K4 Black & White Photo Lab

Basic Information

Mission Statement

The lab is publicly funded. We are part of the Kunst- und Kulturquartier Nürnberg. We are a public workshop. Everyone can drop in and start working after a short introduction or training.

We are non-commercial, DIY.

We offer black and white film processing and printing only.

Where, When and How

We reopen in May 2022.

While the Künstlerhaus is being renovated, we reside in the Peuntgasse 7. For this space - being tighter than the one in the Künstlerhaus - we agreed on the following concept with the City of Nuremberg:

Opening Times and Regulations

Considering the current COVID regulations a maximum of 2 people may be admitted to the tight lab space. However we've decided to reopen for walk-ins only without any reservation mechanism - first come, first served. If you know in advance that you'll not be there for the whole evening, e.g. just for developing one film, it would be very kind to let as know as early as possible so that another visitor in the queue may catch your place later on.

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will be our regular lab days. Usually we start at 5:30 pm and we close at 9:30 pm. There may be additional days. We'll do our best to announce changes to the opening hours in advance.

You can find the current list of opening dates and times on the pages of the KuKuQ following the link Offene Werkstätten - Fotolabor.

Mandatory Tests for Everyone

We strictly enforce that anyone regardless of the vaccination status has to do a COVID test at check-in. Please bring your own test. That is a strict requirement which has to be met to enable the policy to operate without masks inside the lab space.

Mouth-Nose-Cover and Desinfection

You may work without a mask. However, you may decide freely to wear a mask. On check-in you you are welcome to use desinfection means to clean your hands. Before checking out, you will be help us to clean everything you used thoroughly.

Who can attend?

All of you who are interested in handling film, paper and chemicals.

What to bring

You just bring an exposed black and white film or some b&w negatives. Of course you could bring a pinhole camera, too, loaded with exposed paper which we will take and develop in the darkroom.

Our enlargers can handle 35 mm and 120 film up to 4x5 inch film. However, enlargers for the bigger formats are in high demand - please be prepared to work with 35mm when the bigger enlargers are already in use.


Regular visitors pay 5 Euro (4 Euro for students) for a whole evening, this includes the paper chemicals for the regular process and the use of the equipment - of course, our tuition is included as well.

Other processes like lith printing may differ because of the expensive chemicals needed.

One 35mm film development costs 2.50 Euro, a 120 film will be 4.00 Euro for each film.

If you don't bring your own paper, you usually can buy RC paper in different sizes from us.


General Information

In case you need some information you are very welcome to write an email to fotolab-k4(at)gmx(dot)de. We try to take care of your request within 2 days.

If you register for the email list, you will be informed if we have to close for some days or if we have to change the opening times.

Postal address: Kulturzentrum K4, Fotolabor, Peuntgasse 7, 90402 Nürnberg