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
MassivePhoto :Lab List
- Melbourne Film Suppliers
- Analogue aware service centres
- other organisations you should know about.
This aims to be an all-inclusive 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.
The urbanlight Australian Film Photographer Index may also interest you.
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)
C41 35mm, 120, 4×5, 5×7, 8×10 (ceased Mar 2016)
E6: 35mm, 120,4×5, 5×7, 8×10 (ceased Oct 2015)
B&W: Yes (ceased Mar 2016)
Brighton Bay Photos
Croydon Camera House
Dandenong Image Centre
Elliott’s Photographic Centre
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16 Black Street, Brunswick
Please note opening hours, or make use of dropboxes located in CBD and inner north
C41 35mm, 110, 126, 120, 220, Disposables
Mail orders welcome
L and D One Hour Photo
ph: (03) 9417 4591, 322 Smith Street, Collingwood
C41 35mm, 120
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)
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
Push/Pull & cross processing available on request
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
Peninsula Camera Centre
Photo Production House
The Photo Shop
ph: (03) 9646 2515, 215 Bay St, Port Melbourne
The Presentation Place
The Pro Lab
ph: (03) 9826 0391, 209 Toorak Road, South Yarra
C41: 110, 135, 120, APS
E6: 135, 120,
Smith’s Kodak Express
ph: (03) 9432 1237, | Level 1 Greensborough Plaza
25 Main Street Greensborough
Top Colour Kodak Express
ph: (03) 9802 7722,
423 Blackburn Road Mount Waverley
C41: 135, 120
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ph:(03) 9417 5666, 450 Gore Street Fitzroy
C41: 110, 126, 127, 35mm, 120, 220, APS
C41 4×5 and push pull also possible on request
E6: 126, 127 35mm, 120, 220, 4×5,
B&W: 110, 127, 35mm, 120, 220, 4×5, 8×10
C22: On request
B&W Reversal: all formats to 4×5
Big W have been in the process of switching to a dry lab for some time, services differ from store to store but they are a low cost option worth considering if there’s one near you.
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Melbourne Film Stockists
Photoresource stock a wide range of films, chemistry and other analogue photo bits. (Aug 2016: Photoresource are now online only, no longer a physical store, otherwise no change to business/products)
Analogue camera sales
Listed here are places in Melbourne where you can buy analogue camera gear. Most venues deal in second hand equipment
- Andrews’Antipodean Photographic Emporium
Tyabb Packing House Antique Centre, (Tyabb)
- Australian Photographic Collectors Society
Hold camera markets in Box Hill in March and September
- Camera Exchange (Box Hill)
Wide range of items available, their website has details
- Camera Lane (CBD)
Window on Little Bourke Street displays second hand gear
- Croydon Camera House (Croydon)
Broad range of lomography, polaroid and classic camera gear
Their ebay store lists most items for sale
- Flimneverdie (Parkville)
Stock mostly (but not solely) instant cameras, classic and new.
- michaels camera & Video (CBD)
Windows on Lonsdale Street display second hand gear, also a good place to meet other film shooters.
- Peony Garden (CBD)
283 Little Lonsdale Street
No website, no phone,… (think Portlandia)
A bit of a Melbourne curiosity, only open for an hour or two a day, has two cabinets of interesting film cameras at the back of the store. The rest of the store contains miscellaneous analogue or unidentifiable items.
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
1163 Camberwell Road, Camberwell
shutterbox.com.au ph: (03) 9809 4711
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
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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Gold Street Studios
Offering workshops, supplies and resources for large format and alternate process photography. Located in Trentham Victoria
Melbourne Camera Club
The MCC have been around since 1891, and are worth checking out.
Michaels Camera Museum
A fascinating and surprisingly extensive display of photographic equipment. Free to enter (details)
If you are interested in small gauge motion picture film processing or supplies then Nano Lab is totally up your 8mm alley. (located in Daylesfordm Victoria)
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.
The Fox Darkroom is a newly opened darkroom in Kensington. Offering darkroom hire and analogue photo courses.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
There are several galleries in Melbourne that either specialise in photography or almost do.
- Monash Gallery of Art (Wheelers Hill)
- Colour Factory Gallery (Fitzroy)
- Centre for Contemporary Photography (Fitzroy)
- Magnet Galleries (Melbourne) formerly Photonet Gallery (Fairfield)
- Source Photographica (Brighton)
- Ruffian Gallery and Studio (Footscray) (closed April 2016)
- Strange Neighbour (Fitzroy) (closing November 2016)
- Edmund Pearce (CBD) (sadly closed December 2014)
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. Email me, or leave a comment below.