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Why the Film Lab of the Future is Opensource

We are approaching the peak capacity for film photography labs. The machines are old, the parts are scarce, the demand is high. The measley Kodak Pakon Scanner, terrible it may be, fetches absurdly high prices. The two brands and workflows that need to be replicated are Fujifilm and Noritsu. A theoretical duopoly, but here lies the problem: Fuji is dead 💀 . When will Noritsu follow suit? All the remaining hardware is on life support, waiting to die. The state of the film lab is much the same as the state of premium compacts of the 90s. We need to think long...




Understanding the Appeal of Film Photography

If we look at John Sypal’s long term social media project TokyoCameraStyle’s instagram following you will see an enormous uptick in interest between the tail end of 2015 and the start of 2016. Steady growth has been sustained ever since then but this initial stage of huge growth in interest is really interesting for me particularly because this is around when I first started to gain interest in film photography. the social media performance of @tokyocamerastyle funnily is indirectly a great proxy for the health of the film photography industry What caused this spike in interest? I think we owe...