Friday, March 29, 2013
The Decline Of Analog Photography, In Pictures
Prepare yourself for a bit of photographic depression, or a least for a seriously wistful moment remembering a recently bygone era. It's the long lost era of film photography, which vanished right before our eyes in a matter of just a few years. The last few, in fact, which saw everything from Polaroid's shuttering to the bankruptcy and reorganization of Kodak into a company that no longer manufactures much in the way of the traditional photographic supplies that made it a corporate superpower for most of the 20th century. It's baffling to me, and I'm not some old timer who doesn't know his way around a computer. I am, however, old enough to remember learning photography in a darkened room. So it is likely that I am the ideal target market for photographer Robert Burley's new book, "The Disappearance of Darkness: Photography at the end of the analog era." It's a beautiful book filled with painful photographs of soon-to-be obsolete photo studios, labs and darkrooms. It's a must see for any "old school" photographer, or for any young bucks who might have an interest in what making pictures used to look like.