Melbourne darkroom + exhibition space

The Fox Darkroom & Gallery is a Melbourne darkroom for hire and exhibition space. It promotes and celebrates photography through hands-on workshops and by exhibiting work from emerging and established artists.

The Fox Darkroom

Established in 2014, The Fox Darkroom offers a regular program of workshops: covering manual photography, film developing and darkroom printing. Its well equipped darkroom serves a growing community of members, who have access to everything needed to make stunning analog prints. New members are always welcome – and for those seeking an adventure, The Fox Darkroom also organises international workshops in the form of week-long, instructor led photographic tours of countries such as Cambodia, France & Italy.

The Fox Gallery

The Fox Gallery, open from August 2016, provides an outlet for emerging and established photographers to share work that deserves to be seen. Works exhibited range from photo documentaries to journals, travel photography and alternative methods. Operating primarily as a rental venue, The Fox Gallery is a platform for artists to further their reach, and to foster public engagement with photography as a powerful and relatable storytelling medium.

Based in Kensington, Melbourne

Both spaces are located in the recently restored Young Husband Wool Store in Kensington: a building originally built in the late 1800s which is now home to a vibrant community of artists, musicians, designers and makers.

Tom Goldner – Founder

Melbourne darkroom founder Tom GoldnerFox was founded by Tom Goldner, a professional photographer whose career spans art, portraiture, documentary and commercial works. Tom is passionate about the role photography can play in promoting social and cultural outcomes. His Volta project (2010 – 2013) showcased 27 haunting black and white photographs captured around the remote Lake Volta region of Ghana.  Tom lived with, and spent time documenting the work and day-to-day lives of communities impacted by child labour in Ghana’s finishing industry.

The work was extensively exhibited across two states and raised over $90,000 to assist organisations working at the prevention of child exploitation in Ghana.

In 2014 Tom founded The Fox Darkroom to share his enthusiasm for black-and-white film photography.  Rather than focusing on nostalgia or trends, Tom’s work, practice and teaching explore the relevance of traditional processes in the contemporary landscape of photography.

The opening of The Fox Gallery in 2016 reflects both his ongoing commitment to traditional darkroom printing and his passion for sharing the results.  The gallery has become an important outpost for both photographers and members of the public to experience and engage with important photographic works.

Tom’s 2017 exhibition Passage captured a time of transition in his photography practice. In 2015 and 2016, Tom made two expeditions around the Mont Blanc regions of France, Italy and Switzerland. Ever-conscious of the changing nature of the landscape.

The 20 atmospheric black and white landscapes were developed, printed and toned by hand at The Fox Darkroom. Passage was exhibited at The Fox Gallery in May, 2017.

Tom has started work on his next endeavour, Of the Sea is a long-term photographic study that honours planet Earth’s greatest river of life: the global ocean.

To read more about Tom and see his work visit www.tomgoldner.com.au

Jake Yugovic – Education

Jake Yugovic is a photographic artist and teacher at Fox. He completed his studies in photography in 2013, and has exhibited at a number of galleries since. He has worked commercially with 19th century photographic processes, and currently runs photography workshops at the Fox Darkroom.

Jake’s work explores the idea of the photograph as fact – while photographs are in one sense literal depictions of the world, much of their power lies in their capacity for suggestion. He is currently working on a series examining the natural forms and histories of Yarra Bend Park in Kew, Melbourne.