About Us

We encourage image-making with, and the understanding of, photography’s fundamental technology: film.  Film is as old as the art of photography, and as new as the age.

The annual subscription is £15.00, in addition to RPS membership subscription. 

How do I join? See http://rps.org/special-interest-groups 

The background

The group’s formation was proposed in an article entitled ‘Back to our roots’ in October 2014’s issue of The Journal. We were founded in 2015. 

The present and the future 

Film is enjoying a renaissance; increasing numbers of young photographers are exploring it in schools and colleges, and professionals are returning to it. Many photographers like to (or would like again to) shoot film, negative or positive, make prints in a darkroom, and project slides. Kodak and Ferrania are reintroducing films, notably Kodak Ektachrome.

Lomo has introduced an entire generation to the uniqueness of film, a group whom we are particularly keen to help engage with film photography. Interest grows in alternative processes such as Cyanotype and wet collodion. Numerous photographers are using hybrid imaging i.e. combining digital and analogue photography, for example by shooting on film, scanning negatives and digitally printing.

What we do

We hold events, produce a newsletter, and organise group activities for a wide range of people, from 'new to film' to the experienced. These are designed to encourage the making and sharing of images, inform, educate, and help members’ share skills and experience in film photography and related areas. 

Analogue technology is usable and popular in many photographic areas (I use it in landscape photography, for example) so whatever sort of photography you do, you are welcome to join us. Understanding film and darkroom will help you be a better digital photographer, too. 

So if you use film or use a darkroom—or simply would like to learn about any aspect of analogue or hybrid imaging—please join us to explore analogue’s unique qualities, remarkable history and future potential.

David Healey ARPS, Former Chairman