Return of the Darkroom
When Kodak filed for Chapter 11 last week, it appeared that digital photography had put the lens cap on old-school film for good. Maybe not. Consider Polaroid: after ceasing production of its iconic Instamatic film in 2009, a group of devoted shutterbugs launched the impossible project. They took control of the company’s manufacturing equipment, and in March of 2010 began selling film. The mass market for film has dwindled in the digital age, but renewed interest in the tangible, nostalgic qualities of old formats may keep shutterbugs snapping film for years to come. Jake Bouchard is among the swelling community of film devotees. He’s a photographer and developer at Photosmith Imaging in Dover, which also runs online services at 120processing.com, and oldschoolphotolab.com.
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