Robert Burley has just published a new book of photography, and the subject matter is poignant, it’s called The Disappearance of Darkness: Photography at the End of the Analog Era (Princeton Architectural Press). There’s a selection of the photos from the book to view here as part of a CNN feature:
Since 2005, Burley has been documenting what he sees as the demise of analog photography in the transition to the digital age.
He started the project after discovering the Kodak Canada complex in his native Toronto was being shut down in response to the drop in the demand for film.
“I soon realized that Kodak Canada, now long gone, was the tip of the iceberg,” he says. “Over the next five years all of the photographic companies found themselves in an economic free fall, and most came crashing to the ground.” […]
“To some degree, photographing these factories was like absorbing the death of a close, older relative: surprising, shocking, very sad, but at the same time – inevitable,” he says.
“We know nothing is forever, and this is one of the principle reasons we make photographs.”