5 Best Places to Develop Film in Minneapolis

Cover Photo: Winter 2012 by Marcus Metropolis, ( CC BY-ND 2.0 ), Taken on Fujifilm 200 film on a Leica M6


Analog photography is having a resurgence in Minneapolis. That’s because analog photography is having a resurgence everywhere. 

What used to be a somewhat niche interest has fully infiltrated the mainstream. Between Instagram filters based on the look of film, and disposable camera apps that make you wait until the next day for your photos to “develop”, it’s safe to say that the youth are really drawn to analog.

For all of you purists that are looking perplexed after reading that last sentence, don’t you worry, you’re still in the right place. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or shooting your first roll of film, we’ve got the information on all of the best places to develop film in Minneapolis. 

Check out the list below – we’ve broken down which types of film are accepted at each location, as well as a map



Film photo of someone skipping rocks in a river
Brianskipping by Sarah, ( CC BY 2.0 )

Linhoff Photo

Location: 4811 Excelsior Blvd, St Louis Park, MN 55416

Many photo labs across the country have endured the test of time for decades, through significant changes in the photographic industry. And while older labs are still somewhat common, no others have the distinction of being the first Kodak official color lab. 

Established in 1954, Linhoff Photo has the most thorough list of offerings for film photographers in Minneapolis

All types of film can be processed on-site; 35mm, 120, and large format film whether it is C-41 color, black and white, or E-6 slide film. 

If you come across some odd film you want to experiment with, Linhoff can take care of you. They also develop APS, 110, 126/127, and 620 film. 

On top of film processing, you can expect to find all the standard offerings of a full service photo lab, like printing, scanning, color correction, etc. 

For more information, you can visit Linhoff Photo.



West Photo

Location: 21 University Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

West Photo first opened their doors during the heyday of film photography, over four decades ago. A full-service photo shop, we’re pleased to say that film processing is still offered. 

If you decide to take your film to West Photo, they develop 35mm and 120 film, both C-41 color and black and white. 

Aside from standard photo lab services like scanning and printing, you can find just about any type of photo gear, rentals, used cameras, and a selection of darkroom supplies. 

West Photo is also the most centrally located photolab in all of Minneapolis.

To learn more, check out West Photo


Film photo of shrubs in Minneapolis
L_M6_12503 by Ernesto De Quesada, ( CC BY 2.0 ), Taken on Kodak Portra film on a Leica M6

Fast Foto

Location: 9145 Lyndale Ave S, Bloomington, MN 55420

Independently owned and operated for over 30 years, Fast Foto is a spot where you can develop disposable cameras or film in the Minneapolis area. 

Black and white and C-41 color film are both processed, whether 35mm or 120 medium format. Black and white film is developed by hand. 

The “fast” in this photo lab’s name might not be totally accurate, depending on your level of patience. Turnaround time on film is usually under a week. Take that how you will. 

You can order prints of your photos on just about any material you can imagine, and get help with other standard photo lab services. 

If you’re interested, head over to Fast Foto.


Photo King

Location: 1042 Wayzata Blvd E, Wayzata, MN 55391

You may be able to take your film to Photo King for processing, but heads up, only 35mm film is accepted (and, oddly enough, APS).

That goes for C-41 color, black and white, and E-6 slide film. 

Photo King is the definition of no-frills. While it’s not necessarily a professional lab, it may work for you to drop off a few rolls of 35mm or some disposable cameras for developing. 

For a full list of services offered at this lab, check out Photo King.



MPLS Photo Center Darkroom

Location: 1400 Van Buren St NE Suite 200, Minneapolis, MN 55413

The MPLS Photo Center is quite the organization. They offer photo exhibits, equipment rentals, studio spaces, digital labs, and a black and white darkroom that anyone can rent. 

This spot will only be of interest to those who know how to develop their own B&W film (or have the desire to learn). We appreciate that the darkroom is available for anyone to rent, as many similar organizations require a membership that can be costly. BYO Chemistry!

To learn more about the many programs and offerings, you should visit Mpls Photo Center Darkrooms.

 

Map of Where to Develop Film in Minneapolis



Anywhere Else?

Black and white film photo of the Minneapolis skyline at night
Minneapolis by James Cadwell, ( CC BY-SA 2.0 )

Do you know anywhere else to develop film in Minneapolis? Any experience with any of these labs? Let us know in the comments. 

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