Film

Content having to do with good old-fashioned analog film.

Making Platinum Prints

PHIX brings us this fascinating video on making platinum prints or platinotypes. Essentially a monochrome (B&W) printing process that provides the greatest (and most delicate) tonal range, surface quality and permanence of any printing method using chemical development. Unlike the silver print process, platinum lies on the paper surface, while silver lies in a gelatin or albumen emulsion that coats the paper. As a result, since no gelatin emulsion is used, the final platinum print is absolutely matte with a deposit of platinum and can last thousands of years - it also doesn't curl! The downside is the DMax (in this context, the blackest black) is lighter than that of silver prints.


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Long Live Film!

Congratulations, new adopters of film photography — you’re now officially a subculture! The defining point, of course, is having an independent documentary film about your movement, and that’s just what mail-order processor Indie Film Lab is doing with “Long Live Film.”

Teaming up with Kodak (however that might work now), folks from the Alabama-based company hit the road early this year, asking photographers across the United States why they still go to the considerable trouble of capturing their vision on emulsion rather than pixels. Indie Lab hopes to have the feature finished in a few months. For now, enjoy the promising trailer, which elegantly makes the case for film as an artistic choice rather than a Luddite response to the modern world. “I like how it makes me shoot and why it makes me shoot as much as I like the look,” responds one photographer.


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The Last Roll of Kodachrome

You may recall back in 2009, Kodak announced that production of Kodachrome would be ending. Photographer Steve McCurry asked if they would give him the last roll, and not surprisingly - Kodak said yes. A crew from National Geographic decided to follow him and document the last 36 frames that would ever be shot on Kodachrome - and here is the result. Read more below for an update.


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Fujifilm to Kill Off Movie Film?

From the what-the-hell-is-going-on-this-week department comes the latest bad news for film. Seems Fujifilm might stop manufacturing movie film. Now granted, Fuji film is used for about 20% of studio business with Kodak the other 80% - it's still another shocking round of bad news in recent weeks. Read more below for the details.

Lucky Film's Luck - Has Run Out

China Lucky Film Corp said on Tuesday that it will stop production of color film products due to a sharp decrease in demand in recent years. The company said it will authorize its general manager to clear assets related with color film products. The Baoding-based company, a fully owned subsidiary of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp, had revenues of 827 million yuan ($130 million) in 2011, up 13 percent year on year. The company's net loss was 55.9 million yuan. The annual report showed that the profit rate for color film products was only 6.66 percent.

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Fotokemika Ceases Production, Affects Efke/ADOX

Fotokemika in Croatia has effectively ceased production of films and papers, affecting Efke and ADOX products. Efke films and papers are completely shut down, but there's some hope for ADOX films. Read more below for further information:

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