The qualities found in instant films are comforting, and those that use this film to create their works of art revel in these qualities. The comforts come from the soft mystery that appears over time or whenever the film is peeled apart. This is immensely satisfying, and we shiver with excitement at the results brought forth. Coupling this by capturing stunning light has created a beauty that is unrivaled in the photographic spectrum. As mentioned in the call, content is king, and the submissions have truly presented royalty.

Using the right light for the image is not only a conversation, but a celebration. And is that not what we as photographers and artists strive for more than anything else? Making photographs with instant film in this way requires imagination, finesse, and a keen eye. I’d asked for images with content that were complimented by the use of instant film, and I was simply dazzled by the use of light found in them. Everyone that sent in images from their hearts, minds, and souls have done a superb job at making the selection process as difficult as possible. If I’d had the option to include them all, I would have. You have inspired and motivated me to investigate further, to see what more you continue to bring, and overwhelmed me with your art. I humbly that you for that.

Presented here in this Conversation with Light are the 35 selections whittled down from an immense gallery of images that covered all genres. I am proud and honored to have been involved in this process, and I hope that you enjoy viewing these photographs as much as I do.

-Michael Kirchoff



Michael Kirchoff straddles the worlds of both commercial and fine art photography. A commercial shooter for twenty-five years, it is his fine art work that has set him apart from others, with instant film and toy camera images fueling more than a few bodies of work. His consulting, training, and overall support of his fellow photographic artist continues with assistance in constructing ones vision, reviewing portfolios, and finding exhibition opportunities, which fill the gaps in time away from active shooting. In addition, Kirchoff spent ten years (2006-2016) on the Board of the American Photographic Artists in Los Angeles, producing artist lectures, business, and inspirational events for the community. Currently, he is also an Editor at Blur Magazine, curating work for the international digital publication.

Kirchoff’s fine art imagery has garnered recognition from the IPA Awards, the Prix de la Photographie in Paris,  Photographers Forum, and Critical Mass. His photographs have been published in Black & White (U.S.), Black & White (U.K.), Seities, Esquire (Russia), New Statesman, Blur, Harpers, Adore Noir, Fraction, SHOTS, Diffusion Annual, and Lenscratch. Kirchoff also continues to exhibit his prints internationally in both group and solo exhibitions, including an upcoming one-person exhibit at the Griffin Museum of Photography in 2018.

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We are excited to announce that our 3rd online group exhibition, About Self, will be curated by Dee Elegia! The deadline for submission is 10/15/17. Visit next month's group exhibition page for all of the details!