from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who or that which enlarges, increases, extends, or expands; an amplifier.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who or that which enlarges.
  • noun (Photography) an optical device for making copies of photographs larger than the original, having a head for holding the original, a source of illumination to project the image, and a bed for holding the sensitized photographic paper which will received the larger image.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun photography An optical device used to make enlarged prints from a photographic negative
  • noun Any device that makes something bigger, or appear bigger.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun photographic equipment consisting of an optical projector used to enlarge a photograph


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  • The dim aura of red light, the smell of different chemical baths as you poured, the brilliant sharp focused light of the enlarger as you anxiously wait to see your negative secrets come to life; these are the sensory (even sensual) aspects of my paradise lost.


  • Bruce Arthurs: One of the interesting things about the Speed graphic is that one may use it as an enlarger.

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  • The fact that the contact prints are big enough to actually get detail out of is tremendously important, and almost every enlarger ever made can do a 6x6 negative.

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  • Accordingly I would suggest getting a cheap enlarger and at least making contact prints traditionally.

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  • I loved how it looked, and I was interested in using the large-format film, although the school enlargers had no plates for it and the one boy who was using one had to make his own enlarger plates out of manila folders.

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  • I struggled to get the camera and enlarger to reveal what I loved about the world.

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  • The result might have been what Nicholson calls "a detached typology of modernist industrial design" in which the enlarger stands at the centre, strangely human in its form.

    Analog – review

  • Not all enlarger arrangements will handle it the lensing is a pain.

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  • And as I moved all the junk off of the enlarger and found the rather elderly chemicals, I realized that I was fascinated by the idea of developing and printing my own pictures3.

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  • My father used the upstairs bathroom as a darkroom when I was about young - light-tight blind, red lamp, sandbag thing along the bottom edge of the door to block light, developer/fixer trays in the bathtub, enlarger clamped on a sheet of heavy plywood over the sink & vanity - so darkroom chemicals are one of those deep-in-the-bone scents that mean "childhood" to me in some strange way, like yeast and cinnamon.

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  • Added! (Thanks, bilby.)

    March 18, 2014