The lightning progress of technology has relegated these spaces to a time long gone, yet their allure, and that of the alchemic process that took place in them, remains. Since 2003, Campeau has criss-crossed the globe visiting studios in Toronto, Mexico, Tokyo, Niamey, Ho Chi Minh City... the list is endless.
Photographic Darkroom/Photogenic Obsolescence is a poetic title for his latest tribute to analogue photography.

"My project, built on an observation of the decline of silver-based photography, took as its central object the dark room, rapidly deserted because of the phenomenal growth in computer technologies," says Campeau. "Both an actor in and a witness of this pivotal period in the history of art and photography, caught between analogue and digital processes, I wished to record the iconic nature of these post-industrial ruins and the remains strewn among them."

Campeau, born in Montreal in 1948, has a worldwide reputation, and his works have been exhibited extensively, including at the New York Photo Festival in Brooklyn and Les Rencontres d’Arles in France.

In the words of British photographer, Martin Parr, "Most photographers have spent hours and days in that peculiar environment known as the dark room. Campeau’s photographs show the passing of an era. As digital production takes hold to a greater and greater extent, we will look back at these images and mourn the dark room’s passing."

 

Photographic Darkroom/Photogenic Obsolescence
Authors: Michel Campeau, Olivier Asselin, Serge Tisseron

Artists: Michel Campeau
Designed by Studio Feed, Montréal, Québec

Hardcover
24 x 30 cm
144 pages
108 color ills 

Available in English/French

ISBN 978-3-86828-432-4 
Euro 39,90 
2013
Published by Kehrer Verlag, Germany
Euro 39,90 (2013)

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book cover

 
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A dark room in Niamey, Niger, from Michel Campeau’s The Demise of the Dark Room series

 
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A dark room in Niamey, Niger, from Michel Campeau’s The Demise of the Dark Room series

 
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A dark room in Brussels, from Michel Campeau’s The Demise of the Dark Room series