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Egyptian Film Photographers Capture their Love for Analog

December 11, 2020

Film photography is by no means a new way of photography, in fact, it has been around since the late 1880s, and is one of the earliest ways of documenting a scene visually. However, with the rise of digital photography in the late 1990s and early 2000s, photographic film slowly became obsolete. Film developing labs and darkrooms in Egypt and the world slowly started to shut down because the need for digital equipment was growing and people no longer needed to go through the long and limiting process of film photography. That is until digital photography became the norm, and photography enthusiasts started yearning for that vintage feel again. Especially during the last several months of quarantine, many young photographers in Egypt have been discovering film cameras that used to belong to their parents or grandparents, and deciding to experiment with them as part of their quarantine hobbies, on walks and with their families while exploring their neighborhoods. Of the many Egyptian film enthusiasts who first got acquainted with film photography during quarantine is Sandy Sameh. “My mom has always had an analog camera and it has been laying for…

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