These Are What 8×20 Kodak Portra Film Scans Looks Like

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We recently did a feature on Eliot Dudik’s 8×20 large format film project and he just let us know that he’s been able to do some preliminary scans of his images so far as he prepares for the documentary project. You may also recall that Eliot is on PDN’s “30 New & Emerging Photographers to Watch” feature for 2012 which is quite an achievement. But not too long ago, Eliot sent us an update on the project; and the images that revisit the American Civil War sites are really quite stunning.


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Prepping an 8×20 Camera for a Documentary Project

All images by Eliot Dudik. Used with permission.

Eliot Dudik is a recipient of the PDN 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch award. He received the highly coveted award for a photography project he did called, “The Road Ends in Water” that documented the lifestyle and culture of people who live by the water in the United States. But like any artist, he isn’t stopping there. Eliot is beginning a new project centered around the Civil War and how some of its influence still lingers around the south.

To accomplish the project, Eliot has been researching what to use to document his findings and eventually settled on an 8×20 camera; and he’s loading it up with two sheets of Kodak Portra 8×10 for each exposure. I recently had the chance to chat with Eliot despite his busy schedule. Here’s what he had to tell us about the camera, the project, and the documentary process.


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