Film photography in Kuwait

  • Where to buy film cameras in Kuwait?

Still some Digital shops & Photo Labs sell small compact cameras mostly from china. But if your are looking for old used ones, you will find them in Friday Market (Kuwait flea Market). We suggest you drop by on weekends.

  • Where To Process (Develop) Your Films In Kuwait?

1. Qurtuba Co-Op Studio.

Color negative Films only (C-41).

Address: Qurtuba Mall Shop No.7 Tel: +25319648

Note: Quick Service.

2. Ashkanani.

Color negatives films (C-41) – Black & White.

Address: Salmiya -Baghdad St. Tel: +25635183- +25642771

  • Where To Scan Your Negatives In Kuwait?

1. Qurtuba Co-Op Studio.

Address: Qurtuba Mall Shop No.7 Tel: +25319648

2. Ashkanani.

Address: Salmiya -Baghdad St. Tel: +25635183- +25642771

3. Boushihri Photo Service.

Address: Salmiya- Baghdad St. – Building No.36 Tel: +25620007



21 thoughts on “Film photography in Kuwait

    • And also Asharf in Qurtba, they only proccess not print. And ashaknani they print but they don’t make it’s 6×6 they treat it as 35mm frame!! So make sure they scan it in the meduim format.

      • Hey,

        May you please elaborate further? Im new to medium format photography.

        Whats the difference between processing and filming?

        Thanks Again!

      • Sorry Dalal, I just found out my 1st reply didn’t go through. It sound strange in my 2nd reply starting with” And” lol.
        Lets start from the beginning. Process is to develop the film. In Ashraf in Qurtba they do develop all film except they don’t print 120 films. At Ashaknani they do develop and print 120 films. BUT the problem they don’t print the 120 as square. You can see in our blog some of my prints how they look. So your better option is to scan hour negative at home if you have scanner.
        I hope this will make it clear and make. Let me know if you need anything.

  1. Hi, very nice and helpful website. I would like to ask if you know of a place where to get 35mm film in kuwait. like kodak portra, kodak ektar or fujicolor pro 400h. thank you

    • Hi! Thanks for visiting the website!
      I’m afraid the film selection here is unfortunately very limited. The ones I’ve found so far are either Kodak Gold 200, or Fujicolor 200. They;re quite decent films.
      If you happen to pass by your local photo lab, you might find one of them in stock. Also, try AAB World or Ashraf.
      Best of luck!

  2. I am glad to find this site.. Good job!
    Which of the above 2 developers you prefer? I tried Ashkanani once and I was disappointed of the quality. My negative was full of scratches and dried residuals and dirt obviously he never cleaned his chemicals for years may be, in addition he did not use sleeves and obviously was full of finger prints. I scan my own negatives and I believe because of their high quality scanners they don’t really care about how clean is the negatives since their scanner is capable of removing all of these.

    Tried Ashraf too at Qurtuba Coops and it was much better but I don’t really like the “photo fast” kind of developing and he can’t help you if you want to push or pull your film ISO.

    I got my C4 chemicals to develop at home but I am still lazy to start. I wonder if there is any body else who does decent negatives developments!

    • Thank you. I totally agree with you about Ashkanani, I had the same problem with them. Because most the time am not in Kuwait I process my film when I travel. And I done my black and white at home with ilford chemicals. I have never tried C4.

  3. I came across a new 35mm film called cinestill which is basically a Kodak motion picture film that they still use to date in motion film making .. its treated to suits still photography and the idea behind it is very interesting check it out

    I ordered few and can’t wait to shoot it. So yeah .. Film is not dead 🙂

  4. Hey!
    Glad I came across this this. Quick question: can I buy photo chemicals in Kuwait or should I order them? And if I were to order them, will the customs allow them in?

    • Hi there,

      Unfortunately to our knowledge, no ones sells chemicals in shops here in Kuwait. And regardeing ordering by mails, yes you might have issues with customs. Although we advice you to inquire from the courier company, there is one guy managed to order 2 years ago.

      Tell us what are you looking for, we might help you. since we have access to someone that have items for sale (chemicals, films, reels)


  5. I don’t think you can find the chemicals in Kuwait so you need to order them.

    Kodak makes them in powder and I have ordered these with no problem. Just avoid the ready made liquid ones.

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