Darkroom supplies in Barcelona

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  1. Josephine

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    Hi...

    Does anyone know where I could find photographic paper in Barcelona? It's better if it's a physical store, because someone will buy and bring it for me from there and I want to give specific instructions to make it simple.

    Thank you very much!
     
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    PM sent with a link to a photographer I met up with in Barcelona early this year. Prices are high in Spain.

    Ian
     
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    Just saw it. I think it's still better than order from US, because of the shipping and taxes, but I'll make sure it's convenient to buy there.

    Thank you, Ian!!
     
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    If there is a week or so before they leave then it would be do-able (though less convenient, as you mentioned) to make an order via the internet (Macodirect etc.) and have it delivered to your friend before they leave Spain.

    Make sure they know to carry the paper in their hand-baggage too, as their suitcase will likely be scanned with a much higher energy machine and that could really affect the paper.
     
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    It seems that he's going to England next, so maybe it will be easier and cheaper. I hope so.

    I got all my paper ruined with yellow stains, that's why I'm asking him to bring me some more. I showed some friends and they think it's because of the x-ray machine. I'm not sure of it, but better be careful anyway.

    Thank you!!
     
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    The website is off, but I found the address and phone. Thank you!!
     
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    We had a customer take paper home to Norway - it was put in checked baggage, not carry on. There was a very interesting result from the unintentional experiment.....

    In the case were packs of Ilford Multigrade FB Warmtone and Adox Fine Print Vario Classic. All the Adox was fogged by the Xray, but the Ilford was not affected at all.

    But nobody should take this as a recommendation to send ANY light sensitive materials through checked baggage - it's never a good idea!

    Matt
     
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    There are two addresses in Barcelona that I can recommend:

    1. EUROSIMER SA
    Enric Granados, 68 08008 Barcelona
    Phone +34 934 51 22 32
    I don't know whether they still have papers and films etc. but they are great guys and I know for sure that they do business with customers in South America.

    2. ARPI Barcelona
    La Rambla, 38-40
     
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    The big ARPI store on La Rambla is worth a visit for visiting's sake, but the better stock of darkroom supplies is at Casanova, and probably better prices too. If you are going to be in Barcelona, do certainly stop by ARPI and go up to the 6th floor camera museum - it's worth the effort. Everything from daguerreotypes to subminiature and underwater cameras.
     
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    Arpi

    Arpi is easy to find. It is on the famous Rambla. (Be careful - this street is very dangerous because of pickpockets. Watch Your cameras and wallet when walking through this street).

    Arpi was expensive, when I bought some book last year there.
     
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    La Rambla is to be sure a tourist mecca, therefore at heightened risk of pick-pocketing. That said, I walked up and down it many times during my ten days in Barcelona, carrying a Contax G2 and a full complement of lenses and never had a problem. Don't be afraid - just be sensible and you'll be fine. Don't walk around gawking like a stupid, unaware tourist and you'll be fine. Not far from La Rambla is the old medieval neighborhood where the art galleries are located - if you're there, take the time to wander over and check them out. Even though it's a (relatively) small scene, it's a lot more enticing than the New York scene, to me - I liked a lot more of what I was seeing.

    Bear in mind that ARPI has two locations on La Rambla - one at the very bottom of La Rambla, maybe a block if that from the Columbus monument, and another one, on the same side of the street a block or two further up. The big ARPI is the one closer to the Columbus monument. I don't know about the Spanish camera market but to me their prices for used camera gear were QUITE high, but they could be indicative of the european camera market in general.