The PHOTOCLOSET is a fully equipped, 24 hour access black and white/digital darkroom. It is centrally located in an active visual arts building (The Pound Building, 1216 Tenth Avenue, between Spring and Union Streets). It has been in operation since 1991 and functions on a membership basis with a limit of 30 members at any one time.

The Photocloset strives to provide its photographers with a creative working environment in which one can work freely without watching the clock as one is likely to do in a facility with hourly rates, and is geared towards artists, committed photographers and hobbyists alike. The Photocloset encourages members to experiment with the medium and different techniques. We maintain the very affordable access fee by not hiring monitors. The members take responsibility for keeping the space clean and accessible for everyone. Once a year the members are invited to participate in The Pound Open Studios, an opportunity for recognition and to bring the members of the Pound Building together as a community.

The $75/month membership fee affords each member the use of a print room with three enlargers (two Beseler 23C and an Omega Pro), print kits for standard, medium and large format negatives, a negative loading/developing room, basic chemistry for developing film and paper, private lockers and a digital workstation (w/ eMacG4, Photoshop, Canon scanner, Canon photo printer and internet access). There is a two month minimum and a $50 key deposit, adding up to a start up fee of $200.

For Photocloset membership availability and information, please e-mail us at:
or call us at (206) 323-0557

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Reinventing the Myth of “The Body Beautiful”

I look around me, and all I see are artists, media, advertising, etc, reinforcing this idea that unless I go to the gym and get all these big rippling overblown muscles that I am not desirable as a person. That message has permeated our whole society. Even the photographers who are at the top of the mainstream use heavily muscled men, most with next to no body or facial hair, if any at all. I had always believed that art is not supposed to reflect society, but change the way it thinks. If that is the case, why then are so many of today’s “popular” photographers mirroring society, rather than pointing out its problems? Why, why, WHY??? I suppose that part of the problem lies with the public. We continue to buy into the myth. We let the advertising agencies and the gyms and everyone else play on our guilt. We do physical and psychological damage to ourselves trying to look like these people. Is it any wonder why eating disorders of all types continue to climb?


Do not buy into the myth any longer. Stand up and say “screw you” to the advertisers and the gyms, and all the businesses, and the artists that are telling you that you look bad. My models are all 10-15 pounds underweight to 10-15 pounds overweight, and so what? Many have body and/or facial hair. So what? They look great as the subject of art.


Now, I am not foolish enough to think that a change in our culture will happen overnight. I am not even sure if it will happen in my lifetime. But you know what? My models “get it”. My fans “get it”. People are responding, people are thinking, people are growing. Little by little, we’re taking back control.

Think for yourselves, it’s incredibly freeing. Cause change, it’s incredibly empowering.

Pass it on!

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