Although becoming a trend today among youngsters, I remember a time when film photography was being suffocated by the overabundance of digital cameras. But why do I prefer film over digital? I guess the life of one man can pretty much tackle all of the reasons why.
“I never thought I would become a photographer.” Ironically, this is a quote by one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century, and one of my inspirations, René Burri.
After the second World War, even though technology was progressing and the world was getting itself in a hurry, it still wasn’t as connected as it is today. In a way, there was still a kind of a mystery to it. Television and newspapers were the main source of information, but still, that wasn’t enough. People needed to venture to discover more and more about the last mysteries of the world. And this is where photographers came in.
Burri was a key figure of the second half of the 20th century, because the majority of important events were immortalized in his photographs. Cities affected by the second World War, Picasso, Che Guevara, the Vietnam war, the Chinese protests, the fall of the USSR, the “Columbia” space shuttle launch and so much more, all photographed by him.
In conclusion, the reason I prefer film is because of how his photos make me feel. They make me nostalgic for an era I wasn’t even born, but still, yearn to get back to. Shooting on film isn’t as frequent as digital and you get a lot less, quantity wise, but I guess that’s the point. Less is more.