Summer 2006. Durst announces that it will no longer manufacture photographic enlargers. Sales have plummeted from a peak of 107,000 units in 1979 to just a few hundred units in recent years. 1979 was the year my father constructed a darkroom and introduced me to photography. I was immediately entranced by the printing process, and I cherished the long hours spent in this dark, silent, private space. Ever since the darkroom has been integral to my work as a photographer. But for how much longer? Labs are closing their doors, Polaroid has stopped making instant film. Clients are demanding the immediate feedback of digital photography.
Several of the darkrooms featured have since closed down. Others will surely follow.

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