Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Film Photography by Chad Coombs

Chad Coombs is a photographer lives in Toronto, Canada and shoots fine art photography. He mostly shoots film, especially black and white on medium format. "I once read the quote, "when you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes, but when you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their souls," and I totally agreed with it so much that even to this day," he says. "I shoot fashion style work in color on digitial, and all other work in black and white film, or Polaroid."

His Holga images are over lapping exposures of a single scene. "I basically advance the negative half way and pano my camera over half a view and repeat until I am done my image, pretty simple and sometimes works out," he says of his work. "My Polaroid work is collages I make using images I have previously shot, or magazine tear outs. I will create the image/collage atop of a black piece of paper and then photograph it with my SX70 camera. Afterwards I take a sharp screw or nail and carve into the Polaroid the hair, eye lashes etc." These images are not photoshopped either.

Chad Coombs discovered Richard Avedon early in his photography adventure, he was and still is to this day a huge inspiration for Coombs and largely why he uses and believes in the white empty background for his portraiture work. "I like to create images that cause a reaction, make people think or feel, last in ones mind long after viewing."

See more of Chad Coombs' work on his webiste at

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