Film Photography: How any could masrer film and darkroom work?

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bford
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Re: I think you had to be 13
In reply to MatsP, 3 months ago

MatsP wrote:

bford wrote:

MatsP wrote:

I have no statistics but my impression from travelling in the US, Canada and lots of European countries before the digital era is that Polaroid caneras were much more common among Americans than others. In my own country they were not very popular. People here used Instamatic or film compacts.

You traveled to America and Canada, but you didn't travel to every European country. You spoke of Europe as if it was somehow a country. Did you also travel to those countries in Europe with the purpose of gauging Polaroid use? As far as I know Polaroid was popular around the world. It filled a photographic niche that is not defined by borders, immediacy of results. That appealed to anyone. Even serious and professional photographers liked fooling around with Polaroids.

Regarding making enlarged prints: It's not very difficult make one technically. But I know of many talented and renown photographers who didn't trust their own skills but gladly handed over the print making to specialists to get the best out of their photos. One example is Christer Strömholm.

sure. Just saying darkroom printing is not difficult. It's just time consuming. It requires a lot of patience and discipline, something most younger people of today do not have.

Poiaroid wasn't equally popular everywhere.

Never said it was. On the contrary I'm saying otherwise in regards to countries in Europe.

The company was concerned by bad sales in Europe and was aware that Polaroid cameras was regarded "unhip" in most European country, in opposite to the US where Polaroid was often the best selling cameras of all. They started a campaign which was not very successful except for in Russia in the 1990's, where instant photography was a total novelty.

again, you can't say Europe since Europe is not a country. Popularity I'm sure varied from country to country.

Regarding younger persons willingness to spend endless nights in darkroooms, there is at least in my country among younger photographers a trend to go back to film and traditional darkroom work and there are several highly regarded photo schools and colleges who teach it.

trends last a short period. Sounds like hipster culture.

It's an interesting development I think. My own son who works as a photographer and writer goes half-way, he likes film photographing, has plenty of film cameras both 24x36 and 6x6, develops the films himself (which indeed is very easy) and is experimenting with different developers, temperature and time to get the grain and grey-scale he wants. But then he scans the negatives. And when he he has a job to make photos for someone he mostly uses his 5Dll or SD2. So the film part is mistly for fun, not for work.

A shame he doesn't take it all the way.  The best part is the darkroom printing. Very satisfying.

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