Analogue Photography: Reference manual for shooting film

You may have found an old Konica at the thrift store or inherited a Leica, or you may be one of the many younger photographers who are being drawn to analogue for the first time, as a way to enrich and expand their practice. In either case, this book provides all the information needed to help you understand your camera and get out and start using it.

The fundamental technical sides of both cameras and photography are covered. There are, however, no tips on how to take ‘better’ photos, no sections on lines and shapes, silhouettes, texture or composition. This is purely a technical manual: once you have mastered the mechanics of photography, you will have total creative control over your camera, a tool for taking photos exactly as you want them.

Whether as a primer or a reference manual, this is the perfect book to (re)kindle your love of analogue photography.

Available now from VETRO Editions and ars-imago
Foreword: Florian Kaps
Text: Andrew Bellamy
Editor: John Z. Komurki
Technical editor: Giorgio Di Noto
Project Manager: Luca Bendandi
Design: Andrew Bellamy
©2017
Paperback
Specifications: 160mx210mm
Pages: 192
Printed in Slovenia at DZS GRAFIK
Published by VETRO Editions, Berlin
ISBN: 978-88-943044-0-4
The fact that this book exists as a real object is surprising, and makes my analogue heart beat faster. But there are several other important aspects of this wonderful publication that make me — and hopefully you as well — very happy, and more certain in my conviction that the future of analogue is just about to begin. 

1. This is a book about the beauty of analogue photography, and a celebration of all these breathtaking, magical cameras that have been consigned to the trash for too long. This book will connect these devices with a new generation of photographers, helping them not only to fall in love with them, but also — and most importantly — start using them again, with passion. 

2. I myself have dedicated many years of blood, sweat and the occasional tear to analogue photography’s comeback, by rescuing, at the very last minute, the world’s last Polaroid factory, and rebooting the production of instant film in 2010. I share this book’s philosophy: that of inspiring people to dive into something that is for me still one of the most mindblowing adventures life has to offer — capturing your magic moments in light and silver. 

3. This book is a perfect example of the new value analogue productions have acquired over recent years. The outstanding work of Andrew Bellamy shows how a young and passionate author and designer with an obvious respect for and detailed understanding of the past can bring together iconic elements in a contemporary style. This book is simply an irresistible object.

So, please, don’t just read this wonderful book: let it activate all five of your senses, and help you fall back in love with analogue! 

— Florian Kaps
"Much to learn and gorgeous to hold and look at, can’t ask for much more than that."
Japan Camera Hunter

"A love letter to the cameras we shoot and a beautifully made reminder of just how intricate and incredible these machines are."
Casual Photofile

"A beautiful guide to film photography."
AIGA Eye on Design

"This book will have a prime spot in every film photographer’s bookshelf, both as a go-to reference material, and something to flip through and admire once in a while."
The Phoblographer
"A great-looking publication and a fantastic place from which to start, or rekindle, a journey into film photography."
Creative Review

"In today’s world in which we spend more and more time in front of glass screens, it has never felt better to touch and turn the pages of a beautiful publication such as you are holding in your hands."
—Florian Kaps

"Superb design"
Creative Boom

MY/MIA

174 images describing various neighborhoods in Miami between 2009 and 2013. All photos were shot on 35mm film using the cameras featured on this website. The specific camera and type of film used for each photo is detailed in the back of the book.
©2014
Hardback
Printed in USA
Specifications: 178mx175mm
Pages: 184
Photos: Andrew Bellamy
FILM:
Fujicolor 200
Fujicolor 400
Kodak Gold 100
Elitechrome 100
CAMERA:
Aires 35iii
Argus C3
Argus C3 Colormatic
Canon Canonet
Canon Canonet QL17
Canon Canonet QL19
Canon Canonet 28
Canon Demi EE17
Canon Dial
Fujica 35SE
Fujica V2
Konica Sii
Konica Auto S2
Minolta AL
Minolta Hi-Matic 7
Minolta Hi-Matic 7s
Minolta Hi-Matic 9
Minolta Minoltina AL-s
Minolat Repo S
Minolta V2
Olympus 35RD