Has the Roll of Film Ended...?*


It certainly has if you use Fuji Neopan 1600 ASA!

If you shoot on film, you buy it in bulk and store it in the freezer.

On my Paris trips to the Passages, I take two Nikon FEs: one loaded with 400 ASA for the "normal" lighting shots, and one loaded with Fuji Neopan 1600 ASA (a faster film) for those dark corners.

Just before my trip to Paris last Thursday, I took out a roll of Neopan from the fridge, then went to the freezer to replenish the fridge. Just two rolls left in the freezer, so I had better order some more.... Shock Horror. None to be found anywhere on the internet – it's been discontinued!

It is probably three years since I bought 20 or so rolls of Neopan 1600, and somewhere down the line I've missed the announcement of its demise.

And worst still. There is not another 1600 ASA film now in production. Either 400 ASA or jump all the way to Ilford Delta 3200 ASA. In future I'm going to have to shoot on 3200, stop down a couple of stops on my camera, then compensate for this when the film is developed. I foresee a few trial rolls being shot and developed until the right result is achieved!

*See my blog, July 06 for comparison...


Has the Role of Film Ended...?


Just visited the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition – last year they had a complete gallery full of photography, including an information notice that said something like, “Photography has always played a big part in the RA Summer Exhibition...” This sign was an insult to photographers, as the previous year the few images that were on show were hung, literally, on the back of a panel screening the exit door!

So this year was to be no surprise: out of 1,250 artworks on show, I would think maybe only 15–20 were photographs!

My entry for this years Summer exhibition was not in fact a photograph – even though it was made up from 35mm film. The work (nearly a metre square) has the words “Has the role of film ended?” – the letters being made up of small rolls of 35mm film. As a darkroom photographer, I was indeed making a statement – a statement that obviously went right over the heads of the judges (who, no doubt, were sculptors/printmakers/artistes etc.) as I didn't even get past the first round!

An artist friend of mine describes the whole RA Summer exhibition thing as a “cash cow”. At £25 per submission, and a limit of (only!) 12,000 entries from the public, I think I agree!

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