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Studio Visit: Hamburger Eyes

Written by Trippe   
Tuesday, 10 April 2007 08:00
We went and visited our friend's new photo lab in the Mission.

26 Lilac St. (off of 24th + Mission)
San Francisco CA 94110
hamburgereyes.com

As more and more people switch to digital over film, labs all over the city are closing one by one. As the doors swing closed on the mass consumption for film, our friends @Hamburger Eyes, who've produced one of the best B/W photo magazines for the last 6 years, step up from their zine beginnings to take over the old ColorArts and preserve a state of the art B/W & color lab in walking distance from 24th St Bart station. Within this sun filled huge space is one very large B/W darkroom, which rents for only $14/ hour, consisting of a "Ilford Multigrade enlarger and Ilford 2240 processor, 60 seconds dry-to-dry." Basically, this means no wet trays (they got them if you want them though), no messy chemicals, and an enlarger with filters automatically built into it. It makes for some extremely fast and consistent printing!... They also have four color rooms which have two color enlargers in each with a giant 42” Kreonite RA-4 processor for the ultimate printing experience. The place is set up for quality clean precise speedy printing with over-sized capabilities. It's printing goodness.

On a recent Thursday, I jumped on my bike and rode a few blocks down Mission from our headquarters to see what they're up to.

Dave Potes was our tour guide.

tosses down the keys

Fecal Face blogman, Patrick Griffin, has his show, Human Remains, up now.

I was late to Patrick's opening, so now was a chance to check it out... Human Remains suck, but Patrick does a good job making them look damn good!

This is their computer lab for scanning negatives and the like.

Man Boobs!

The B/W room

This machine is so great. Drop an exposed RC print in and out it comes the other side developed and dried. Easy nice... Nice easy!

When you rent the room, it's all yours and that boombox plays your favorite music.

If you're in need of some wet trays and prefer to go that route or are printing fiber, you got the sink and the whole nine. Go wild.

Digital timers with locked in filters... no room for fuckups.

You get your rhythm down and you could blast out like 20 prints an hour, I'd think.

Need to dry those fiber prints?

huffing chemicals... remember that shirt?

Thanks for the tour thus far, Dave. We're doing good.

Need paper to print on.

Color rooms

there's that massive 42” Kreonite RA-4 processor

color

plenty of leg and arm room for matting prints and swapping stories.

They also have a great collection of magazines, books, and zines... I got one of those Daylight Magazine. Great shit!

Thanks for the tour, Dave! Time to dust off the film monster and get my ass down there for some mural prints.

Stop into Hamburger Eyes Photo Dojo. They're open Monday through Saturday 10am - 10pm!
More info: hamburgereyes.com {moscomment}

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