Large format film remains separate from all other film and digital as a craft with an entirely different skill set and method of working. This beautiful segment takes a look at one photographer who's racing the clock to finish his work, after which he'll hang up his camera for good.
Coming to you from PBS NewsHour, this interesting segment speaks with Christopher Burkett, a decades-long landscape photographer based in Oregon. Burkett works with Cibachrome, a dye destruction positive-to-positive process. Though the process is rare these days, the prints are known for their vivid color and their durability over the longterm. Furthermore, because the dyes are in the emulsion, prints tend to be much sharper than those in which the dyes were in the chemistry. When Cibachrome was discontinued, Burkett purchased a ten-year supply, which he's now racing the clock to finish using before it degrades. Once he finishes, he plans to retire from photography.
It really struck me how deeply Burkett loves the process, and by the end of the segment, I understood why he was retiring from photography when his Cibachrome runs out, as he truly feels such a passion for his specific method that he can't imagine it any other way. To him, that is photography.