Darkroom.Tech is a web-based platform that enables any photographer to create and sell high-quality prints with no cost or risk. It’s designed in a way that lets people sell prints without paying money up front. Serving as co-founder with Chapman is Anders Bill, Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences ’17.
Chapman says right now, photographers looking to sell their prints have two options that often don’t work unless they’re already well established and reaping income from their photography.
“Either you buy a ton of your own prints in bulk and then you sit on an inventory and you don’t know if they’re going to sell or not, or you can subscribe to these things called print-on-demand services,” said Chapman, who is from Minnesota and studied marketing and entrepreneurship at the Carroll School. “Basically they can’t sell prints without putting up money first.”
In the Darkroom.Tech model, photographers post their shots at that site and announce how much they’d like to charge for prints and how many they want to sell. Darkroom.Tech makes the prints only if it receives sufficient orders and then shares the revenue with the photographer. The company also packs and ships the orders.
With funding from the Soaring Startup Circle, a summer accelerator program created for students by Boston College alumni, Chapman and Bill are now working full time on their startup.