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NEWS: #FP4Party – A party to celebrate ILFORD FP4 PLUS film – By Sandeep

February 24, 2020

So you have got this far hoping to find out the venue, date and time.  You want to know is it a DJ or live band playing?  What’s the dress code you ask?  Can you get on the guestlist?  Well, here I am to tell you all about the world’s largest celebration of a photographic film.  No wait, don’t go! Hear us out first.

It all started back in August 2016 following a conversation on Twitter by EM from and some other photographers who were sharing images and discussing their love of ILFORD’s FP4 PLUS.

This quickly escalated into a new social media account on twitter (@FP4Party) and the opportunity to shoot some rolls of FP4 PLUS over a week and then share them on Twitter to celebrate our love of this sometimes forgotten film stock.

This has now escalated to a full-blown party celebration and it is into its 4th year now.

The next party is coming in March 2020 and the premise is straight forward:

Shoot a roll or rolls of ILFORD FP4 PLUS over the week beginning March 2nd – March 8th 2020.

You can use any film format including the highly elusive 120mm, and it can be fresh or expired versions, PLUS or the older no-PLUS.

Develop or get a lab to develop your film(s) over the week March 9 – March 15 2020

And then share your images during the week of March 16 – March 22 2020.

At the current time of writing the images can only be shared on Twitter (please use the #FP4Party tag and also tag the account @FP4Party) or on the Negative Positives Podcast’s Facebook group (again, please use the #FP4Party tag).

The Judges will then select our favourite images each day and put them to a public vote and each daily winner will then go up against each other in a best of the best finale that you the viewer can decide which you like the best.

You might now be thinking why bother? What is in it for me?  Well, you would be right that aside from the kudos of possibly having your image make the voting rounds and maybe even winning (there is no prize).

The real joy and fun comes from participation.  It’s a healthy place, with lots of film photographers supporting each other and having fun.  We don’t take ourselves too seriously.  You will be able to connect with lots of film photographers you may not even have known about and enjoy it.

The main part that really makes it special is the images that you all share.  You will get to see and learn all the different ways ILFORD FP4 PLUS can be shot.  What is looks like pulled, pushed or shot at box speed.  How it reacts to filters, different developers and in different formats.

As the main title suggests, this is a celebration of ILFORD FP4 PLUS film so why not head over and come celebrate with us?

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  • Reply
    Terry B
    February 24, 2020 at 6:50 pm

    120mm? No, no, no. When will film users learn there’s no such thing. It’s 120 film, pure and simple.

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      February 24, 2020 at 6:52 pm

      Hehe, you’ve fallen foul of a in joke there Terry 😉

      • Reply
        Terry B
        February 25, 2020 at 5:33 pm

        Hamish, obviously not my brand of humour. Give me Morecambe and Wise any day. 😛😛

  • Reply
    Nigel Haycock
    February 27, 2020 at 12:15 am

    Sadly I am neither a user of FB groups or Twitter; IG and Flickr, yes

  • Reply
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    March 11, 2020 at 6:53 pm

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  • Reply
    Film Friday: Ilford FP4 in 120 – Photographic Jannine
    March 20, 2020 at 12:31 pm

    […] format (also known as medium format). I chose this particular film to coincide with this month’s #FP4Party, where film photographers shoot, process and share results using that film on […]

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