Film Photography Matters Because Black and White Still Matters

There is a whole generation of photographers who still haven’t experienced film photography

At a time where photography has evolved in leaps and bounds in digital advancements, why do some people still choose to shoot with film? Why does this obsolete technology persist? There are a hundred reasons a film photographer today will tell you, but Ian Wong of Digital Darkroom has a rather interesting view to it: film photography matters because black and white still matters.

Ian dropped this thought against the equally interesting shopping scene of Tokyo’s Ginza and Akihabara districts in the latest episode of Digital Darkroom. To document his explorations, he loaded his Contax T3 with two special rolls of black and white films: Kodak Tri-X 400 and JCH Street Pan 400. He shared many other thoughts that analog lovers can definitely relate to, so I’ll let you hear them from him straight in this video.

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Japan Camera Hunter Announces JCH Street Pan 400 Black and White Film


Considering that many films are starting to die off these days, Bellamy Hunt wanted to find a way to keep it alive; so he decided to make his own film. In a blog post today, Bellamy announced a new 400 black and white 35mm film. It’s a beautiful film that has a fair amount of contrast and in some ways looks like Kodak Tri-X and Ilford Delta. However, it has a very fine grain to it.

The film is available for pre-order right now; and that’s how he’s trying to raise funds for it vs Kickstarter.

Characteristics are listed after the jump.

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