childhood home in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Over 30 years later, Chris’s passion for the darkroom is still going strong. He’s the owner/operator of Blanco Negro, one of the last dedicated professional black & white film darkrooms in Australia. He’s the man on the other side of the phone or responding to your email. Chris prints for photography hobbyists, new up and comers in the scene and many of Australia’s finest photographers and galleries.

Chris teaches at Gold Street Studios, a photographic school in Victoria that specialises in historical and alternative processes.

An expert in his field, Chris Reid is a respected member of the black and white film print and processing community in both Australia and overseas.

Work Is Love Made Visible

We do what we do because we love it. We can’t imagine doing anything else. Our darkroom and studio is a traditional place where Chris still processes film and prints by hand. It’s a dying artform that we don’t see much of these days. Although we see photos posted up everywhere on social media, there are not many actually printed and hung on walls anymore. Here at Blanco Negro, we salute all the traditionalists who will never stop printing, and encourage everyone to do the same.

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