We’re definitely full amerced in the digital age, but amongst all of us shooting with high powered digital cameras, there are still thousands of photographers choosing to shoot with film. They all have different reasons for doing so; be it the love for the quality that film brings, the time and care film requires, or the fact that it is the root of all photography. Whether they shoot film exclusively, or use it hand in hand with digital, here are 8 photographers who still use film to produce work:
Ellen Rogers is a British photographer based in London. An all-analogue photographer and filmmaker, Ellen has shot for designers such as Alice Temperley, Charlotte Olympia and Evans. Thanks to her use of traditional darkroom processes, Ellen’s work feels like a blend of old and new.
It’s not secret that we’re big fans of Emily Soto’s work. A fashion photographer who began photographing in digital, Emily began to pick up Instant film cameras a few years into her career. Fascinated and mesmerized by the quality she could achieve through instant film with her Polaroid Land Camera’s or SX-70 (just to name a few), Emily’s work has an extremely distinctive, ethereal look. Although Emily’s work is not only analogue, you can still see the film influences in her digital work. Emily teaches workshops all around the world. Check out her website here.
Louise and Teo make up “Taylor and Porter” a wedding photograph duo who specialise in wedding photography on film. Unlike anything you’ve ever seen before, the images they produce on their Contax 645s are stunning. Louise also travels the world producing bridal editorial work for magazines, blogs and wedding vendors. You have to agree with us that her work truly tells a story!
Ryan McGinley is an American photographer working out of New York city. By the age of 25, he was the youngest artist to ever show at the Whitney Museum of American Art, an extremely impressive feat for any creative person. His work focuses on the human body, rarely photographing his models wearing any clothes.
You may recognise Oleg Oprisco’s name and work from The Azure Issue, our latest digital issue. Creating fantasy worlds that most people who create thanks to the help of photoshop, all of Oleg’s images are shot on film. He spends months creating and sourcing props, testing images and working his hardest to make the images he has in his head a reality. Read his incredibly inspiring interview in The Azure Issue.
Mira Heo is a film photographed based in Seoul, South Korea. Stating that her main inspiration is cinematography, she pretends to be a film director whilst taking her images, creating a storyline the whole time. Most inspiring of all perhaps though, is that most of her work is self portraiture. Stating that photographing herself has proven the easiest way to convey the emotions she wants, you’ll rarely see anyone else in her 35mm film portfolio.
Do you shoot film? If so, why? We’d love to hear from you!