we have put on a show here in london. we are a new analogue pro-lab and we asked our clients to choose a neg for us to print, more than 50 images
we had 500 or so people at the opening (the free beer may have helped) and interest from national press, local radio and the british journal of photography.
the spin was that almost all the work was recent thus proving that film use was still relevant in a variety of situations, hopefully the printing proved the point too.
obviously it was a huge pr excercise for us but also for the medium.
we also have darkrooms for hire and offer courses for kids etc via http://www.fourcornersfilm.co.uk/
here are a few links:
Make videos on you tube why you like film so much…this guy tim haines did it and is attracting some curiosity. Think about it, this kind of promoting may light a few switches in the minds of younger individuals who want to get into photography but don’t have a small fortune to spend on a digital system.
People who are more into artistic photography will eventually turn to film and stay with it (if they become aware of it). There is no comparing the satisfaction you get or the beauty of a print made in the darkroom to a digital image from Photoshop…but you all know this of course. The trick is to make others know this as well. The best way to promote something like this is showing your passion for it to those who will listen.
Ken Rockwell’s Web site promote film use, whether intentional or not. He gets a lot of newbie viewers so there you go…
We should stop saying “film is not dead” it’s like saying “I’m not stupid” it just makes most suspect that you are.
Finally, maybe people will get fed up of buying new cameras because the one they have doesn’t work with their new computer or the battery is discontinued or that the LCD screen went blank…whatever. Maybe they will get fed up of just burning up all their money continuously trying to keep up to date with technology and it’s frivolous upgrades. Maybe, just maybe they will realize that the benefit of digital is outweighed by its drawbacks…or at least some may.
If film is discontinued completely, I will buy a plate camera and make my own custom emulsions, I just like the process too much. In fact I see this as my next step up sometime soon.
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Last fall, I became a tourist attraction myself, on a free day following a business trip to Las Vegas. I took my lightweight 4x5 (Toyo carbon-fiber field camera) to Valley of Fire state park to shoot red rocks. When the tour buses full of European tourists arrived after the good light, some of them took pictures of me with tripod and dark cloth. As others posted above, I allowed interested onlookers to look at the ground glass under the cloth and explained why it was inverted.
Interestingly enough pretty much all the hottest young editorial photographers I've discovered lately seem to be shooting mainly or exclusively film, some are even using large format. And yet the film-is-dead-myth is still perpetuated, it's very weird.
OK, like who?
Originally Posted by amsp
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The most frequently asked question or observation?
"Is that a film camera? Can you still get film for that?" *
The second most frequently asked question or observation (usually accompanied by sad, downward-looking eyes)?
"I'm sorry. All I have is this digital camera..."
* I refuse to play the smartass since I realize the questions are asked in good faith. But sometimes I want to answer "No actually, you can't" just to see how long it takes to register.
"When making a portrait, my approach is quite the same as when I am portraying a rock. I do not wish to impose my personality upon the sitter, but, keeping myself open to receive reactions from his own special ego, record this with nothing added: except of course when I am working professionally, when money enters in,—then for a price, I become a liar..."
— Edward Weston, Daybooks, Vol. II, February 2, 1932
I had an interesting conversation with a fellow educator who also teaches inner city school kids photography. She was gripping about the quality of the small digi-snappers that were allotted this year (one was a vivitar point n shoot). I had remarked that film cameras were very affordable on the entry level and even offered the use of some cameras and the darkroom, because the photos though ok were of very poor resolution and color rendition. The response was a very big No way! I was a bit surprised, she herself admitted she was a long time film photographer with b&w, and that it was very lovely but it was convience of editing and the instant viewing of images that were important to her.
I find that's with many of my friends too, many all want to learn but few commit, with cameras that just sit and gather dust. But they will snap away with their phone and throw a few filters on the images. It's just the convience of it all they say.
This past weekend's WSJ review section had a massive spread of cameras and lenses that took up more than half the front page of that section. The majority of them film cameras from leicas to mediumformat bronicas. The article was about iPhone camera apps. Yea I know, I felt a bit sick too after reading a bit of it. Again it was about convience.
Truthfully I don't think using a film camera is that much more work. The quality of the work in return is more than worth the time spent developing and printing it. And for beginners it establishes a firm base of knowlege and understanding. I'm doing my part by stressing this fact, as well as teaching and helping in any way, to get students shooting film and working in the darkroom. This past winter term, I've taught a group of about 50 students on b&w films and paper as well as an intern from the ground up. They love the darkroom and I'm glad they are learning so quickly.
Get them early, a child will look in wonder at a monochrome print magically appearing in developer, I was taught at school and the first thing I bought when I got a job was a low cost darkroom set up. Sadly though we are in an age of instant gratification, my brother (a barrister) has drawn up papers for me to get anyone to sign after our daughter is born stating no f***ing camera phones, we detest the things.
Originally Posted by Newt_on_Swings
Look at the Japanese Fuji website they seem to do a lot more to promote film there, and they even have new cameras, and decent ones to, why do they not sell those in the west?