Mission Statement: A Collective Journey in Film Photography
The Film Photography Project informs, engages and inspires film enthusiasts of all levels. While promoting the viability of vintage cameras and film through product reviews, frequent giveaways and exchange programs, the FPP is building a community of photographers from around the globe to share their creative output, experiences and passion for film photography. The Project includes the Film Photography Podcast, the FPP Flickr Page, FPP YouTube Channel, Facebook page, Twitter account, newsletter and the Film Photography Project Store.
Film Photography Project Philosophy
Film photography is fun: Don’t take our word for it, grab a film camera and give it a go!
Keep it simple: The Film Photography Project aims to break down the complex and make it digestible even for the film novice without dumbing down the content. Sometimes it’s fun to explore complex territory like large format or chemistry, but always remember, you can keep it simple and still get amazing results.
Super positive: The Film Photography Project and community members are all about sharing and keeping it positive. There is never a good reason to gripe or snipe—keep it positive.
Sharing: The Film Photography Project is built on sharing, from experiences in exploring film photography to knowledge, from print exchanges to giveaways. Sharing your photos, knowledge and passion for photography is part of what it takes to be a Project member.
Thrift: There are personal rewards in being thrifty. There is a lot of top-notch gear out there for a fraction of what it cost new. Not only that, sometimes a low cost camera, camera modification or expired film will give you stellar results.
What’s old is new again: There are thousands of old cameras out there. Some of them give that low-fi look for less; others are built like a tank and just need a little TLC to last another lifetime. Whatever the reason, vintage cameras have a special place in the hearts of many Project members.
Don’t be afraid to experiment: Sometimes the unexpected happens in film photography, but you won’t find out until you try. Part of the adventure in film photography is the myriad of choices and variables, all combining to give you the final image. Don’t be afraid of all that choice and all those possibilities, try them out, get out and shoot and have fun exploring.
Michael Raso is super passionate about film as a viable and exciting medium for the visual artist, even in this age of digital photography. A photographer, producer and filmmaker working professionally in the visual arts for over 20 years, Michael is also the founder of the Film Photography Project and its fortnightly internet radio show, the Film Photography Podcast. Michael's goal?...to get as many people as possible to experience the joys of shooting with traditional film!
FPP Co-Host Mat Marrash was happily studying Biology and Chemistry when the desire to document a spur-of-the-moment trip to Japan resulted in 30,000+ digital images and a life-long addiction to photography. Student photography gigs with local publications lead to professional work in weddings, studios and commercial work, leaving a passionate but overwhelmed Mat with zero hard drive space and badly in need of some ergonomic seating. Burn-out was looming when Mat stumbled across a podcast hosted by some crazy guys in New Jersey who weren’t trying to sell him anything but the joy of analog photography. Before long, Mat owned a Hasselblad 500c, was developing his work and discovered the joys of large format film photography. Now a co-host of that same podcast, Mat recently secured his first gallery exhibit “52 Project” at the Lea Gallery in Findlay, Ohio.
Little did Renaissance man and FPP co-host John Fedele know that when he met Michael Raso in a darkroom on the William Paterson University campus in the ’80s, it would lead to over 20 years of collaboration in the visual arts and a co-hosting gig on the Film Photography Podcast. When not playing in the bands The Pink Delicates or The Smoove Sailers, John operates cameras for popular programs on the Food Network, ABC-TV NY, ESPN and the Discovery Channel. Just like in the '80's, John shoots with his beloved Minolta X-700 35mm SLR camera.
Jim Austin is shooting with a Bronica SQ and a Contarex Bullseye. He leads adventure photography workshops for film and digital visionaries, has 4 eBooks available through his website, teaches photography through Flickr, and writes for Apogee Magazine, HDR One, FPP and other publications. Download his new photography book, Americans on Parade, at jimages.com.
FPP regular Guest Mark Dalzell is affectionately referred to Professor Mark due to consistent assembly/re-assembly/tinkering with vintage cameras! Mark rediscovered film in 2011 and has been shooting non-stop ever since! When not shooting film photography, Mark is the proprietor of Metropolis Music in Jersey City, NJ and is a full-time member of the New Jersey experimental rock band The Smoove Sailors. Check out The Smoove at thesmoovesailors.com.
FPP regular guest Dane Johnson loves vintage cameras and has been shooting consistently on film since he bought his Canon AE-1 in 2011. When not shooting film photography, Dane is a full-time member of the New Jersey experimental rock band The Smoove Sailors. Smoove it out at thesmoovesailors.com.
Leslie is the owner of Imagine That! photography store and The Mecca Studio, both in lovely downtown Findlay Ohio. Leslie has been shooting film-only for decades and is one of the few photographers in the world to shoot and sculpt Polaroid SX-70 photo manipulations. Leslie at The Flickr.
Long-time FPP listener Alex Luyckx works both in Information Technology support and as a freelance photographer. He describes himself as an analog photographer stuck in a digital world. He loves using cameras older than he is and long walks through abandoned buildings. You can follow his photo blog at: alexluyckx.com/blog/
Brian Moore has been a photography nut since his early teens when he got his first camera, a Polaroid 210 Automatic Land Camera. Many cameras have come and gone since then but Brian’s enthusiasm for the photographic craft, its history, and the little light-tight boxes that make it all possible remains.
Originally from the town of Rutherglen in Scotland, Brian now lives in Southern California with his wife, two daughters, dog and, at last count, some 70 film cameras. He still uses his Polaroid 210 occasionally.
FPP UK Correspondent Darren Riley bought his first film camera in May 2010. Previously, he only ever shot holiday snaps on a cheap digital camera. His discovery of film awakened a real love for photography. He uses many different cameras but his favorite’s are the Holga 120GN and the Lomography Sprocket Rocket.
Darren lives in Bolton in the North West of England with his wife Becky, and is the first official UK "Deputy" for The Film Photography Podcast! For the past few years, Darren has organized the wildly successful FPP UK Meet-Ups!
Hunter White is FPP's Man-On-The-Street! Hunter is frequently at The Impossible Project, Lomography New York HQ and Museums getting the latest news of all things film in The Big Apple. Hailing from Georgia, Hunter currently resides in New York City where is is a student at The School of Visual Arts.