Friday, August 07, 2009

Found Film: ILFORD Selochrome

This roll was given to me by a local camera shop who hoped that I could get some images from the 40 year old film.
The film as you can see was loose wound and placed in a Kodak Verichrome pan box, then put in a draw and forgotten about by the owner who decided to process it this week!

Having never used Selochrome before and not being able to find much info on the internet regarding developer times I decided to give the film a time of 20 min at 1:50 dilution, 20°c in Agfa Rodinal which I feel is a good low fog developer.
The lady who the film belongs too seemed to think it came from a simple box 'Brownie' camera and from what she tells me about the two girls (her daughters) these images were taken around 1967 judging by their ages.

Although edge fogged due to loose winding and the backing paper has reacted slightly with the film in some way (probably moisture) the images are pretty clear and overall base fog is low enough for either conventional printing or scanning.
Another nice surprise 'Rip Van Winkle' film.

© Photo Utopia 2009


Juznobsrvr said...

wow... what a nice find... btw i really like your blogs... keep it up

P. Horta said...


My "new" camera had inside a ilford selochrome.

I will try to do my best.

Thanks for the tips.

Ashley Pomeroy said...

The second one's bizarrely reminiscent of Robert Capa's shots of D-day. The photos have a fascinatingly textured look.

Andy Wiener said...

Just bought a box brownie from ebay and found a roll of Ilford Selochrome inside, but I opened the back with the film at about frame 8. I quickly rolled the film up. What do you think the chances are of getting a couple of images out of it?

Photo–Smith said...

Hi Andy
I'd say pretty good, the frames already wound on the spool will be OK. Just be gentle with the old stuff when you process-pre wet, plain wash etc
You may be lucky