About Rapid Eye

Rapid Eye was founded by Lee Williams in 1996 as an affordable London colour darkroom and film processing facility, where photographers could experiment with ideas and techniques.

Over the years the darkroom has grown and sustained a community of like-minded photographers who strive to create interesting groundbreaking quality images which you will find in the best galleries, magazines and books around the world.

Based in the heart of London's Shoreditch, we are still going strong,  providing a stable hub for professional photographers, photography enthusiasts and students - everyone is welcome.

Lee Williams was born in Swansea in 1972. He had his first Polaroid Land camera by the time that he was 9 years old. Lee became fanatic about cameras and started printing colour film in his bedroom by the time he was 12.  Lee studied photography at Ty Coch College Swansea and then onto Bournemouth and Poole Art School. Lee founded Rapid Eye Darkrooms in 1996. A darkroom facility designed to emulate the services offered by Art Colleges to their students. A do it yourself darkroom which also offers professional film processing and printing.



Rapid Eye offers a full range of services to photographers; colour darkroom hire, professional 'dip and dunk' film processing,  expert hand processing of B&W film, hand c-type printingcontact printsdigital c-type printing, mnilab services,  retouching, Imacon and flat bed scanning.

We believe in supporting and encouraging the next generation of photographers and offer 20% discount to students on most services.

And if we can't help you, we probably know someone who can.


"I love rapid eye. To have a Digital C-Type printer along side the darkroom is a perfect and efficient balance for my practice as a traditional photographer in a modern digital world."


"Good people, good quality and good price!"


"Rapid Eye holds a central place in my practice and I would be lost without it. The beauty of Rapid Eye is that it lets photographers take control of the production and output of their work from start to finish all under one roof in fantastic, friendly and expert company. Oh yeah and there's a great pub next door."