The Speed of Light: Time, Things, and Emotion in the Analog Photography Renaissance

Chandler Fitzsimons (US)

Live online talk Saturday 24 October 16:00 EDT (New York), 21:00 BST (London)

Despite the fact that digital cameras are cheaper and deliver higher quality images than ever before, film photography and its associated aesthetics and technologies have experienced a massive resurgence in recent years, particularly among young adults. In this talk, I explore the social dimensions and material implications of the film renaissance from the perspective of an archaeologist of the recent past (who also happens to be a photographer, but does not claim to be any good at it). This phenomenon of the analog renaissance speaks to a relationship between time, affect, and material objects, and how the act of analog photography bridges but also complicates the gulf between the past and the present in the digital age.