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It isn’t often that you hear about a new photography magazine starting up. It’s much rarer than that to hear about a new photography magazine dedicated solely to film photography, but that is the case with Honest. Born of a shared passion between three friends, Honest. is a quarterly magazine dedicated to all things film. It’s another sign that the medium isn’t dead, and it had a successful launch earlier this year. Here, we talk with the three folks behind the magazine: Kaveh Tabatabaie, Luca-Mercedes Stemer and Stefanie Neunteufl.

For more about Honest., you can check out the website, and you can order the inaugural issue here. They had their launch on January 22 in Gowanus, and will start an Indiegogo campaign soon. Their Vienna launch will be at Heurer/Kunsthallencafe on June 17.

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If you ask most photographers in Istanbul about where you can find a good darkroom, they’ll tell you to talk to Taylan Bağcı. He’s got a darkroom on the second floor of a nondescript building on a side street in the Tophane (Tohp-ha-neh) neighborhood. It takes a bit of navigational know-how and perhaps a Turkish friend or two to help you find it, but once you do, you’ll find yourself in a space dedicated to film photography.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer LCDVF Fader ND Mamiya (7 of 11)

With our focus being heavily on analog this month, we thought that we’d round up a collection of stories in order to educate those looking ot know more about the format and for those that are already smitten with it. 35mm, medium format, large format, pinhole, instant film: it’s all covered here. But beyond this, we’ve also got a couple of fun projects and inspiration for the photographer looking to simply try something new.

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Every photographer should attempt to try to shoot film at least once in their life. But when we say attempt, we mean give it a really big effort. For one, they learn to actually interact with a scene more and not necessarily become attached to the pixels that they see on an LCD screen, and further it teaches them more about how exposures work and how to get better pictures faster.

Want to get started in Film Photography? Here’s how.

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Felix Lajos Esser The Phoblographer Films and Film Cameras

Don’t know how and what film to choose for your first analog camera? Photographer Stefan Litster has an excellent video showing off the various film types and formats. Stefan starts the video off by highlighting the size difference between 35mm, 120mm, and 4 x 5 films. Sure there are many more film formats in the world, but these are the three major sizes most people will be shooting today.

The video then moves along and to a light table to compare the various types of film including black and white and color negatives. Stefan also pulls out a loop (essentially a magnifying glass inside a shot glass) to put slide film positives and medium format negatives under the microscope.

There plenty of more information to mine from the video as Stefan goes over the specifics of different films in collection. The quick introduction is a little bit on the long side with a 20 minute run time, but it informative piece for film photography novices. Be sure to check it out after the break and also take a peek at our introductory guide on shooting film

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Film

Film dying away does not just mark the end of an era or a natural progression into the digital world. More importantly it affects people from their livelihoods to their relationships. Hero Av has shot a new short documentary that captures the emotional impact behind the closure of one Orms’ E6 process unit, one of the most well-known and last bastions for slide film development.

Located in Cape Town, it was a processing plant that many South African photographers visited to develop their film. Shooting slide film itself is a difficult challenge and so its closure earlier was heartbreaking for photographers whose entire livelihood revolves around shooting on the analog format.

“It was really like getting cold water over myself, because this was actually my last place to process,” landscape photographer Koos Van Der Lende said. “I really have to just sit down and really rethink my life as a photographer on film.”

Andre Eksteen, an Orms technician at the E6 processing unit also added, “There was a lot of trust that had to be put between the lab and the photographer, as such, and that is a moment that we are saying goodbye to. Nevermind just the process itself.”

The short six-minute documentary is a tiny glimpse at the human story behind the end of slide film processing. It’s a story that will pull at your heartstrings, so be sure to check it out after the jump.

Via Picture Correct

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