Whether you’re just starting out as a photographer or have an established photographic practice, photo access offers a range of facilities to develop your skills, and support your creative practice. Join us now to access our making spaces.

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Film Developing Room

photo access members enjoy free access to our film developing room, equipped with Patterson tanks and chemistry for black & white film processing. While we don’t offer C-41 chemicals, you’re welcome to bring your own. Explore the magic of analog photography in our light-protected space. Simply email or call the office to book a time.

Digital Suite

Our suite offers two digital imaging stations, complete with Apple Mac desktop computers and Epson scanners equipped with negative and slide holders for your convenience. With Photoshop and Lightroom installed, you can edit your work to a professional level. Simply call or email to book a time slot and dive into the digital process.


Dive into our extensive and diverse collection featuring works by world-renowned photographers alongside instructional how-to books covering both analogue and digital photography techniques. Whether you seek inspiration or wish to enhance your skills, our library offers a treasure trove of knowledge and creativity waiting to be discovered. Unlock the secrets of visual storytelling and elevate your photography journey with our curated selection of photobooks.


photo access is proud to be the only publicly accessible darkroom between Sydney and Melbourne. Immerse yourself in the captivating world of black and white printing alongside our experienced staff and fellow film enthusiasts. To access the darkroom, simply become a photo access member and demonstrate your proficiency, or join one of our darkroom based workshops for guidance. Darkroom access costs $50 per day, covering equipment, standard chemicals, and expert advice. Bring your own paper or purchase some from the shop. Sessions are available during our regular hours (Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm), but booking is essential, as the darkroom may occasionally be reserved for workshops. Join our monthly After Dark sessions for independent printing every Tuesday evening from 6pm to 9pm, where you can connect with a friendly group and explore the art of black and white printing after hours.

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Equipment Hire

At photo access, we’ve got your studio film needs covered with convenient daily or weekly hire rates on equipment. Choose from a range of options including analogue film cameras, DSLR cameras, lenses, studio lighting, and fabric backdrops.

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Venue Hire

Offering a convenient, professional and comfortable setting, the Garden Room at photo access is ideal for group meetings, conferences or pop-up exhibitions, facilitating productive, positive outcomes. Set amongst leafy, quiet gardens, the Garden Room is conveniently located within walking distance of Manuka and Kingston shops.

Venue Hire