Monday, August 27, 2007

more about film


I dropped off 45 rolls of 120 film today at the lab. The owner said it was the most film they had seen all summer. He said film will be "finished" in three years. Say it ain't so.

7 comments:

david b said...

Bullshit. Sorry but I just don't believe it. Color film my get a kick in the butt but black and white will be around for a long time.

Mr Atrocity said...

A few of my friends work at two of the pro-labs here in London and both of them have reduced their film processing labs down to a skeleton crew with very limited options. Hardly any professional photographers are using film here any more. The digital backs for Hasselblads and Mamiyas ahve done for film.

Black and white suffers too. I gave up on black and white when Agfa went bust and all the years I'd invested in getting the best results out of Rodinal (my film developer of choice) went out of the window and I couldn't face the misery of experimenting with another brand until I started to get what I liked again. Sigh.

avs said...

well as they say, I better shoot it while I got it!

Timothy Briner said...

Film will NEVER become "finished". Film labs may become "finished" but there will always be a place to get it developed and there will always be a company or private house that will make it and distribute it.

It would blow my mind to see the day that film is "finished". I only shoot film and could not begin to understand digital. There is no contest on the quality of my medium or large format camera's vs. digital. Plus, digital is soooooo time consuming and complicated! I've seen too many jobs go bad or a computer freak out and waste everyones time and stress them out...no, thank you. I'll wait the day and have confidence that I got what I needed and have better quality as well as something tangible in my hand.

Maybe I'm just "old fashioned" or maybe its just ignorance, but other then a point and shoot for research or parties, give me my film!

Social Breakfast said...

Isn't that like saying paper is over, or handwriting? I mean, it might happen.

trevor powers said...

its all so sad. and we just get to watch it and not be able to do much. i think eventually, yes, film is goin to g out the window. three years? who knows. maybe 30, maybe 2.

i say shoot it while you got it and process it while you can. nothing gold can stay, right?

Timothy said...

Vinyl? Radios? 8mm? Glass Negatives? all of which are and where staples in their day...None of which are "finished." Unless art photography and history become extinct, film will always live on. it's just not possible. I still listen to the radio, I still buy Vinyl and I still shoot 8mm.

Someone will always make film and someone will always find a way to process it. The collodion technique is still used today. Polaroid may be "finished" and the wide use of film may become nearly extinct but I just cannot see film ever totally going out the window.