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Artists & Alchemists: A Film About the Revival of Old School Photography

Here’s an interesting trailer for Artists & Alchemists, a documentary film coming out later this year about the resurgence of 19th century chemical photography.

By following ten renowned photographers creating daguerreotypes, ferrotypes and wet plate collodion photographs, Artists & Alchemists documents the sacrifice and personal vision needed to revive these once forgotten art forms. [...] Artists & Alchemists investigates photography’s origins, technological evolution, and illustrates the profound impact in today’s world.

They’ve also uploaded short portraits of the artists featured in the film over on YouTube.

Artists & Alchemists (via Photo Rumors)


 
  • David

    While you are at it try a little technicolor and dye transfer.

  • Dave

    As different as photography is today than it was 20 years ago, there are far more similarities than differences. I once heard a fairly newbie photographer who had gone back to film claim: “It isn’t photography if it can’t be done on film.” Well, being as photography means “writing with light”, yes digital photography is still photography. And since when was film the first medium and therefore the standard? I spent 20 years in darkrooms processing my own film and printing my own images so I am not new to this. If you want to shoot film and process it, go for it. Practice it as an art form. But to diss digital photography is to miss the whole point of the craft.

  • Dave

    As different as photography is today than it was 20 years ago, there are far more similarities than differences. I once heard a fairly newbie photographer who had gone back to film claim: “It isn’t photography if it can’t be done on film.” Well, being as photography means “writing with light”, yes digital photography is still photography. And since when was film the first medium and therefore the standard? I spent 20 years in darkrooms processing my own film and printing my own images so I am not new to this. If you want to shoot film and process it, go for it. Practice it as an art form. But to diss digital photography is to miss the whole point of the craft.