So in case you missed the hysteria: Kodak is no longer going to make acetate which is a base material for most roll films… HOWEVER!! this does not mean the end of film for Kodak. Kodak reportedly has several years worth of material on hand, their sheet films are on ESTAR base material- which they still produce- and they are looking for additional vendors to fill their acetate needs when their supply runs does out… again not for several years. This is really not as big a deal as some would suggest. Other sources of acetate exist- there will be a lot more news like this in the coming years from all current film makers, so we as film shooters need to take it in stride and not freak out – yet! For now just go shoot some freaking film!
Leaping Outside The Box: Reimagining Photography by Stephen Schaub
Rutland, Chaffee Art Center – 7 p.m., Chaffee Downtown, 75 Merchants Row, (802) 775-0356
Photography is dead… at least the photography that has existed since Joseph Necephore Niepce made his first exposure in 1826; the same photography that led so many into the darkroom of trays and chemistry; the same photography that our grandparents used to produce endless carousels of slide shows on Kodachrome.
So what is next? Photography has always been in the throes of change and evolution since its inception and this transformative, gut-wrenching period is no different. Photography- as our collective nostalgic memory remembers it-is dead. The future promises to expand our definition of what a photograph will be.
The Focal Encyclopedia of Photography, Fourth Edition is a must-have for every serious photographer… period. An earlier edition was a constant resource for me while at RIT and now this newer edition is my Xmas gift to myself this year… it is expensive but well worth it. It is quite thick and full of very useful content on just about every photographic topic imaginable from film to digital and beyond… and if the heat bills get too high this winter I can burn it to stay warm… or my wife could throw it at me to knock some sense into me or perhaps I could learn something about this wonderful medium we all love… either way it will be my constant companion for the dark winter months here in VT. Be sure to add this gem to your holiday wish-list today!
Click on the audio logo to listen to a brief rant on the future of film scanners… Part 2!! As mentioned in the audio, contact Kodak and let them know you want your $500 dedicated film scanner now! Also, if you went to a photographic institution- such as RIT (Rochester Institue of Technology) or SCAD (Savannah School of Art and Design)- please send this information to them as well… this directly effects the choices their students will have as working photographers.
If you can, do both!…let your voice be heard!… remember it is our medium! Please reference this article and the $500 dedicated film scanner in both your tweets and in your emails… pass this along to as many photographers as you know…if you get it as a tweet… retweet it and pass it on!
Click on the Audio Blog logo to listen to a 5 minute discussion on film production today at Kodak and how it has changed from the above video from 1958 “How Film Is Made… for your camera“. The audio references my recent trip to Eastman Kodak and a white light tour of Bldg. 38 where all films made by Kodak are produced from Ektar to TX to motion picture. The video below is of our group getting ready for the tour.