The Return Of Film Photography

We all remember posing for countless pictures and excitedly waiting after our parents sent in a roll of film or two to be developed. Film photography is slowly making a comeback, proving its timelessness. A few African photographers have embraced the trend and form a significant part of the Instagram throng chanting by means of the hashtag “Film is not dead”.

A good number of photographers who do not currently shoot film try to recreate the unique teaspoon-of-grain aesthetic of film photography using editing applications like VSCO cam who recently released more film presets for editing. However, here are three photographers who have taken the extra step by actually shooting film photography.

Buka Andile

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The South African film photographer focuses on film photography and creates images with an antique feel unique to him. We love his Solitude and Sartist (Sport’s profiles) projects. The Solitude project captures “the way we are” with strong, evoking images and the Sartist project is very reminiscent of the 90’s.
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Christina ‘Afrique’ Ihek

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This English photographer of East African descent is relatively new to film photography and shares her journey into the art on her blog byafrique.com. We love her bright photographs and her use of architecture and fashion in her work. We are excited to see more from her.

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Patricia Ellah

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New York based Nigerian photographer creates daring images and already has a distinct touch. Her blog Patriciaellah.com showcases her work beautifully, most of which are black and white photographs. However, when she does color, she does not disappoint.

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Film photography is one trend we are ecstatic to welcome from memory lane, and we look forward to see more photographers from the continent embrace their film rolls and vintage cameras.

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