ABOUT US


We Develop Films & Community

Hi, my name is Ivelin Penchev (or just Ivicha) and I’m a founder of RadLab: a photography studio nested in the town of Gabrovo, Bulgaria. The idea about it was born out of my desire to share my passion about emulsion-based photography. I was always missing a place, where I can learn, practice and experiment with like-minded enthusiasts, whilst drawing inspiration from one another. So I made one.

While our studio is dedicated to photography, we embrace a multidisciplinary approach, recognizing that each subject we specialize in is interconnected. By fostering a collaborative environment where diverse opinions, ideas and perceptions are encouraged, we aim to create a dynamic space that benefits our local community members, fellow individuals and artists.

Our extensive range of services includes film development, scanning and printmaking. We specialize in a wide range of traditional photography processes, as well as the modern approach of creating digital negatives.

You want to do it yourself? Check our services, that include access to our lab as well as a variety of workshops and classes.

Whether you’re a budding beginner or an experienced visioner, we believe there is great value in working alongside and growing together.


We Develop Films & Community

Hi, my name is Ivelin Penchev (or just Ivicha) and I’m a founder of RadLab: a photography studio nested in the town of Gabrovo, Bulgaria. The idea about it was born out of my desire to share my passion about emulsion-based photography. I was always missing a place, where I can learn, practice and experiment with like-minded enthusiasts, whilst drawing inspiration from one another. So I made one.

While our studio is dedicated to photography, we embrace a multidisciplinary approach, recognizing that each subject we specialize in is interconnected. By fostering a collaborative environment where diverse opinions, ideas and perceptions are encouraged, we aim to create a dynamic space that benefits our local community members, fellow individuals and artists.

Our extensive range of services includes film development, scanning and printmaking. We specialize in a wide range of traditional photography processes, as well as the modern approach of creating digital negatives.

You want to do it yourself? Check our services, that include access to our lab as well as a variety of workshops and classes.

Whether you’re a budding beginner or an experienced visioner, we believe there is great value in working alongside and growing together.

The Lab

  • Enlargers and equipment suitable for Silver gelatin printing in sizes up to 40x50cm (16×20’’)
  • Jobo Processor for developing 35mm, 120mm and 4×5’’ in C-41 (color), Black and White and cross-processing
  • UV exposure lamp for alternative processes contact printing up to 50x70cm with DIY vacuum frame

Digital Lab

  • EPSON V850 PRO for scanning all sizes photographic films: 35mm, 120mm, 4×5’’,8×10’’, 10×13’’
  • 12-color CANON PRO-2100 printer, capable of creating prints up to 61cm (24’’) on the short side
  • DATACOLOR Spyderprint calibrator, creating custom print profiles for each media we use
  • Various cutters, trimmers and stitching machines for creating photobooks and zines

Shooting Area

  • Spacy area with natural light.
  • Three portable battery-powered flashes.
  • 3-colored background system

Classroom & Gallery

Gallery and classroom space availble for shows or events with educational purposes.

Camera Gear

  • Analog and digital
  • 35 mm and medium format films
  • Wide standart and tele-lenses
  • Tripods and accessories

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