Film Photography Is a Form of Creative Rebellion and I Love It

Film photography probably doesn’t mean much to most people, but to some it’s an exciting and much-needed creative rebellion from the digital grind. 

When I first joined film photography communities some 10 years ago, I honestly did not expect that it would grow very much. Most of the world seemed to have moved on from film stocks, and the cameras were no more than vintage keepsakes of photography history. I would get strange looks whenever people figured out I was shooting with a film camera. We were seen as a bunch of misfits, or hipsters, as the wretched label came to be. But, the deeper I got into it, I more clearly saw what shooting film meant for those who did: it’s a form of creative rebellion in a world that puts a premium on perfection.

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“Half-Light” Photo Book Chronicles the Life of a Photographer Battling With Cancer

Half-Light, a limited edition photo book, gives us a peek at the life of Shahrzad Darafsheh, a photographer and artist currently battling cancer in Tehran.

Those who are into collecting photobooks and publications that are deeply personal in their message and nature might want to check out a complex book to be independently published by Gnomic Book. Half-Light chronicles the life and experiences of Iranian photographer and artist Shahrzad Darafsheh, who has been battling cancer for some time now. The project has already been fully funded on Kickstarter, but there’s still time to grab a copy and show your support.

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Kuo-Chiao Lin: Moving from Street Photography into Portraiture

All images and text by Kuo-Chiao Lin. Used with Permission.

I’m Kuo-Chiao Lin, a Taipei native, a New Yorker at heart, and a vagabond wandering back and forth over New York City, Tokyo, Montreal, and Taipei. I’m an official Fujifilm X-Photographer who, to all genres of photography and visual stories, applies street photography as a method, a way to accept randomness/chaos and react to what’s happening around. I shoot exclusively with the Fujifilm X Series for it strikes a balance between functionality, image quality, and ergonomic simplicity. I believe in minimal equipment (X-Pro2 paired with the ultimate F2 compact WR lens: XF23/35mm) and lighting setup (natural light or Nissin i60A only).

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Something Personal: Richard Avedon’s Intimate Biography is Now Out

Richard Avedon’s new biography is now on Amazon

Thirteen years after his passing, we know little about the personal life of Richard Avedon. Yet, he remains the legendary portrait and fashion photographer behind some of America’s enduring images of fashion, beauty, and culture. Finally, we can now have an intimate look into his life and work through Avedon: Something Personal, a biography initiated by his longtime business and closest confidante, Norma Stevens.

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Andrew Kurcan on Capturing the Quiet, Unspoken Moments of Grief

All images and text by Andrew Kurcan. Used with permission.

For me, photography is not only a profession, but a way to cope, interact and understand the world around me. Earlier this year my brother-in-law died unexpectedly. Weeks later my mother passed away — equally unexpectedly. 2017 has been defined by grief — the loss, the anger, the confusion, the isolation — often a full gamut of emotions. Over the past few months, I have been shooting a photo essay titled On Grief as an attempt to capture those quiet moments when one is left with nothing but their own thoughts. Being a visual creative, I find that I cope and express best with imagery.

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Street Photography Should Be Like This!? (Follow Your Own Road)

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This is a syndicated blog post from Nils Kuelper. It and the images here are being used with permission.

We are constantly trying to improve our skills and we fear the harsh critique of our greatest competitor: ourself!

Yes. I am that type of guy who sometime looks at his photos and think: they are crap, you should be more like John Doe or Max Mustermann. Blah blah blah. This feeling of insecurity is good and bad at the same time. Bad if you are to shy to get over this feeling drowning in a sea of shame. Good if you can get over this feeling and create something new out of this. Because there is nothing wrong with it.

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The Importance of Weakness in Photography

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It was at a talk with Anders Petersen that my understanding of photography changed. Petersen is a Swedish photographer known for his intimate black-and-white photographs, and his landmark book Cafe Lehmitz is a must for anyone serious about photography. He was at FotoIstanbul, a month-long photography festival in Istanbul, to talk about some of his work from different cities where he spent time, met people and photographed them at home or elsewhere. The work, at times abstract and concrete, sexual and not so, was affecting in its rawness and its honesty. Petersen has no compunction about asking to photograph someone in intimate settings, and occasionally people ask him to do so. To hear him talk is to listen to a man deeply moved by the people he photographs, and at one point in the session, he said, “We always talk about strong photographers, but we don’t talk about being weak… weak enough to feel the secrets and the magic in life.”

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Mika Suutari’s Insomnia Series Demonstrates Lonliness

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All images by Mika Suutari. Used with permission.

Insomnia is a problem that plagues lots of people; but some photographers tend to use it to their creative advantage. In Mika Suutari’s case though, she doesn’t suffer from Insomnia–but her dark photo series is simply called just that because it made the most sense both in terms of looks and specific subject matter. Mika hails from Finland and tells us that she’s a self-taught photographer who learned by picking up a DSLR. Her love of nature photography eventually gave way to using the world as her canvas of self-expression.

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