Αποτυπώνοντας ποτραίτα μέσα από τον εθνογραφικό φακό

Ο χώρος δημιουργικής μάθησης Fårö Creative Learning σε συνεργασία με το Φεστιβάλ Εθνογραφικού Κινηματογράφου της Αθήνας – Ethnofest (www.ethnofest.gr) διοργανώνουν ένα εργαστήριο εθνογραφικού κινηματογράφου με επίκεντρο την ταινία-πορτραίτο.

Μέσα από το εργαστήριο οι συμμετέχοντες θα έχουν την δυνατότητα να
εξοικειωθούν με την ανθρωπολογική θεωρία ως εργαλείο προσέγγισης της θεματικής των πορτραίτων, θα εφοδιαστούν με μεθοδολογικές και τεχνολογικές γνώσεις για τη δημιουργία μίας ταινίας-πορτραίτου και θα τους δοθεί η δυνατότητα να εξασκηθούν θεωρητικά και τεχνικά μέσα από προβολές, συζητήσεις και γυρίσματα δημιουργώντας τη δική τους ταινία.

Το εργαστήριο θα συντονίσουν oι Σίλας Μιχάλακας, Χρήστος Βαρβαντάκης και Κωνσταντίνος Αϊβαλιώτης- από το Φεστιβάλ Εθνογραφικού Κινηματογράφου Αθηνών- Ethnofest.

Οι κάμερες και οι φακοί που θα χρησιμοποηθούν στο εργαστήριο είναι μια ευγενική χορηγία της Canon.

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This Is Why Film Photography Is Making a Comeback

CES, once known as the Consumer Electronics Show, is usually the stuff of drones, smart home gear and other high-tech gadgets. But this year, as thousands of people attended the annual tech gathering in Las Vegas, a 129-year-old brand stole the limelight. Kodak Aliris, the firm that bought Kodak’s film segments, announced during the event that it would reintroduce Ektachrome, a color reversal film discontinued in 2012.

Ektachrome’s revival, which surprised and pleased many photographers, comes as the film photography market is on the up after more than a decade of decline. “The film market peaked in 2003 with 960 million rolls of film, today it represents roughly 2% of that,” says Manny Almeida, president of Fujifilm’s imaging division in North America.

But in the last three years, companies like Kodak, Fujifilm and Harman Technology, which manufactures the popular Ilford Photo black-and-white films, have been experiencing a comeback. “We’re seeing film growth of 5% year-on-year globally,” says Giles Branthwaite, the sales and marketing director at Harman. “Our professional film sales have been increasing over the last two or three years,” confirms Dennis Olbrich, president of Kodak Alaris’ imaging, paper, photo chemicals and film division.
Professional photographers are primarily fueling this growth, thanks to a new generation of practitioners who grew up with digital but have begun dabbling in film, says Olbrich: “They discover the magic of film photography and many of them simply fall in love with it.”

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Many modern film photographers are portrait and wedding photographers in their 20s and 30s who are looking to “differentiate their art and their work by shooting film,” Almeida tells TIME. “That usually allows them to charge for a premium product because film has a different look and feel than digital.”

That look is key, adds Olbrich. “At Kodak, we’re very data-driven,” he says. “We look at every aspect of an image and try to quantify it, but there’s just a depth and richness in a film image that’s hard to replicate otherwise. That’s really the reason why a lot of influential motion pictures cinematographers demand to use film.” And now, professional photographers are making the same demands. “This group of photographers often uses the fact that they shoot film as a competitive advantage in their marketing.”

Film, meanwhile, pushes photographers to rethink how they shoot. “You can’t just shoot a hundred shots of your subject and review them immediately,” says Olbrich. “Film forces you to think about the image, plan the image and really create the image mentally before you actually do the shoot. Film photographers believe that this process results in much more artistic and, in some cases, much more spectacular images.”

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Film manufacturers have taken notice. They’re now rejuvenating their sales and marketing efforts, with Harman pushing for the creation of new courses, new darkrooms and exhibitions across the U.K. and the U.S. Kodak is retooling its entire social media strategy and if this year’s CES is any indication, Kodak has certainly struck a chord with film-curious photographers. While it will take a year for Ektachome to be available again, the company is already working on what comes next. “That gave us some confidence to start to look at what films we would consider bringing back into the marketplace,” says Olbrich.

Fujifilm, on the other hand, is looking at another segment to grow its film business: instant photography. “It’s a huge market for us,” says Almeida. Fujifilm believes it sold more than 6.5 million instant cameras last year, up from 3.9 million in 2014 (a full accounting of those sales will be published at the end of the month.) And new products continue to come out of Fujifilm’s factories. Last year, it launched a black-and-white instant film, and in the coming months it will unveil a new film that will mimic Polaroid’s famous square format.

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“We’ve done a lot of consumer research to try to understand how consumers feel about the product, what’s their behavior, how do they buy it,” Almeida adds. “A lot of consumers indicate that they don’t even look at Instax as photography. It’s fun, it’s relaxed, it’s social communication.”

Despite its different appeal, the popularity of Instax benefits the entire film market as more people experience analogue photography’s distinct appeal. “What surprises me, really, is that it’s taken 15 years since digital penetrated the photography market for this resurgence to happen,” says Branthwaite.

*Olivier Laurent / editor of TIME LightBox

What’s the story behind the “Colour Series”?

Karen Jerzyk explains how he came up with her project “Colour Series”:
“The story behind my “Color Series” ironically does not come from a particularly vibrant place. That is, it was born from the typical bullying and cruelty that only the internet has to offer. Back in 2014, I had gotten arrested for trespassing- an “activity” I would often partake in due to the nature of most of my photography (most of my photos are set in a “decayed” scene). Somehow, the story made both national and international news. I was scared and stressed out, because I was clearly being made an example of. Because the photo community in my area is severely catty and unprofessional, I instantly became the victim of bullying and harassment. I was horrified to see people I didn’t know and had never met/spoken to leaving horrendous comments on all sorts of forums. “She needed to be knocked down a couple pegs”, “she’s such a bitch”, “she deserves to go to jail forever”, “her photos suck”, and so on and so forth. The comment that deeply resonated with me was one that stated “maybe she will finally stop taking photos”. Luckily, I’m the kind of person who uses terrible life events and situations to light a fire under my ass. So people wanted me to stop taking photos, eh? They thought I’d stop? Naaaaah. I had a couple months to wait and lay low before my court date, but I wanted to show people that I don’t just stop doing something when things go bad (that’s ridiculous!).
So, I feverishly cleaned out a little stone room in my basement and used it to do some self-portraits, so I had material to post to show people that I wasn’t out of the photography game. From there, I started collecting antiques and a year later had saved up enough money to commission a carpenter friend of mine to build a “wooden room” within the stone room- essentially, a giant wooden box that was about 7×7 feet. As life moved on, it laid dormant for a few months as I worked on other projects. In April 2016, my mother gave me a final warning- I HAD to get rid of the TV that had been in our driveway all winter because it was an eyesore. The TV was from the late 80s- a vintage beauty, if you will- but it didn’t really fit the aesthetic of any projects I had coming up. I had gotten it for free, and for some reason was determined to, in some way, destroy it for a photo. For a while, I had considered bringing it out into the woods and lighting it on fire, but I’m sure that’s been done a million times before. So here I am, standing in my backyard, staring at this TV…and I notice a can of spray paint behind it (yes, my backyard is a mess because of my shenanigans). A blue can of spray paint. I thought maybe, just MAYBE, it would be cool to paint the entire thing blue. But then what? Aesthetically, that’s weird, and doesn’t really match anything. Well, what if I painted other props blue? What if I painted the furniture blue? WHAT IF I PAINTED THE WHOLE DAMN ROOM BLUE?!?!? So, off I went to buy one of those high-powered paint guns and the rest is history. Blue was the first color I did, and everything else followed after. From April 2016-August 2016, I spent well over 1,000 hours designing entire rooms, painting them, and tearing them down for the next. The subjects I used ran the gamut of experienced, established models to people who hired me for family photos to friends and family. On average, it would take me about 15 hours to “create” one room. Once the hot weather hit, I was taking about 5 showers a day to wash the disgusting sweatiness off me from working in the tiny space and busting my ass moving the furniture outside to paint, wiring up skeletons, nailing things to the walls, etc etc. I completed the project this August (2016), and was elated to have completed such an ambitious undertaking. So, here they are, all 11 of my color series photos. Enjoy!”
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Lisbon by Ron Gessel

Ron Gessel lives and works in Amsterdam. He trained in graphic design in Utrecht in the Netherlands, then began a long career as an artistic director for renowned advertising agencies. He taught himself photography and travelled extensively, guided by his emotions and a great sense of spontaneity. He captures his images directly in the street, with his camera and wide-angle lens always in hand. In 2012, he received the prestigious PANL Award, presented by the Dutch Association of advertising, print and fashion photographers.

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