Get 6 Months of ShootQ Free With Any Workshop Purchase!

Your content will be up shortly. Please allow up to 5 seconds
Inspiration

Canadian Photographer Documents the Lost Art of The Darkroom

By Lauren Kermelis on December 1st 2013

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.

[REWIND: KODAK: DEATH OF A PHOTOGRAPHY LEGEND? SELLS BUSINESS- OFFICIALLY STOPS PRODUCING CAMERA FILM COMPONENTS]

 

dissappearing-darkrooms-1

dissappearing-darkrooms-3

dissappearing-darkrooms-2

dissappearing-darkrooms-4

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.

dissappearing-darkrooms-6

dissappearing-darkrooms-5

dissappearing-darkrooms-10

dissappearing-darkrooms-9

dissappearing-darkrooms-7

dissappearing-darkrooms-8

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.

All photographs by Michael Campeau are copyrighted and have been used with permission for SLR Lounge. Do not copy, modify or re-post this article or images without express permission from SLR Lounge and the artist.

[via “FeatureShoot“]

This site contains affiliate links to products. We may receive a commission for purchases made through these links, however, this does not impact accuracy or integrity of our content.

Lauren Kermelis is a freelance photographer wedding, portrait, and event photographer based out of Southern California.

Q&A Discussions

Please or register to post a comment.

  1. Kieran

    I like the sentiment, and the feel behind the photos. However, I once attended a lecture by Owen Butler of RIT in which he talked about how the dark room is one of those sacred places that is left un photographed. Part of me can’t help but feel like some part of what makes the dark room special is lost, or, to word that better, is unable to be summed up in such few photos.

    | |