Looking back on 2010: Kodak pulled the plug on its most famous film, Kodachrome, and the final roll was developed last week. But Kodak also released a new version of Portra film and a spokesperson admitted to the British Journal of Photography that there’s a “real resurgence for film.”
Polaroid hired Lady Gaga to lead their “creative” team, resulting in the production of some hideous copies of Fuji’s Instax Mini cameras. (What were they thinking?!) But The Impossible Project successfully reinvented instant film for vintage SX-70, 600, and Spectra cameras at the last remaining Polaroid factory in the Netherlands.
I found a great deal of photography inspiration online — Amazing found photos by Vivian Maier, ever-fascinating street photography by Bill Cunningham at The New York Times, and an outpouring of brilliant work on Flickr, where the talent is too diverse to attempt to list. I made peace with Tumblr, and watched in admiration as online friends embarked on fabulous collaborative projects like His & Hers and Sixty-Four Colors. I got to meet Rommel, photowalk with Anniebee, and test several versions of The Impossible Project’s new films. I learned to develop and print my own black & white film during a class at the Delaplaine, and completed the first 52 Saturdays project by taking a photo every Saturday in 2010.
In fact, 52 Saturdays was so much fun that we’re continuing in 2011 with a new group on Flickr: The Saturdays of 2011. (If you take a photo on a Saturday, please add it to the group!) I’m also planning a more ambitious project that will (hopefully) pair nicely with my Saturday photos: Shooting a roll of film each week this year. I was very saddened by the loss of a remarkable film like Kodachrome, but didn’t know what to do about it … I hope that shooting more film and bringing a roll to my local one-hour lab every week will help (in a small way) to keep the machines running.
I’m looking forward to sharing photos from these projects, links to inspiring work produced by other photographers, and news about other endeavors in the coming months. Thank you for supporting my work in 2010 … I hope you’ll enjoy much happiness and creativity in 2011!