Grainery: The new Instagram for film photographers?

Instagram is dead. Or at least, it is for photographers. Ever since the platform became less about photos and more about reels, photographers have been looking for alternative social media spaces to share their work. Then, something new does pop up. It’s called Grainery, and it caters specifically to film photographers.

In the video above, film photographer Chris Chu shares his insights about this new platform. For those interested in how the posting system works, he also gives a rundown of that as well. However, a fair warning for digital photographers who use film presets. Nope, Grainery isn’t exactly a space for your photos (for now).

If you’re a film photographer looking for a new space to share your work and get discovered, Grainery does look like a promising platform. As Chris mentioned, it does feel great that film photographers are getting this kind of dedicated space, away from the algorithms and distracting reels and ads of Instagram today. But, since the platform is still in its infancy, there’s also a lot to look out for. As of now, the mobile apps are still in the development phase, so members can only post through the website.

So, what do you think? Is Grainery interesting enough for you to join? Is it right to make it an exclusive platform for film photography? Share your thoughts in the comments below, or in our film photography group discussions if you’re already part of the Photofocus Community!