Interview: Nicholas J R White's Series "Black Dots"

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!

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Interview: Russell Joslin of Skeleton Key Press


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!

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Featured Photographer: Michael Crouser – Storytelling and the Art of “Done”

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!

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Event Coverage: Film Photography Paideia 2019

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!

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Featured Photographer: In the Studio with Paula Riff

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.

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Featured Photographer: Bastian Kalous’s Expired Polaroids of an Eternal Land

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.

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Interview: 2019 Film Photo Award with Eliot Dudik and Aline Smithson

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.

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Book Review: Cyanotype - The Blue Print in Contemporary Practice by Christina Z. Anderson

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.

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Community Spotlight: 12:12 Project - A Society of Instant Film Lovers

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!

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Featured Photographer: Elliott Verdier's A Shaded Path

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.

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Interview: Thomas Alleman - A Dreamier View

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.

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Interview: Patricia Bender's Photograms - Euclidean Pursuits

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.


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Featured Photographer: Julia Beyer - Our World In Flames

Julia Beyer’s world is on fire. She recently returned from a trip to Iceland where she used Expired Polaroid Time- Zero film to create scenes that transformed the wilderness around her into psychedelic fantasies. Beyer has managed to capture one of the most beautiful locations on earth and turn it into a flaming dreamscape suitable only for an adventure from reality.

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Polaroid Week Fall 2018: Our Top 20 Favorites!

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 Fall Polaroid Week started on Sunday October 21st and lasted until Friday October 26th and had 424 members submit a total of 3,100 photographs (year to date). We watched the action unfold and have chosen 20 of our absolute favorites! 

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Featured Photographer: J. Grant Brittain - A Legacy of Influence

J Grant Brittain, a native Californian, found his love of photography and skateboarding in the late 1970’s while working at the Del Mar Skate Ranch. As an art major at Palomar College Grant says, “I went to a 2-year college for 10 years”. In 1979 he met Sonny Miller, a skater, surfer and photographer. Sonny took him into the Palomar College darkroom in 1981 and from there he was hooked. Grant went on to found Transworld Skateboaring Magazine!

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Exhibition: The Silicon Valley Plastic Camera Show - 10 Years of Low-Fi Photography Brilliance

The Silicon Valley Plastic Camera Show is a brand new iteration of a decade long tradition. After the announced closing of Rayko Photo Center in San Francisco, the photo community near and far went into a period of loud mourning. More than just a darkroom and gallery space, it was a meeting place, a home for anyone interested in the magic of photography, regardless of style, method, or experience.

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Film Review: Garry Winogrand - All Things are Photographable

The documentary, “Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable” opens at the Film Forum in New York on September 19. It is a warm, extremely personal look at a photographer who was able to absorb and reflect the energy and the pathos of first New York City, and later Los Angeles and Texas. Combining images, archival news footage, snippets of talks, TV interviews, his friends, curators, one of his three ex-wives and audio interviews, the film shows the obsessive photographer who wanted “to see how things would look in a photograph.”

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Featured Photographer: Monica Denevan - A Traveler's Connection

Monica Denevan is a fine-art photographer based in her native home of San Francisco, Ca. Early on in her college career, while helping a friend with a photography class assignment, she discovered a fascination for portraiture and the creative intimacy that develops between the artist and the sitter. She began to study photography, with a particular emphasis on portraiture, and the course of her creative life was set. After earning her degree in photography from San Francisco State she began to travel, and it was through travel, and experiencing life far from her hometown, that she began to develop her photographic voice.

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