Tim Layton Fine Art | Darkroom Underground Magazine

Photography has evolved over the last 175 years to a place that the 19th and 20th-century photographers could have never imagined.  In spite of the proliferation of technology and digitalization of just about every area of modern life, people still have a strong desire to create photographs with film.  

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"Congratulations on your accomplishment!  You, the other authors, and team members now have something to celebrate.  I'm flying from Vermont to Seattle soon, so "Vol 1, No 1" is on the top of my reading list on my iPad - I'm forcing myself to wait..." Phil Gingrow

"Wow! Wonderful effort. What a great collection of articles and contributors. I think you’ve made it difficult to top yourself next time." Donald Stark 

"Tim, Congratulations!. Although my standards are quite high. I must say that you have exceeded them with your first edition."  Jim Boice

"Congratulations on an excellent first issue of Darkroom Underground Magazine Tim - all 82 pages of it.  I am very pleased to have been part of it. It addresses a wide range of interests aimed at different levels and I thoroughly enjoyed it." Tim Rudman 

"Tim, very well done!  I am honored to be part of this."  Jon Paul 

"Received the Darkroom Underground Magazine.  Outstanding!  The articles and images are really beautifully done.  I can appreciate the effort you put into making it so beautiful. Thanks.  Looking forward to future editions." Frank Baudino

"Hi Tim, I just subscribed to the Darkroom Underground and it is really helpful already (read the article about how to test film with a step wedge and figured out where I always failed miserably) This magazine is a Godsend for photographers. I mean it. This will improve how I photograph.” Marc Lemaire

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Distributed in PDF format for maximum portability, The Darkroom Underground caters to photographers of all skill levels.

Many darkroom photographers today capture on film, and either uses a blended analog/digital approach for the rest of their workflow or just digital exclusively after capture.  Digital photographers that didn't grow up with film are discovering the joy of creating a digital negative and making handmade alternative prints.  With all of these options, technical and creative options are effectively unlimited for contemporary photographers.  

Whether you are a traditionalist like myself that employs the analog process in every step of my fine art printmaking or a hybrid photographer, The Darkroom Underground publishes a balance of technical and creative articles in every issue along with featured photographers and some of their best artwork. 

We include technical articles for every format (e.g., 35mm, 120 medium format, large format, ultra-large-format) in addition to a wide range of print types to include classic silver gelatin darkroom prints, RA-4 color prints, and a variety of alternative mediums such as platinum/palladium printmaking, wet plate collodion, and many others.  We balance the technical articles with creative essays and full-page photographs from featured photographers.  

At a time when we are all bombarded by digital in just about every area of our life, a publication dedicated to analog darkroom photography and its artists is resonating with photographers from around the world.  

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