Contests - Venues - Scholarships EXCLUSIVELY for FILM Shooters

Discussion in 'Presentation & Marketing' started by DF, Dec 12, 2013.

  1. DF

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    "Art" Fairs/Displays - Contests/Competitions - Galleries, you name it, feature nowadays, work from mostly digital cameras.
    So, aren't there any places that want to see photographs from film, and ONLY film? If you know, please list.
     
  2. DF

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    WOW - I can see my thread a real winner here! So many interested!
    Seriously, I thought there'd be an avalanche of responses, I mean, we are afterall, film shooters, aren't we? 90 views, 0 replies ?
     
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    patience is a virtue, it is said,
    You posted at 2am UTC on a world wide site, so it may have been a little optimistic to expect an "avalanche" of replies within 6 hours.
    Also you might take into account that there may not be very many places to list, sadly ...
     
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    Yes, sad but true in some respects. But I believe there must be some folks out there, from say, the "art community" that would like to see work done from film.
     
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    Why would they be so exclusive? Even this site calls the stuff "analog" rather than film.

    Most of us judge the final image - not how is is made. Ignorng the final image because it is not made from an original film negative or positive is foolish at best.

    Some of our finest printers are working from digtal negatives these days and turning out images that are excellent.
     
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    It might be more convenient to find your own venue. A library, the cafe area of a museum, a restaurant foyer, hire a wall-space in a community centre - all sorts of places are possible. There was even someone in the neighbourhood here who waited until the children had left for university, then converted the entire downstairs of his house into an art gallery.

    I will next be showing on eleven metres of wall in the exhibition area of the local central-library - but the lead time on that space is fourteen months!!! Any pre-existing 'real' gallery venue with an analogue limitation will probably be extremely selective, or scheduled ahead for years, or almost broke :wink:
     
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    Lets be honest here, most on this site want to show some work on the web to get that pat on the back just like most of the web-world of photography, regardless of method used to arrive at said image. So this area of the forum is pretty dead because there are very few professional fine art shooters on here, most are hobby types who need to somehow digitize their film images in order to share...they are hardly worried about "Presentation & Marketing".

    I definitely use the notion of a full analog workflow in promoting my fine art, but man.... the lifeblood of the image has got to carry it *all* the way there. In every case that a viewer of my work loves an image, the question of how I arrived at it in terms of tech story and life story always comes up...always. So I never really have to beat anyone over the head to tell them that it is 100% analog, no computers, etc...

    But yeah, don't expect much activity in this section and really, the idea of finding film-only venues is kind of self defeating, you need imagery that will have people tripping over cracks in the sidewalk before that will ever matter...

    Blow someone's mind with the impact of your image and then you get to enjoy the extra "Ooomphf" of telling them it is the real deal, no digital anything.
     
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    Photofilia in Vienna (Austria) is specialised in all things analogue Workshops etc..., once a month there is a meeting of analogue photographers, they also promote analogue photographers work and promote exhibitions by analogue photographers. http://www.photophilia.at/?p=995

    Until a few years ago galleries prefered analogue work this is unfortunately no longer the case. Since the promotion of pigment based inks as being equal to silver prints in archival permancence ( something I still doubt) galleries no longer care. You can do a Miroslav Tichy and they will talk about the use of the analogue medium and the hardship of creating art with this archaic medium but they still don't care they simply use it as a promo gag.

    "Blow someone's mind with the impact of your image" +1
     
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  9. cliveh

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    The decision to use film is a personal choice and has no effect on image appreciation. Take the shot It's Raining!
    by NedL currently on the gallery. If I was told it was done on digital, it is still a great shot. Having said that, I would be surprised to learn it was a digital image, as it has the presence of film.
     
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    I was in 4 curated shows last year, 3 of the 4 I was the only analog photographer. In the 3 shows that had mostly digitally produced prints (a few were hybrid), no one cared "how" they were made. No one. These shows were group shows in galleries.

    In the 4th show there was a specific category for analog prints. Meaning, no computer work in the process at all. It was a "contest" type of show where there were categories and $$ involved for winners. That was the only reason it mattered what your process was.

    In the end if you want to show your work it should be because you like the end result. It's your vision and your expression that produces the image. That is what is important.

    D.
     
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    You might check the local Art associations. Two in our area have banned giclee prints from all exhibits. Of course that doesn't stop alternative processes with hybrid workflow, nor silver gelatin prints produced from digital enlargers. Also you will be competing with members & judges many of whom have a low opinion of photography, even analogue.
     
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    Point Light Gallery in Sydney, Australia shows and sells only pictures (photographs, that is) made out of light sensitive materials. As far as I know they have never let digital up the stairs let alone through the door even once in all their years. Frankly I doubt if they have ever admitted a colour picture either. Conflict of interest - they represent me.