Saturday, December 15, 2007

36 Exposures

The good folks over at Flak Photo e-mailed the Exposure Project today to inform us of a newly devised photographic challenge entitled 36 Exposures. Jointly organized by Flak Photo, File Magazine and Coudal Partners, the project's mission challenges photographers to throw down their digital cameras and embrace the deliberate, thoughtful process of analog capture. In the infamous words of Stephen Shore:

"[Today] there seems to be a greater freedom and lack of one considers one's pictures less, one produces fewer truly considered pictures."

So, in an effort to inspire a more contemplative photographic process, 36 Expsoures calls into question the effects and immediacy of digital technology on the medium.

Now, for the rules.

Stage One ~ The Idea: Write a short (up to 100 words) blurb about an idea, concept, theme, or project that, using a film camera, you think you can shoot 36 photographs of. We also ask you to indicate a preferred 35mm film from the following list (although we are open to alternatives, but unfortunately not medium/large formats):

~ Kodak Portra 160VC
~ Kodak Portra 400VC
~ Kodak Portra 800
~ Kodak BW400CN

Stage Two ~ The Images: The selected photographers will each be mailed a 36-exposure roll of film that they must use to complete the idea, concept, theme, or project they described in their blurb. They will have roughly two weeks to complete this task (no later than January 31), and when they are finished, they will mail the roll of film to FILE Labs™, where our Lab Chimps will process and scan the photos.

You have been challenged...

For more information about this project, and to acquire all the specifics, go here.