Throughout the existance of humanity, various methods of art come and go. In one way, that is the beauty of the versatility of art, yet on the downside it can still be rather disheartening to see certain art forms die. While new advances in technology can be exceptionally helpful and innovative, we can’t help but at times reminisce the past.
That is just what Canadian photographer, Michael Campeau has aimed to do. Since 2003, Campeau has traveled across the globe documenting what appears to him, to be all that is left of photographic darkrooms. His purpose of the project is to compile a book of what he considers to be “historic sites,” amongst photographers throughout the ages, and from all over the world.
Campeau, like most photographers, is passionate about celebrating the unseen connection between humans and the art produced amongst them. While his publication is in one sense, an epitaph, in another, it is a celebration of the life of film photography.
While the use of film has significantly decreased with the rise of digital, it is important to note that it still, however, has a loyal following by photographers worldwide. I don’t believe that we will ever see a complete extinction of film. Its popularity might diminish for a while, but as most things will probably resurface in the future.
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