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Black and White Film Photography
With the success of digital photography in the early 2000s, analogue photography has become progressively obsolete. Many of the big names in analogue photography had to scale back significantly and some went out of business altogether. However, twenty years on, many photographic artists are turning back to analogue photography techniques. Digital photography definitely has its place but it is almost too perfect, too good. There is little artistic latitude and the enjoyment of making photographs has been lost. Unfortunately, turning back time, comes with a few challenges.
Black and white analogue film and processing is now considered an alternative process. Along with the other alternative processes, finding the equipment and chemicals to carry out this process is not easy. Finding an analogue camera is relatively easy. A Google search will be rewarded with many second hand options on eBay. However, other supplies which include film, chemicals and darkroom equipment are less easy to source. Therein lies the challenge.
Most practitioners of black and white analogue photography are sole operators, working from make-shift darkroom spaces and all sourcing their supplies from the same handful of supplies in their respective countries.
Hopefully as more artists become involved in alternative processes, a wider range of providers will become available to them. In the meantime, if you are wanting advice on local darkroom hire in Brisbane and/or supplies in Australia, please feel free to contact Yvonne.