Shooting Darkrooms with Digital

September 18, 2008

By Mike Landry
Onikoyi Photo Studio, Niamey, Niger, March 2008.

Onikoyi Photo Studio, Niamey, Niger, March 2008.

According to wikitravel, West Africa’s last surviving giraffe herd can be found just 45 minutes outside of Niamey, Niger. But when Montreal photographer Michel Campeau visited the French-African capital he was interested in another at-risk species—darkrooms.

Campeau’s latest project is a continuation of a book he published focusing on darkrooms in the Montreal area. Expanding his scope, he’s now working on a sequel that focuses on darkrooms around the world.

“After working for 35 years in darkrooms I finally decided to look at them,” says Campeau. “My project is about the photographic decline and the disappearance of the darkroom. That’s the reason I wanted to look at them, because they’re slowly disappearing everywhere.”

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