A man carries an analog film camera and puts an action camera on top of it in Tebet, South Jakarta on March 28, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Back to Analog: Jakarta's Film Photography Trend

BY :YUDHA BASKORO

MARCH 29, 2021

Digital cameras are currently at its peak.

Canon’s digital camera has reached a burst rate with a speed of 16 FPS (frame per second) for shooting with the viewfinder or 20 FPS for shooting with Live View mode via the LCD. This technology enables photographers to precisely capture a fraction of a second for sport or wildlife photography.

Despite the popularity of sophisticated, brand new digital cameras, analog film photography is still going strong — especially in the Greater Jakarta Area— thanks to the millennials and Gen Z. 

To this younger generation, getting into ye olde analog photography is like embarking on a new adventure. Growing up, they did not experience taking pictures with various types of film. Nor did they develop films in chemicals and scan negatives, since digital photography emerged in 1995. Their enthusiasm also gives birth to analog photography communities.

The Jakarta’s Kamera Ria community at Tebet serves as a new platform and forum for the capital’s analog photographers. First established in 2018, the community now regularly holds talk shows on Instagram to stay connected with their members amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The capital is also seeing a rise in photo labs for film developing, film scanning, and photo printing services. Among them are ASA Photolab in Tebet, Labrana in Kemang, as well as Soup N Film in Blok M. These photo labs provide easy access at affordable prices for young analog photographers who are just getting started on film photography. 

Photo labs become a bridge between local film distributors and classic camera traders. They also serve as a place where one can share knowledge on film photography.

This trend has been going strong for more than five years. It breathes new life into the classic camera traders and service providers at Pasar Baru Traditional Market in West Jakarta. 

Young film photographers who want to get an analog camera at a low price can go to Pasar Baru and get guaranteed, favorable services. Due to the dedication and loyalty of Pasar Baru classic camera traders, we can see a teenager holding cameras used in the World War II and Vietnam War such as the Leica M, Rolleiflex, Canon S and Nikon F. 

These legendary cameras are making a comeback to preserve every moment on the streets through the eyes of young film photographers.

Various type of film rolls are seen at ASA Photolab in Tebet, South Jakarta on June 9, 2020. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Various types of film rolls are seen at ASA Photolab in Tebet, South Jakarta on June 9, 2020. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Kamera Ria analog & film photography community take a group photo at Lintas Bawah Kuningan - Mampang in South Jakarta on March 28, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Kamera Ria analog & film photography community take a group photo at Lintas Bawah Kuningan - Mampang in South Jakarta on March 28, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A man puts a film roll inside an analog camera in Mampang, South Jakarta on March 28, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A man puts a film roll inside an analog camera in Mampang, South Jakarta on March 28, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A woman takes a portrait photos using film camera at Jalan Gatot Subroto in South Jakarta on March 28, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A woman takes portrait photos using a film camera at Jalan Gatot Subroto in South Jakarta on March 28, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A woman takes a photo using a film camera at Jalan Jend. Gatot Subroto in South Jakarta on March 28, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A woman takes a photo using a film camera at Jalan Jend. Gatot Subroto in South Jakarta on March 28, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A man holds a legendary Vietnam War camera, the Nikon F at Tebet, South Jakarta on March 28, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A man holds the legendary Vietnam War camera, the Nikon F, at Tebet, South Jakarta on March 28, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A cyclist takes a picture using film camera at Jalan Jend. Gatot Subroto in South Jakarta on March 28, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A cyclist takes a picture using a film camera at Jalan Jend. Gatot Subroto in South Jakarta on March 28, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A classic camera service provider sits inside his stall at Pasar Baru traditional market in West Jakarta on June 9, 2020. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A classic camera service provider sits inside his stall at Pasar Baru traditional market in West Jakarta on June 9, 2020. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A man repairs an analog camera at Pasar Baru traditional market in West Jakarta on June 9, 2020. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A man repairs an analog camera at Pasar Baru traditional market in West Jakarta on June 9, 2020. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Two young film photographers are seen inside ASA Photolab, a film photo developing and scanning service in Tebet, South Jakarta on March 28, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Two young film photographers are seen inside ASA Photolab, a film photo developing and scanning service in Tebet, South Jakarta on March 28, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A film developer cuts a negative as he puts it on a film sleeve inside the ASA Photolab in Tebet, South Jakarta on June 9, 2020. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A film developer cuts a negative as he puts it on a film sleeve inside the ASA Photolab in Tebet, South Jakarta on June 9, 2020. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A film developer checks a negative inside a photolab at Tebet, South Jakarta on June 9, 2020. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A film developer checks a negative inside a photolab at Tebet, South Jakarta on June 9, 2020. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A photo taken using a rangefinder analog camera made by Japanese company Yashica from the mid-1960s, the Yashica Electro 35 GSN with Kodak Gold 200 film. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A photo of a kid playing at Lapangan Banteng, a historical landmark in Central Jakarta, taken using a rangefinder analog camera made by Japanese company Yashica from the mid-1960s, the Yashica Electro 35 GSN with Kodak Gold 200 film. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A photo of Hotel Indonesia Roundabout taken using Fujifilm QuickSnap Flash 400 Disposable 35mm Camera (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A photo of Hotel Indonesia Roundabout taken using Fujifilm QuickSnap Flash 400 Disposable 35mm Camera. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

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