Film Photography in the Digital Age

Mike Raso's Fridge of Film

Film photography might seem like an anachronism these days.

It would seem like most fans of traditional analogue photography would have given up after Kodachrome, a legendary film that has been around since 1936, was canceled.  Kodachrome was one of the most significant mass market color films that recorded some of the last century’s most famous images, inspired a song, and even a state park.  The last roll of Kodachrome will be developed later this month.  Another blow came from Polaroid when the company stopped making their signature product.

However, there seems to be a small but significant trend of photographers young and old coming back, or holding on to film.  The photo sharing site Flickr has lots of very active groups devoted to keeping film alive. Other groups such as the Lomography are manufacturing lo-fi toy cameras such as the Holga and Diana, that have caught on with artists as well as photojournalists.

For this audio slide show, you will hear from Dave Bias, formerly of Save Polaroid, and the serving vice president of the American wing of the Impossible Project, a company that is continuing to make instant film for Polaroid cameras after Polaroid stopped making it.  The Impossible Project’s gallery/store is located in SoHo, NYC.   Also, you will hear from Miles Rosen, a first year student at the School of Visual Arts on what it was like for him to go from a life of digital photography to film.  Last will be the Film Photography Project founder, Michael Raso.  Raso is a filmmaker by trade, and also produces a regular podcast on film photography.

This slideshow was also featured on the Impossible Project’s Blog.

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