Crowd-funding Roundup: CineStill Medium Format Film

Crowd-funding is becoming increasingly popular among creatives. With more sites springing up and more artists asking for funds, Don’t Take Pictures presents a monthly roundup of some projects we find exciting. 

This month’s crowd funding roundup presents the reimagining of motion picture film.

CineStill Medium Format Film

As Hollywood moves away from motion picture film in favor of digital technology, another piece of cinema history is relegated to the past. Photographers who use film have a chance to breathe new life into the “movie-magic” with a new type of medium format film by CineStill. Previously unsuitable for still cameras due to inaccessible processing equipment, this company has refashioned ECN-2 motion picture film for use with still cameras and the C-41 processing technique. CineStill uses the same emulsion technology of motion picture film, creating a new material suitable for C-41 processing that is optimized for still photography printing. This creates more vibrant color and a low-light sensitivity equivalent to 800 ISO Tungsten C-41 film. If you love film, but are unable to make traditional C-prints, CineStill 800T produces high-quality negatives ideal for scanning.

To bring cinema film technology to still photographers worldwide, CineStill is raising funds through Kickstarter to develop a sustainable operation for manufacturing. The Kickstarter campaign will gauge the enthusiasm for firm, and, if met, will reduce the price tag of the individual rolls of film. Manufacturing costs include C-41 conversion equipment and lab costs, modifying the emulsion, creating special spools and paper backing, and product packaging.

This film currently exists in 35mm format, and with your help, can be made available in 120 format. 

Read more about CineStill's technology on their Kickstarter page.

There are 12 days remaining to fund this project.


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Rule Breakers: Dara Scully

“I never want to see another picture of ________.” Industry veterans share their pet peeves on themes in contemporary photography. In this series they present their “rule” along with five photographs that break the rule in an effort to show that great work is the exception to the rule."

Rule Setter: Emma Kisiel, photographer and editor of Muybridge’s Horse
Rule Breaker: Dara Scully

I never want to see another photograph of a fair, waifish woman out in nature, nude or scantily clad and broken-doll-postured, her face obscured by her hair. Don't get me wrong—I love seeing photos of and by women, but this breathy, ethereal imagery is completely overdone and rarely expresses more than what's at the surface level; just spend some time browsing Flickr.

Of course, the presence of animals is always going to pique my interest, as my own photography is about animals and the website I run features art of this kind. However, this can be dangerous territory, too. We've all seen too many antlers above the head or over the face, or fawns, for instance (I get it--they've got skinny limbs and big eyes and lashes; that whole innocent look). I like to see photography that takes a risk, doesn't just follow a trend.

Dara Scully's emotive, haunting, black and white photographs explore the connection between humans and nature. The images together tell a story and each one challenges the viewer, visually and emotionally. I believe it's difficult to talk about nature without talking about death, and Scully carries this conversation well. Her photos feature dead birds and the female figure in strange interactions with trees and the soil and often tell a dark tale or describe a mournful mood. The pictures are stark and sometimes gritty; they could fit right in as stills from a film like Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man. In her color work, Scully includes manipulation and collage. Her creative methods of storytelling and image-making are a refreshing take on a familiar style.

—Emma Kisiel

News Recap: October 17, 2014

Fortnightly recap of art world news. 

©Joseph Sywenkyj

©Joseph Sywenkyj

Joseph Sywenkyj Wins W. Eugene Smith Award in Humanistic Photography
Award recipients presented their work on Wednesday evening to a capacity crowd at the School of Visual Arts Theater in New York City. Recipients include Joseph Sywenkyj, Moises Saman, and Muriel Hasbun.
Read the full story (W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund)


Tax Court Redefines “Professional Artists”
“If you say you are an artist, but you make little money from selling your art, can your work be considered a profession in the eyes of the Internal Revenue Service? In a ruling handed down late last week by the United States Tax Court and seen by many as an important victory for artists, the answer is yes.” —Randy Kennedy
Read the full story (New York Times)

Bill Manning's matted calendar print

Bill Manning's matted calendar print

Ansel Adams Gallery Swindles Tourists With Print Scam.
“From a business standpoint, it’s pretty smart. You have figured out how to reuse inventory of last year’s calendar with images on it that can’t be resold. So…mat it up, seal it and sell it as a print as a ‘Recycled Product.’ But, from a consumer’s point of view, you use a play of words and sell it off as a print. That is very unethical.” —Bill Manning
Read the full story (PetaPixel)


Emma Johnston’s Forgotten Victorian Photo Archives Resurface
"The images were captured between 1858 and 1864 by Emma Johnston, who auctioneers describe as 'one of the lost figures of 19th-century photography.' They document the activities of Johnston's immediate circle, and the many visitors to her family home in Hampstead, said a spokesman for Bonhams. The collection, containing more than 350 photos, is expected to fetch £10,000 - £15,000 at an auction on 12 November." —Chris Cheesman
Read the full story (Amateur Photographer)


Art Photographer Ray K. Metzker Dies at 83
"Ray K. Metzker, a modernist photographer who called himself 'an intellectual wanderer' and proved it over six decades of audacious experiment - he sometimes overlapped exposures to make a single pictures from a roll of film - died on Thursday in Philadelphia." —Douglas Martin
Read the full story (New York Times)

Exhibition Opportunity: City Life

Photo: Rebecca Lepkoff

Photo: Rebecca Lepkoff

Don’t Take Pictures exists to showcase the work of emerging photographers. In addition to publishing photographers in print, and online in our monthly columns, we are now publishing online quarterly exhibitions.

We are seeking work for our upcoming city exhibition.

The exhibition will be published online from November 25 – February 24

Deadline: November 21

File specs:
- 72 dpi
- sRGB
- no less than 1024 pixels and no more than 1500 pixels on the longest side.

Email up to three photographs to: with City Life in the subject line.

Include your name, title of photograph, and a link to your website (if applicable). Ex: Kat Kiernan, Untitled,