Film Dead? Hell, No!

blog by Michael Raso

Today, I received an e-mail from Zac Gooch, chief videographer at KBAK, the CBS affiliate in Bakersfield, CA.

He’s a film shooter who recently wrapped up a video news piece on film called “Is Film Dead?”

When I asked Zac about the video (posted above), he responded “I was really interested in the fact that contrary to popular belief…. film photography is not yet dead. In fact I found out that our local photography shop was constructing a new public darkroom. I thought this was unheard of so I decided to do a news story on it.”

The news story was a labor of love for Zac (written by KBAK’s Leyla Santiago) and was shot during a three month period.

Zac’s excellent slice-of-life video reminds me of the comprehensive reporting done by the “CBS Sunday Morning” team. More importantly, Zac’s vid “hipped me” to film folks that I was previously unaware.

The women at Made U Look Photography (pictured above) are shooting commercially on film, Kristopher Stallworth is teaching film at Bakersfield College and blogging on his own site and hey...I never knew about Henley’s Photo Shop! Henley’s Jimmy Bunting is an avid film photographer.

above: Kristopher Stallworth
, professor at Bakersfield College and the Henley's staff (look, they have a Traditional Film Center!)

Super Positive!
Michael Raso

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Anonymous's picture
Aperture Photography & Variety in Cleveland, Ohio recently opened a public darkroom as well! Long live film!!!
Michael Raso's picture

Here's a link to the Aperture Cleveland, OH Darkroom

Glen's picture
Wow! Thanks for the video guys. Great that you've devoted part of the store to analogue photography. I wish we were fortunate enough to have a photo store like that here in Fort Lauderdale, Floida. The only thing we have now is one Ritz Camera as the other one closed recently, and their stock is blah! Warm regards, Glen
Chris Nagle's picture
Great video, very reassuring to those of us still reeling from the demise of KC64! We're fortunate in the UK to still be able to get film easily, and I'd like to plug a local shop in Bolton that's always got good stocks of 120 and 35mm Very helpful staff too.
Anonymous's picture
Stefanie Schneider is my favorite polaroid photographer, I'd love if you had an interview with her.

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