This year I decided to explore the world of film photography, Photo Argentique in French. I have always been interested in learning how to develop my own photos in a dark room, and play with the medium of film. In Paris, film photography is becoming popular again there are many places to take classes/workshops, buy film, and labs to develop them. The classes can be a bit expensive, but I found a place where they are pretty affordable at the Centre de Animation Rebeval in Belleville. The class is once a week for 3 hours, and the price is calculated in function of how much you make, I paid 370€ compared to 1,000€ at a photography school.
In the class you have access to all the material you need, you just have to buy your own film, and paper to print your photos. It wasn’t until I signed up that I realized film photography is a rather expensive hobby with each film costing around 5-6€, paper around 60€ for 100 sheets. But I truly love my class. Now I just prefer to spend money on a roll of film versus going out for coffee or out to eat. In any case here are some great addresses I have discovered so far to get film supplies, and labs to develop negatives.
Supplies (film, paper, chemicals)
If you walk down Boulevard Beaumarchais anywhere between Republique and Bastille you will find pretty much everything you need related to film on this street. It was once called Boulevard de la Photo because there are tons and tons of photography shops on this street that sell used and new cameras, supplies, and do camera repairs. The places can be a little pricey, but you are sure to find everything you need on that street.
This is where I get all my supplies, the prices are one of the cheapest in Paris and they have a large selection of papers, camera accessories, films and film paper.
Address: 126 Bd Sérurier, 75019 Paris
There is a whole new vocabulary to learn with film photography. It helps to know what you want to do at the lab. I go to the lab to develop my negatives, so I don’t have to do it myself. In that case when I drop my film off at the lab I usually do “développement seul”, and I do my own contact sheets and printing on my own. Here is some basic vocabulary for dropping your film at the lab
Développement seul– negatives developed only (no contact sheet, no scan)
Développement et Scan– negatives developed plus a CD with a scanned copy of your photos
Développement et tirages de lecture– negatives developed plus small prints of each photo to better see what they look like.
*Note*: All the prices provided below are based on black and white film
1. Processus, is located near Pere Lachaise Cemetery and it was recommended by my photography teacher. They are good at developing film, as well as prints. The normal delay to get your film back is about 1 day.
Addresss:163 Rue de la Roquette, 75011 Paris
Prices: Development seul: 5.60€, Développement et Scan- 12€
2.Picto– I haven’t tried this lab yet but it was recommended by a friend in photography school, and it is located on the same street as Processus.
Address: 53 bis rue de la Roquette, 75011
3. Negatif Plus +, is a printing lab for small and large size prints, they also have a dedicated lab for film development and printing not too far from Gare de l’est.
Address: 108 Rue la Fayette, 75010 Paris
Price: Development seul: 6€, Développement et Scan- 11€,Développement et tirages de lecture-11€
4. PCP Photographie is a professional photography studio and lab located near Guy Moquet. It is a bit more expensive than the other labs but it is conveniently located if you live in the area.
Address: 258 rue Marcadet, 75018
Price: Développement seul-8.50€
What camera do you like to shoot with? What are some of your other film photography spots in Paris?