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A weekly show exploring the wonderful world of analog photography from every angle


January 27, 2021

Ep. 233: Shaping chaos

On this weeks episode Clare and Graeme are joined by Nikki Culley, a fantastic photographer and printer from Manchester to talk about the work she's been creating over the last year, experimenting with Ortho film and a rough developing process, and then taking these unique, marked and  negatives and making painstakingly crafted beautiful, moody prints from them.


You can find Nikki's work here:

And Nikki is on Instagram:


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John and Graeme are back for another Sunny 16 Extra, this time catching up with two of our favorite people Michelle Parr and Matt Parry from Harman Technology - the company who make all the Ilford Photo things we know and love. 


We talk about the last 12 months and how it affected the supply of Ilford stock, how the recently released Ortho film is doing, and of course the new Ilford Multigrade RC Portfolio paper. 


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Lina Bessonova made a fantastic in depth video review of the new paper, check it out here:



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On this weeks show we've got a gaggle of hosts in one virtual room for a new years catch up, which we recorded on video as well - YouTube link below if you want to watch along! Clare, Ade, John and Graeme talk about recent activities including printing, photobook reading, zine preparations and Gerbil videos - what a week!


We also talk briefly about the Fuji film discontinuation, and the new paper from Ilford.


AND very excitingly, we announce the start of a new round of the Cheap Shots Challenge! Rules below for the forgetful:


Cheap shots Challenge subject  - Cliches


Rules: Use a camera that cost the equivalent of £30/$30 or less (including the lens ideally!)

Submit two images to by the 28th February

Put "Cheap Shots Challenge Cliches" in subject line

Put your name, the camera and film used in the file name for each shot

Tell us the story of your images in your email, and explain why your cliche picture transcends the cliche!


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Useful Links:

John's Patron and subscribe page:


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For this podcast extra Paul Mckay from Analogue Wonderland, primarily to tell us all about the UK Film Photography Community Fund initiative that they've just started and are now taking applications for, but also to bring us up to speed with where film supplies are at the moment.

Find all the relevant information on the UKFPCF here:

You only have until the end of January to get your application in, so don't hang about!

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January 14, 2021

Ep. 231: Cruel Summer

This week we are joined by the pinnacle of 80s pop bands, The Bangles! errr...nope that's not right, but it is the equally inspirational, Dan Bassini.

Talking about his lockdown project that led him to producing 'Cruel Summer', an exploration of his local area and a solo road trip around New England. Using the same compact cameras and his vast experience that he usually applies to creating 'No Invite', a series of photozines about the New York fashion week.



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January 11, 2021

Backing Paper - January 2021

Backing Paper returns for the New Year with a splendid selection of interesting listener emails and nonsense talk from John and Graeme.


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Music is Remortgaging the the nest of hairs by Schnauser, used with permission



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This week we're delighted to welcome back to the show Kilian Idsinga, joining us to talk about the launch of an new Let's Explore magazine, and the call for submissions.


All the links to Let's Explore and Kilian: (this page has the option for people to subscribe to my very occasional newsletter)
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