Dubai’s Analog Photographers Don’t Mind Spending on Their Love for Film

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There was no dearth of film processing labs in the 80s and 90s when I grew up in Dubai. I lived in one of the older parts of town, and within a one-mile radius of my home, there were at least three labs that I can remember. With the advent of digital photography and fewer people printing, the amount of labs sharply dropped by the late 2000s to less than a handful by 2015. Film also became more expensive to source than in previous years. This lack of processing and sourcing options hasn’t deterred the extremely active film photography community from meeting often over a shared love of analog.

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This is Why Some Photographer Can’t Stop Shooting Film

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In a world dominated by digital electronics, where most photographers, professional or not, are initially measured by the power and price of their equipment, where taking a photo of anything is literally just a simple push of a button, many wonder why a considerably small number of photographers all across the world still shoot film.

While film photographers have several and varied reasons for sticking with this admittedly meticulous and slightly more expensive medium and not going digital, to them (ehem, us) it’s almost a no-brainer to shoot with film.

But to most of the world, it’s harder to understand. For this reason many photographers who love and are loyal to the medium seek out ways to not just explain but also educate the world on the benefits and joys of shooting film. Last year saw the arrival of Indie Lab and Kodak’s beautiful documentary, Long Live Film, in which the Alabama film lab travelled across the United States to talk to photographers about why they still shoot film.

This year, we have Goa-based wedding photographer and filmmaker Amrit Vatsa’s short but definitely sweet rendition of why film photographers just can’t shooting with film. This 3MS (3-Minute Stories) documentary, aptly called “Can’t Stop Shooting on Film,” follows the film shooters at Goa-CAP (Centre for Alternate Photography) in an attempt to understand why these photographers remain loyal to the art of film photography.

Comparing photography to painting, this short raises very valid and important points and offers rational insights that many of us have never thought of before. If you’re still scratching your head about why we still shoot film, this is definitely a good starter video to watch.

See it after the jump.

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The “Long Live Film” Documentary Is Out

Earlier this year, Indie Film Lab, a lab dedicated to film shooters, decided to take a road trip. It was from Montgomery, Alabama to Las Vegas, Nevada. During that time they made a documentary about it. It is called “Long Live Film” on the trip they talked about why they shoot film. They talked with other photographers about how they feel about film photography. In essence its about their love of film photography.

And if you’re an analog film lover, you might be happy with what you see after the jump.

Via SLRLounge

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Long Live Film is a New Documentary Bound To Tug at a Photographer’s Heart

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A new documentary project is coming soon and will feature the one thing that we say is still such a part of us as a photographic community: film.  It’s called, “Long Live Film,” and its a documentary by Kodak and the Indie Film Lab exploring why people still like shooting film. An intensive Google search (rather, a couple using different search terms) reels in pretty much nothing about the upcoming documentary.

Though the medium has shrunk over the past couple of years, there has been a recent resurge in it for cultural reasons due to modern trends having an affinity for all things vintage. We’re also really obsessed with film-like filters via Instagram and VSCO.

The trailer is after the jump. And we really hope that it isn’t a Kodak marketing ploy.

Via Lomography Magazine


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