For the month of July we're bringing the pinhole into focus at Analog Forever. For these long, hazy summer days we'll be looking at some long, hazy exposures made on what are, conceptually, the most basic of cameras. In advance of our next online exhibition of pinhole imagery curated by Nils Carlson, we're checking in with James Guerin, manufacturer of Reality So Subtle pinhole cameras, and the generous sponsor of the exhibition. One lucky photographer included in the “Camera Obscura” group exhibition will be awarded a Reality So Subtle 6x6F medium format pinhole camera.Read More
Estonian artist and photographer Heikki Leis has managed to argue the philosophy of time without actually speaking via his surreal series Chronovores. The scenes captured throughout his series embody the eternal argument that time itself has been created by man, and by association, man has imprisoned itself into a world ruled by hours and minutes. Heikki’s series contains both wild landscapes that have been around for a millennia and concrete man-made structures they have only been recently been built; however, both environments suffer from the same fate as we attempt to categorize their existence into the past, present or future.Read More
Analog Forever Magazine is happy to share this book review for Pascal Greco’s “Hong Kong - Perspectives, Prospectives, and Typologies” by our Editor in Chief, Michael Kirchoff. An investigation of the mega housing complexes of Hong Kong, photographed entirely on Polaroid pack film, this title is one that our readers should pay particular attention to for its analog roots. Check out the review and then do some investigating of your own!Read More
Originally founded by three partners as a one-hour photo lab business in 1987, PhotoWorks SF is now one of the West Coast’s premier film processing and printing labs that also offers a fully interactive digital imaging facility.
Over the last 32 years the store has evolved and morphed into a place where analog photographers from all over the world call home. Though Dave Handler and staff have built a reputation for producing some of the best analog work in the world, it has taken years of evolving and changing with the industry to stay in business.
To say they are a small business survival story would be limiting, as they have put their blood, sweat, and tears into holding onto their legacy while still keeping their doors open to professionals and enthusiasts alike. We had the pleasure of sitting down with Dave to talk about the last three decades of Photoworks SF, how they have survived, and his thoughts on the resurgence of analog and film photography as we approach the second decade of the 21st century.
French photographer Louis Dazy’s otherworldly double exposures transport us back to the adventure filled nights of our youth. Packed with nostalgia, viewing his photographs invoke a deep hypnotizing fascination with reliving the simple and enchanting pleasures we cherished in our adolescence. His work reinforces our memories made up of endless nights driving in no particular direction in our beat up cars, music blaring, searching for perfect photographic opportunities with our best friends in tow. The atmosphere of the scenes he captures elegantly display our lust for a cinematic lifestyle outside of societies nine-to-five where we subdue our creative passions for the sake of staying alive, instead of for living.Read More
Marco Spaggiari’s series "Moment of Knowability" highlights the ambiguity of the world around us by capturing dark and disorienting scenes. His instant film collages captivate viewers by triggering a search for answers in the world around us by allowing us to dive deep into the scenes he recreates from reality. The scenes he creates is his personal research that searches for a way to wake up new senses humanity has long since forgotten.Read More
Polaroid Week is a bi-annual celebration of instant film that is held on Flickr that allows lovers of the medium to get together and share their newly created instant works. This year’s Spring Polaroid Week started on Sunday March 21st and lasted until Friday March 26th and had 222 members submit a total of 1,200+ photographs! We watched the action unfold and have chosen 20 of our absolute favorites!Read More
Read our latest interview with British photographer Nicholas J R White! His series "Black Dots" is a magical exploration of primitive unmanned shelters, known as bothies, that are scattered across the isolated and wild countryside of the United Kingdom. His work captures both the archaic beauty of these small structures living in the shadows of snow-capped peaks and the travelers that occupy their often bleak interiors, with nothing but fire and camaraderie to keep them warm.
Read the interview now at www.analogforvermagazine.com!Read More
Analog Forever Magazine is pleased to inform you all that we’ll be having another call for our next online exhibition in a couple of days. In anticipation for what we expect to be a wonderful exhibition, Editor in Chief, Michael Kirchoff has conducted an interview with our upcoming juror, Russell Joslin. Take a moment to get to know Russell as photographer, former Editor at Shots, and now Founder of Skeleton Key Press. Many thanks to Russell for his words, his photographs, and his tremendous efforts as publisher of this latest venture!
Read our latest feature on genre-transcending photographer Michael Crouser! Michael has a talent for telling intimate and captivating photographic stories of topics ranging from Madrid’s bullfighting culture to the life of the last "real" cowboys. His latest book, Mountain Ranch, covers just that: it is a powerful photo essay that records the last vestiges of a tradition that exerts a universal fascination and mystique—cowboying in the American West. Read about his process and history as a photographer now!Read More
Last weekend, over 150 analog camera and film lovers converged in San Clemente, California for the second annual Film Photography Paideia hosted by The Darkroom. Taking place over two days, this ambitious event (that sold out in just under three days) provided a venue for passionate film photographers from all walks of life to meet and exchange ideas and share their passion for our craft with one another. In true paideia fashion, the event itself wasn’t just a social gathering, it provided an educational and learning experience that gave every photographer there a piece of inspiration to bring home with them. Over the course of the weekend guests had the opportunity to hear from 14 speakers including Phil Steblay, co-owner of The Darkroom Lab, Matt Day, Mike Padia of Shoot Film Co., Michael Raso and Mat Marrash of the Film Photography Project, and Illford’s own Mike Bain who all guided us through their film photography lives and how they arrived to be such important icons of our community. I am pleased share with you my favorite parts of this event and offer a recap to those who didn’t have a chance to make it!Read More
Analog Forever Magazine is pleased to present our latest feature, interview, and studio visit with photographic artist, Paula Riff. Editor in Chief, Michael Kirchoff, takes some time to get to know Paula and her gorgeous cameraless photograms, and find out the efforts of what it takes to produce her abstract works of art. Peek into her process and mindset behind her stunning creations made without the use of cameras or film. Like Paula, her world is vibrant, engaging, and full of life.Read More
German photographer Bastian Kalous has a habit transporting us to enchanting larger than life locations that we could only dream of visiting, that happens to be just outside his doorstep. The scenes he captures are a distinctive hybrid between breathtaking landscapes and intimate self-portraits that creates an instantaneous portal from his world to ours. This connection has allowed us to explore and experience stunning mountain peaks, enchanting vistas, and cold frozen forests that seem more like our own memories than photographs due to his innate ability to work with long expired Polaroid film stocks. Bastian has been able to master and tame the unpredictable nature of these long expired films and harness their magical colorful properties to bring the transformative properties of nature right to our doorstep.Read More
The Film Photo Award is a brand new semi-annual award program offering three distinct grants of Kodak Professional Film to film photographers who demonstrate a serious commitment to the field of analog photography and are motivated to continue the development of still, film-based photography in the 21st century. We had the opportunity to talk to the founder of the Film Photo Award, Eliot Dudik, and the first juror, Aline Smithson, to ask them about how this program came to be and about their expectations for the Spring 2019 cycle of grants.Read More
If you are a photographer with the slightest interest in alternative processes, you have probably come across the name of Christina Z. Anderson. A veritable expert on many alternative and historic photographic techniques, she has instructional articles across the internet and is the author of six books. Her latest book Cyanotype: The Blue Print in Contemporary Practice is a deep dive into that historic process, covering everything from the basic techniques to contemporary artists from around the world who utilize the cyanotype in their work.Read More
Penny Felts is the founding member of the 12:12 Project. A project composed of 12 high-caliber Polaroid artists from around the globe that challenge one another with monthly themes to push the limits of their own photography. Though this project started with 12 women, they have since added 12 men to accompany them with the 12:12 Men’s Project. We asked Penny to give us an introduction to how this project got started, how it evolved, who this year’s members are to give us a glimpse into their Polaroid obsessed world!Read More
French documentary photographer Elliott Verdier, at the age of 25, has already dedicated his life to photojournalism and documentary photography. It seems fitting that his 2016 series, A Shaded Path, would be received with critical acclaim from the likes of The British Journal of Photography, Lensculture, and Format considering he has always known exactly what direction he wanted his life to take. He distinctly remembers his childhood afternoons spent with his Godfather, combing through his photographic and documentary print collection of far off lands, peoples, and cultures. He loved the idea of these photographers traveling to distant places and living exciting lives as a cultural jet setter with nowhere else to travel to but forward onto their next adventure. These feelings of invigorating wanderlust would propel him to pursue a career as a photojournalist.Read More
Read our Interview with Thomas Alleman. During a fifteen-year newspaper career, Alleman was a frequent winner of distinctions from the National Press Photographer's Association, as well as being named California Newspaper Photographer of the Year in 1995 and Los Angeles Newspaper Photographer of the Year in 1996.
As a magazine freelancer, Tom's pictures have been published regularly in Time, People, Business Week, Barron's, Smithsonian and National Geographic Traveler, and have also appeared in US News & World Report, Brandweek, Sunset, Harper's and Travel Holiday. Tom has shot covers for Chief Executive, People, Priority, Acoustic Guitar, Private Clubs,Time for Kids, Diverse and Library Journal.Read More
An interview with fine art photographer Patricia Bender. Bender creates cameraless photograms that explore lines and shapes using Euclidean systems of geometry. Her work speaks to our primordial consciences that have developed over thousands of years that allows us to grasp the esoteric shapes that rule our world.