What is FPP?
Launched in 2009, the Film Photography Project informs, engages and inspires film shooters both novice and professional via our bi-weekly internet radio show, The Film Photography Podcast. Through the show, FPP has assembled a community of photographers from around the globe who share their creative output, experiences and passion for ﬁlm photography. Today, the Project also includes our film / camera giveaways, the FPP Flickr Page, FPP YouTube Channel, Facebook page, Twitter account, newsletter and the Film Photography Project Store.
In 2013 we conducted our first WALKING WORKSHOP. In 2014 we had our second annual gathering and supplied hundreds of rolls of film and cameras to non-profit groups including the Scio School, Bluffton University and PICTURING WANTEETE through our expanded Camera Donation Program. In 2015, our third annual Walking Workshop was held in San Clemente, CA. In 2016 and 2017 we collected and donated cameras and lenses to both the Kalamazoo Community College and Pickerington High School.
Today, we continue our tradition of donating camera gear to students, our audio and video tutorials and expanding our in-store line of specialty films and gear. Do you have gear to donate? Visit our Donation Page.
A COLLECTIVE JOURNEY IN FILM PHOTOGRAPHY
The FPP is headed up by founder Michael Raso. Michael and the entire staff volunteer their time and energy for the FPP and it’s mission – educating folks about shooting traditional film photography!
KEEP IT SIMPLE
Film Photography is Fun and we aim to break down the complex and make it digestible even for the film novice without dumbing down the content. Sometimes it’s exciting to explore complex territory like large format or chemistry, but always remember, you can keep it simple and still get amazing results.
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.
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.
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.
Founder / Podcast Host
Photographer, producer and filmmaker Michael Raso has been working professionally in the visual arts for over 25 years. After 6 years cutting his teeth at Comcast specializing in commercial video production, Michael returned to his dream of making movies. He began his film career in 1994 producing and shooting ultra-low budget independent films including the 1989 shot-on-super 8 horror anthology The Basement and the 16mm zombie film Ghoul School. Michael continues his pursuits in film with Film Media, his motion picture film restoration, preservation and distribution label.
In 2009, Michael’s enthusiasm for traditional film photography inspired him to found the Film Photography Project and its fortnightly internet radio show, the Film Photography Podcast (FPP). Today, the FPP and its instructional videos, exclusive products and Walking Workshops have converted photographers around the globe to the joys of film photography. And most rewardingly, the FPP’s popular Camera Donation Program continues to place analog cameras, film and lenses into the hands of kids and instructors world-wide.
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 is currently employed by the MPEX – Mid-West Photo Exchange.
Leslie Lazenby fell in love with photography when she was given her first camera, a GAF 126, at the age of 10. Her first job in a camera shop with a custom and commercial photo lab turned into a 20-year adventure in film; leading to positions in darkrooms, customer relations, and as head of purchasing. For the past 15 years, Leslie has owned her own business, Imagine That, retailing traditional photography products, photographic restoration, custom printing and video conversions. She finds her Zen next door at her studio, the Mecca, where she plays with her film cameras, processes film and holds small classes focusing on teens and young adults.
Though well versed in nearly all film brands, Leslie’s greatest knowledge base is with Kodak, although her experience as a freelance artist for Polaroid demonstrating image manipulation and teaching emulsion transfers means Polaroid is equally near and dear to her heart. Currently, she is getting a lot of joy out of exploring the Svema film family of products.
Introducing people to the wonders of film photography is Leslie’s greatest joy, which she shares with her fellow members of the Film Photography Project in her capacities as Podcast Co-Host, Co-coordinator of Walking Workshops and liaison for the Camera Donation Program. Leslie at The Flickr.
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.
A life-long film photographer and lives in Ann Arbor, MI. While his favorite camera system is Nikon, he’s tried many other brands and has a working knowledge of most systems. 35mm is his preferred format, and he finds joy in photographing nature, architecture, found objects, and street scenes. He enjoys being a mentor, and is the manager of the Ann Arbor Area Crappy Camera Club (a2crappycameras.org).
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.
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/
UK resident 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! Darren regularly contributes music to the FPP shows including the all-time FPP favorites “No Pockets,” “Dead Jennifer” and “In My Room.” Check out Darren’s music – http://www.ballardpop.com/