Up until a few years ago film processing labs had gone the way of video rental stores – basically extinct. In recent times however film photography, much like vinyl records, has come back in a big way, with people searching for authentic, nostalgic feeling photography that doesn’t just get lost in a sea of iPhone albums.
We do have a few options around Perth to get film developed, with some keen young beans popping up along with a couple of larger chains:
A mainstay of the Perth photography scene, Fitzgerald Photo in North Perth have been processing film for over 50 years (!). Absolute experts with quality being top priority, you can last in any industry for five decades without being at the top of your game.
350 Fitzgerald St, North Perth
Lab West Film
Lab West Film is a new photo lab that’s just opened up in the heart of Northbridge, with a focus on a friendly vibe to make newcomers and old hats all feel welcome. Their pricing is really competitive, and they’ve got a great little shop full of all kinds of film, along with magazines and re-usable film cameras like the ones pictured below – check their services and shop HERE.
46a/188 Newcastle St, Perth
(The old cottage, near the corner of William St)
Silver Halide Studios
Silver Halide Studios offer hand processing of Black & White, colour and E-6 film, along with alternative darkroom printing services and medium and large format photography services. Another awesome spot on this list with a personal, high quality touch, and well-priced to boot.
10 Mararoa Ct, Padbury
digiDirect are a larger Australian brand you can trust to get the job done and for a great price. While they may be all the way out in Cannington they get the processing done fast, and they even give you a free roll of C200 when your drop yours off – bonza!
12 Cecil Ave, Cannington
Format Film is the brainchild of a few local lads with background in science, chemistry and photography (of course), who sought to offer a great film developing service in Perth that also focuses on helping the environment. They don’t use CD’s or USB’s – all you need to do is drop your film in one of their drop boxes (at Livid Skate Cafe in Scarborough or Mill’s Records in Freo), and they’ll send your high quality scans into the cloud. Get the lowdown on how it all works HERE.
Unit 4a/6 Scarborough Beach Rd, Scarborough + 22 Adelaide St, Fremantle
A one-stop shop for all things printing, there’s no job Churchill won’t be able get done for you. If you’re looking to get some images blown up into larger prints or on canvas, Churchill is an excellent option.
288 Railway Pde, Perth
Focus Pocus is a small new venture from local photography Chris Beecroft, very much in its infant stages but a cool, small scale alternative to some of the bigger joints we’ve mentioned. Just operating out of his home, he’s got plenty of film for sale and even cameras from time to time. Check out his WEBSITE for more info.
Arguably Australia’s biggest chain when it comes to film developing, if you’re looking for no muss, no fuss film developing Camera House is the way to go. Their Leederville, Hay St and Fremantle stores have dedicated film processing labs, and depending on how busy they are you’ll usually get the scans through later that same day (if you go early enough).
717 Hay St, Perth + 201 Oxford St, Leederville + 83 Market St, Fremantle
Cover photo of Lab West Film in Perth