My name is Adam Roe, I grew up in Brookyln but the last decade has seen me and my cameras living throughout both the U.S. and Europe. I've been doing photography for longer than I can remember. My aunt gave me my first manual camera when I was 10, and by the time I was twelve I had convinced my parents to set a darkroom up in the house. As a teenager I jumped into the world of professional photography, interning for photographers, working at a stock photography agency, doing portraits and weddings. I left New York in 2003 for a brief stay at Bard College, after which I found myself in Boston at Northeastern University, studying photography and physics. While remaining a part of the photography community there, I focused on physics and wound up doing a PhD, researching particle phyiscs at CERN in Geneva. My stint in academia came to an end with the decision to move to Berlin in 2012 and work as a photographer again. Some of my more recent photojournalism and other photography can be seen here.
Analog photography has always been - and still is - my passion. No place I've lived in has felt like home without a darkroom. Film has a beauty which can only be approximated by digital photography. I believe it still has a place in today's world, for hobby photography, for fine art, and for pedagogy. I use strange old cameras as much as possible. I appreciate that people react differently to the eighty-something-year-old Rolleiflex which used to belong to my grandfather than they do to a modern digital camera. In 2011 I did finally get my first digital camera, but only after seeing the results of advanced printing methods which mimic the analog process, using lasers to expose real photographic paper. In practice, I work with both analog and digital photography.
We all know Berlin is special, but it is particularly special for the film photographer like me. The art of black-and-white analog photography is alive and well here. We have stores like Fotoimpex and the recent addition Louis Nicéphore, which support analog photography. We have shops all over the place where we can buy and repair analog cameras like ASA90. Of course, we have a city full of galleries and photo schools where we can see and learn photography in general. In creating Analog Photography Berlin, I hope to add something to the landscape of photography in Berlin: lessons which focus on analog photography, starting from the introductory level and going as high up as one can. The lab where students learn is a community-style darkroom called StattLab. After learning the basics, students can choose to join the space and continue sharpening their analog skills. I hope to see you there!