All posts tagged: film

Manufacturers of the Ilford Photo range of film purchased by Pemberstone Ventures

Harman Technology, the manufacturers of the Ilford Photo range of monochrome photographic products, has been purchased by Pemberstone Ventures Ltd for an undisclosed amount. Founded in 1879, ownership of the company has changed hands several times in the past. Mark Anslow, CEO of Pemberstone Ventures, a UK-based investment company, commented: “We are very excited by the potential of the analogue photography movement and believe that Harman is uniquely placed to drive the resurgent film market into the future”. With Agfa no longer in the black and white photographic market, and Kodak pulling out of manufacturing black and white papers, Ilford is the the leading choice for black-and-white photographers. The news marks a positive recognition of a renewed curiosity in film. While digital has long surpassed film in ubiquity, price and ease of use, as the technical gains begin to level out, younger photographers are beginning to discover the unique qualities of film.  Peter Elton, Managing Director of Harman concurs. “Film has become an interesting medium for young photographers to work with again.  We are seeing this very clearly. …

2015-09-21T17:51:20+00:00

Alessandro Bavari – in the belly of the beast

There are many disparate moments in Alessandro Bavari’s childhood that inform the artist he is today – watching tadpoles hatch, the first time he walked into a Gothic church in Burgundy, losing grip of a balloon and seeing it bob away, meeting its fate against a rose bush. He says these impressions are so profound – a sensation, a feeling of wonder, a sound – they occasionally crop up in his work. Bavari uses mixed-media techniques to create a unique body of work that incorporates both photography and film. He often draws on literary influences, offering his own interpretation using model sets, organic objects, photography and digital manipulation. The results are often macabre, and sometimes irreverent. His ongoing series, Sodom and Gomorrah, is one such unique fusion of media. “Sodom and Gomorrah was first conceived 15 years ago. I was inspired by Invisible Cities, a novel by Italo Calvino, written and published in the 1970s, but which he cultivated over many years through travel notes and reflections, and organised by themes – the five senses, …

2015-08-11T14:29:17+00:00

Found in a Beijing recycling plant: “A weird and slightly fucked up tradition.”

“It was very unusual. I’ve been to a few Chinese weddings, but I had never seen this before — neither had most of my Chinese friends.” As a collector and editor for the UK-based Archive of Modern Conflict, Thomas Sauvin’s pursuit of intriguing images often takes him to odd places, but when he discovered a trove of forgotten images depicting a bygone wedding ritual, even he was surprised. “I thought negatives might be an interesting trail because it’s something people tend to neglect. I got in touch with a seller specialising in recycling trash that contained silver nitrate. I bought 35mm negatives by the kilo, without knowing what I would do with them.” Confronted with this vast stack of images, Sauvin started to look for unifying qualities within the images. He found a picture of Chinese newlyweds smoking a handmade wedding bong, a gesture – apparently – of good luck for newlyweds. Struck by the incongruity, he revisited his growing cache of negatives. “I thought it was interesting because it’s related to more youthful practice in Europe. …

2015-07-28T19:29:16+00:00

Channel 4 airs Zed Nelson immigration film

Zed Nelson has never shied away from covering difficult topics, and in his new documentary film, which premieres tonight on Channel 4, he stays true to form. The 30-minute film, Europe’s Immigration Disaster, tells the story of the Lampedusa migrant boat tragedy, which took place on 03 October last year; 360 of the estimated 500 people on board a boat headed for Europe drowned off the coast of the Mediterranean island after the vessel capsized. The migrants had been making their way from North Africa to seek asylum in Northern Europe. Nelson’s film tells their story through testimonies from the survivors. The Institute photographer was commissioned to make the film by Channel 4 for its investigative current affairs programme, Dispatches. The commission came shortly after the disaster and following a three month-long residency that Nelson had been doing with arts organisation Photoworks in Rome. During the residency, Nelson had started to develop a photography and film project about migration in the Mediterranean. [bjp_ad_slot] “Channel 4 liked what I’d done and wanted me to leave the next day …

2014-06-30T10:44:16+00:00

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