Chances are you have a mate who carries a vintage camera at all times. Spends each weekend wandering aimlessly around the Barbican, photographing leaves and balconies. Would defend their Instagram ‘aesthetic’ with their lives, if it came down to it.

Still, what an Instagram it is! And they’re not alone in their obsession. Driven by a desire to stand out from the brunch crowd and grow their follower count, millions of people have dived into the world of #35mm cameras over the past few years – and needless to say, you want in too.

Well, It’s not as simple as you might think. But who better to start you on your journey than John Wade, author of Retro Cameras: The Collector’s Guide to Vintage Film Photography? No one, that’s who…

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Black & white photography has always been very popular. Many of the most famous photos in history are in black & white, not because colours came later, but mainly because of their artistic value. In fact, there a lot of famous shots made in the second half of the 20th century in black & white.

This trend, however, did not end with the digital photography era: there are still a lot of photographers specialised in portraiture, landscape, and documentary whose work is well known and appreciated all around the world.

To be honest, I think we are very lucky to have a choice, nowadays: we can capture a moment in colour or black & white.