Montreal-based photographer Michel Campeau is known as an analogue romanticist. His series "Icons of Obsolescence" show the remaining darkrooms found across the world, from Northern America, Asia, to Africa. He also likes to photograph the mediums themselves such as old cameras and photographic paraphernalia —it's no wonder he's also a collector of discarded photographs.
Found photography is becoming a huge hobby among photo-enthusiasts. If an an image, photograph, negative or slide has been “found” in a vintage shop, a garage sale, in the garbage, or an antique store, it’s deemed to be ‘‘found’’. Collectors attempt to decipher their found treasures and trace it back to its original origins.
For Campeau, his collection of photographs created by anonymous and amateur photographers from the 1950's serve as a reminder to him of the good old analogue days when photographs didn’t get produced unless developed and printed.
Campeau’s fascination with vernacular photos ultimately paved the way for his career as he continued to tear away from the conventions of documentary photography, instead focussing on the multidimensional, socio-biographical work on images. Visit the on-going display Michel Campeau: Life Before Digital at the McCord Museum in Quebec for his retrospective.
American photographer Ansel Adams remains one of the most renowned photographers today, and his photographs of American landscape and wilderness are iconic.. But there is more to Adams as a photographer. Turning away from mountain ranges, he also documented the WWII Manzanar relocation.
The American pioneer of surrealist and dadaist photography was once treated as an offender to the scientific-and-documentary approach of photography. It just so happens that Man Ray liberated the camera to be more than just a medium of representation.
International photographer Nelwin Uy may be based in the Philippines but his work makes him travel all over the world. He occasionally takes out his film camera instead of his digital gear, showcasing that talent will always trump the medium.
Known as one of the most important contemporary artists and photographers today, Wolfgang Tillmans is known for his exploration of the photographic medium's foundations through a diverse body of work and observation.
Film is alive and kicking as passionate lovers of film photography continue to support a medium that was once accused of being dead. Japanese photographer Mii Yatogi lives on the analogue grind, capturing her daily life and whatever else that inspires her in 35mm.
It's becoming a trend among serious analogue photographers to make their own gear from scratch -- be it from the compact 35mm, to medium 120, to large format for silver gelatin processes. Photographer Dieter Schneider is one of those photographers.
Howard Parker is a film camera specialist who runs a shop dedicated to analogue photography in the UK. He discusses his views on the revitalisation of the medium from his perspective as a businessman dependent on the industry's survival.
In this series, photographer and analogue enthusiast Simeon Smith talks about the use of minimalism in photography and how he applied this method to his own work. In this final article Simeon reflects on the past year and talks about his final photography challenge.
Chinese photographer, sculptor, and performer Liu Bolin is nicknamed as "the invisible man" through his stunning reaches of contemporary Chinese photography by making a chameleon out of himself. Digital falsification, unallowed.
For the beginner, encountering film photography can be intimidating, as it often requires much thought than in digital photography. But when you do get to learn the ropes, it becomes part of the habit, and there's definitely a payoff in shooting analogue.