(Re) Discover Black & White Film: 9 am - 1 pm Saturdays, May 5, 12, 19 & 26

Why is film photography, particularly black and white film photography, undergoing a resurgence? The reasons are many and you may want to enroll in (Re) Discover Black and White Film for any of them.

Wet-process methods were the only photographic method for most of history. Learning wet-chemistry photograpic methods helps understand the challenges and choices photographers made prior to the digital era, just as a lab class helps  understand science or a studio class helps understand other art mediums.

Film offers several hybrid digital-analog workflows. A film negative can be scanned, digitally processed, and printed. Conversely, a digital image can be make an inkjet negative for prints using light-sensitive photographic paper, a photopolymer plate, or a photo emulsion silkscreen.

Film photography gives you the foundation to explore other alternative processes such as cyanotypes (a relatively easy process) to more challenging wet-plate processes.

Photographers today continue to work in film and related wet-processes. PhotoMidwest's (Re) Discover Black and White Film class will start you on your journey and give you the training to use one of the few wet darkrooms in Madison.

For more about the resurgence of film photography see:

  1. The Great Film Renaissance Of 2017 on B&H's website.
  2. This Is Why Film Photography Is Making a Comeback on Time magazine's website.
  3. The increasing popularity of film classes in high schools, High School Darkrooms, Shedding Light on a Vintage Craft.