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A New Take On Retro

February 24th, 2013

A New Take On Retro

Paul Cowan takes retro a step further with his latest wall-art series, the Historic Camera set.
Featuring classic cameras from the 30s, 40s and 50s, these photographes were themselves taken on a classic camera - the Pentacon Six - using black and white Fomapan film, which itself is based on a formula from the 1950s.
The entire series was shot on a single roll of 120 film which was then hand-developed, ensuring that the entire set has a uniform, retro look.
"This saeries lacks the clinical perfection of digital photographs", Paul said. "There is grain to be seen in larger sizes and I expect some micro-scratches in the film emulsion will also be visible under close examination. But that is the individuality and charm of film. It's not quick and easy, it;s arduous and if the artist's skills fail him then it can all go wrong."
A lot of Paul's portfolio has been shot on film - some of it with the very cameras pictured in this series. "The 1930s Beirax was a little beauty,"...