Melbourne has a thriving film shooting community. Whether you are a rusted-on believer in the old ways, or simply film curious, then living in or visiting this city gives you an opportunity to buy gear, meet other like-minded folk or just get your analogue fix.
The Melbourne Film Shooter’s guide is a record of where to go to get your analogue desires met. This page contains the Melbourne
Massive Photo :Lab List, Melbourne Film Suppliers, Analogue aware service centres and other organisations you should know about.
This is a simple list. It is not a set of hand-picked recommendations. I do try and keep this information current but please contact labs you discover via this list to check opening hours and services offered before heading across town as things are ever changing.
If you are aware of any errors or omissions, please do get in touch and through the magic of 20/20 hindsight all will be made good.
Massive Photo Lab List
Here they are, all known Melbourne photo labs in Alphabetical order, including some notes on what they do and where they are.
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ph: 03 9429 1299 4-8 Gwynne Street, Cremorne (Richmond)
Services: C41 35mm, 120, 4×5, 5×7, 8×10 E6: 35mm, 120,4×5, 5×7, 8×10 BW: Yes
(Film processing only on Tuesdays and Thursdays)
Croydon Camera House
Digi Direct Melbourne
Digital Photo Place
Elizabeth Photo Centre (closed March 2014)
ph: (03) 9629 6661 7 Elizabeth Street Melbourne
Services: C41 35mm, 120, E6: Yes, BW: No
Elliott’s Photographic Centre
Elsternwick Camera Centre
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ph: 16 Black Street, Brunswick (please email/call before visiting or use dropboxes)
Drop box available at Hillvale, £1,000 Bend and Incu Melbourne
Services: C41 35mm, 120 E6: No, BW: Not yet
L and D One Hour Photo
ph: (03) 9417 4591 322 Smith Street, Collingwood
Services: C41 35mm, 120 E6: No, BW: No
Lygon Court 1 hour photos
michael’s Camera and Video
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ph: (03) 9672 2222 Corner Elizabeth Street and Lonsdale Street Melbourne
(263-269 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne)
C41: 35mm, 110, 126, 120, 220, 4×5, 5×7, 8×10
E6: 35mm, 110, 126, 120, 220, 4×5, 5×7, 8×10
B&W: 110, 126, 120, 220, 4×5, 5×7, 8×10
Mini Lab Photo First
ph:(03) 9574 6118 276 Springvale Road, Springvale
Services: confirmation required
Mordialloc 1 hour photo (closing down)
ph:(03) 9587 3805 Shop 1/ 600 Main St, Mordialloc
Services: C41: 35mm
Peninsula Camera Centre
Photo Production House
The Photo Shop
ph: (03) 9646 2515 215 Bay St, Port Melbourne
Services: C41: 135 E6: No B&W: No
The Pro Lab
ph: (03) 9826 0391 209 Toorak Road, South Yarra
Services: C41: 110, 135, 120, APS E6: 135, 120, B&W: yes
Smith’s Kodak Express
ph: (03) 9432 1237 | Level 1 Greensborough Plaza 25 Main Street Greemnsborough
Services: C41: 135 E6: No B&W: No
Worthy of mention but as they don’t process in store not technically a lab, but they do offer next day service on 35mm and 120.
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Melbourne Film Stockists
I have a good selection of medium format Kodak film available for sale in the urbanlight shop at the moment.
Analogue aware camera repairers
Several repairers will be able to assist with repairs of analogue gear.
56 Easey Street, Collingwood
ph: (03) 9419 5247
17/277-289 Middleborough Rd, Box Hill South
(03) 9898 4999
The Instant Camera Guy
1163 Camberwell Road, Camberwell
shutterbox.com.au ph: ph: (03) 9809 4711 firstname.lastname@example.org
Nagami Camera Service
17 Woodville Road, Mooroolbark
nagamicamera.com.au ph: (03) 9727 3388
Level 5, 358 Lonsdale St, Melbourne
vintechcamerarepairs.com.au ph: (03) 9602 1820
Other organisations you should know about
Melbourne Silver Mine Inc.
The Silver Mine are a non profit analogue photo collective. They hold exhibitions, meetups and other social events. If you live in Melbourne and are into analogue cameras and the occasional beer, you should at the very least familiarise yourself with them.
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Asia Pacific Photobook Archive
The Asia Pacific Photobook Archive (APPA) a not-for-profit open-access physical archive of self-published and independent photobooks. The APPA is established to provide a ‘real’ way to see photobooks that would otherwise only be viewable online.
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Melbourne Camera Club
The MCC have been around since 1891, and are worth checking out.
If you are interested in small gauge motion picture film processing or supplies then Nano Lab is totally up your 8mm alley.
(not technically in Melbourne, but we will make an exception here due to amazingness)
There has been quite some progress in the availability of darkroom space in Melbourne in recent months.
ACME ET AL in Yarra Glen have a commercial darkroom available for hire.
Several Melbourne Silver Mine members run darkrooms and they occasionally make them available to members of the group or the public. Their flickr forum is a good place to ask for what’s out there, or email email@example.com
There are several galleries in Melbourne that either specialise in photography or almost do.
- Edmund Pearce (CBD)
- Monash Gallery of Art (Wheelers Hill)
- Centre for Contemporary Photography (Fitzroy)
- Photonet Gallery (Fairfield)
- Source Photographica (Brighton)
- Ruffian Gallery and Studio (Footscray)
Check out the urbanlight what’s on guide for a complete list of photographic shows and events in Melbourne
This Guide is maintained by Chris Zissiadis, keen film snapper and shooter of Melbourne things.
Please let me know of any errors, omissions or new stuff.