Monday, April 22, 2013

Black and White Film Photography by Bobby Chitrakar

Bobby Chitrakar is a film photographer based-in Portland, Oregon, US. He shoots primarily Black and White film in various formats; 8x10, 4x5, 6x6, 645 and 35mm. He does his own developing and most of his own printing (Toned Silver Gelatin Prints) in a wet darkroom.
"I am a self-taught B&W film photographer. I used to be a painter. I moved around a lot and stopped painting. When I settled down in Portland, Oregon I became interested in photography and started to dabble in it. I started out taking color photographs. I ended up getting a job at a film photo lab where we did primarily color work. One day I developed a roll of 35mm B&W negative for a customer. The instance I got my first glimpse of those B&W negatives, I was seduced by the tonality of B&W film. That was about a decade ago. Since then, I have been hooked on B&W film photography.
In my opinion, color photography has an instant appeal but does not sustain interest in the long term. However, B&W film photography is enjoyable eternally. This is the reason I do 99% black and white photography."

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