This week we’re celebrating all things analog, so we’ve curated a special #PopFollows list featuring some of our favorite film photography-themed Instagram accounts. Below is a mix of analog-only shooters, print labs, and a few of our favorite gear stores. Follow these accounts for inspiration, not to mention rare/cool camera pics.
Jean André Antoine, @Jaaphotos
Jean Andre Antoine is a New York photographer specializing in analog street photography. You can regularly find him posted on the corner of Prince and Broadway, capturing beautiful portraits of New Yorkers on instant film. According to Antoine, the finite medium he uses to capture these portraits is ultimately a way to rebel against the era of “unlimited content” we currently live in. Her Instagram account regularly features photos of her subjects holding these just-printed snaps, unique frames, as well as a behind-the-scenes story about each. If the weather is nice and you happen to be in New York, we recommend taking a stroll down Prince and Broadway and asking Jean André Antoine to do one of his impressive analog portraits.
Cinema Camera Tokyo, @Filmcameratokyo
The official Instagram account for a camera store in Harajuku, Japan is one of our favorites for creating serious gear envy. The account regularly features beautiful analog cameras that the store offers for sale, including those from Hasselblad, Leica, Contax, Rollei, Fujifilm, Pentax, and many more. Everything featured can be purchased through their online store and they ship worldwide. Although we haven’t purchased anything yet, we love this account for its beautiful product photos of analog gems and also the fact that it exposes us to cameras we’ll probably never see in the wild.
Rita Harper, @__rita.p
This documentary photographer from Atlanta, Georgia, shoots the majority of her assignments and commissions on medium format film cameras. She worked for The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, National geographicand The Guardian. And his Instagram account presents an intimate view of life in both Atlanta and New Orleans, Louisiana. Her portraits are beautiful and her detailed captions offer additional details about the lives of the individuals she photographs.
The Instagram account of one of our favorite Brooklyn-based camera stores and print labs features an awesome mix of inspiring photographers to follow, used film cameras for sale, specialty film news, analog photography memes and extremely cool photo props and clothing (also for sale). It’s also the best way to keep up to date when hard-to-find films are restocked and when rare analog cameras become available in stores.
Jane Pain, @Jane_____pain
Capturing New York’s gritty underground community one 35mm frame at a time, it’s one of our current favorite Instagram accounts. In @Jane_____pain’s stream, you’ll find lots of bodily fluids, dirty bathrooms, and scenes from epic parties and house shows you probably weren’t cool enough to be invited to. While the frames featured on this account aren’t traditionally ‘beautiful’, we love the aesthetics. You can almost smell these photos, and we think that’s a good thing.
Ethan Moses, @Cameradactyl
Ethan Moses is one of our favorite analog tinkerers and his @cameradactyl account is where you can get a behind-the-scenes look at how he makes his 3D printed cameras and camera accessories, i.e. say “professional toys”. A recent highlight on @cameradactyl includes the process of constructing and shooting portraits with a massive 20×24 camera that shoots direct positives onto photo paper. It also gives subscribers information on repairing prisms, making bellows, welding camera parts, and complete camera disassembly. If you’re the type of photographer who likes to see how sausage is made, this is a great account to check out.
Chris Cook, @Cook_studios
Chris Cook’s cinematic portrayals are tasteful and extremely handsome. Her Instagram feed features a mix of black-and-white and color work — some shot in the studio, some on the street — ultimately highlighting her eye as a fashion and lifestyle shooter. His captions are usually brief, but he sometimes shares a full contact sheet or keeps the edges of his film intact, which provides additional insight into the film stocks he works with.
Edie Sunday, @ediesunday
There are beautiful imperfections in Edie Sunday’s flow – the kind of happy accidents that make film photographers fall in love with the medium. His blurred frames often use double exposure and camera movement and have cotton candy tints. There are plenty of beautiful self-portraits to be found on her account and it all looks a bit dreamlike in the best way.