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The Jacks and Jills of All Films: 120 Film

In this new series, we’ll be looking at some of the greats when it comes to our favorite film formats, starting with the 120 film. Read on to find out whose photographs we admire the most.

Medium format applies to films that measure over 24 × 36mm, but less than 4 × 5 inches. It was most commonly used from the 1890’s up to the 1950’s, and the sizes widely used were 120 and 220. Today, almost all medium format cameras that are manufactured make use of the 120 film format. Let’s pay tribute to some of our favorite film photographers who are masters of the 120 film.

Ellen Rogers is a London-based fashion photographer who utilizes film for all her projects. Her dream-like photos, full of beauty and elegance, will transport you to another world and leave you in awe. If you haven’t caught a glimpse of her work, you don’t need to look far. Check out her Sepulchural series on the Magazine!

Francesca Woodman was best known for her black and white photos that commonly featured a blurred subject, due to the movement during exposure. She was also fond of taking her own portraits. Despite having used various film formats, majority of her photos were those taken with a medium format camera.

Diane Arbus took photos of interesting subjects, like circus performers, nudists, giants, and transgenders. The black and white square format photos tell a story that otherwise wouldn’t be seen by the public.

Richard Avedon was an American photographer known for portrait and fashion photography. He mostly used a Rolleiflex TLR camera, which was a gift from his father. Avedon received many awards for his photography during the course of his career.

Stay tuned for more on The Jack and Jills of All Films.

written by jeanmendoza


  1. mattirock89


    wonderful article!
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  2. philippa


    very inspiring photographs!

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  3. panpriatel


    funny there is a large format photograph in article about 120 film...

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  4. ihave2pillows


    more! more!

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