We've really been looking forward to sharing this week's In Focus interview with you. We've been long time followers of Tyler's work and were thrilled when he agreed to take part in this series. As described by Allie Evans 'He makes you feel like the impossible is always possible'.

Section 1 - Background

Share your favourite image / print shot on ILFORD film and tell us what it means to you?

I shared this image because it is one that without Ilford I would have never made, I fell in love with black and white film all over again when I started using Delta and that film stock inspired and entire series for me. There is no better feeling that seeing something in your head and executing exactly what you imagined.

Image by Tyler Shields on ILFORD Delta film

Just in case anyone doesn’t know who you are or what you do can you give us the overview?

My name is Tyler Shields I am a photographer. Director. Writer. I live in Los Angeles, photography is the love of my life.

How and why did you get started shooting film?

I am a results based person and as much as I understand digital makes things easy film gives me quality detail heart and soul that I have never achieved with digital, I make large prints and have over 23 galleries around the world and if I put a film image up next to a digital image the film image sells every time before the digital so I gave up on digital a long time ago and have not looked back. Also the process I really love it makes you choose, when I load Ilford film into my camera I have an intention I know exactly what I want to make, there is a freedom to that, which digital does not provide.

Who has been your biggest photographic inspiration to date?

Newton, Penn, Avedon, to name a few.

What is the best piece of photography tip or advice you have ever received?

Use a light meter.

What film photography related projects are you currently working on (or are in the pipeline)?

I have a series right now which is being shot completely on Ilford called Silhouettes, A series of 8 by 10 portraits and I am also working on a series of large scale productions we just built a massive 40 by 40 foot set to achieve the look, I normally have 5-10 projects going at once as some take longer then others to build or set up.

What / where is your next shoot and how do you decide what film / kit you will use?

The next shoot is a Silhouette of horses and it will be a Deardorff 8 by 10 with Delta, I love this set up as it gives me the most detail of any black and white and any camera I have ever used.

What are your photographic goals going forward?

My goal is always to be the best I can be to challenge my self and to carve out my small piece of art history. I know that probably sounds crazy but we must aim for the stars even if we land on the moon.

Section 2 - Shout outs

We all need a bit of inspiration and love so this is your chance to tell the community about yours – from the film photographers whose work inspires you, the labs you trust with your film, your ‘go to’ film photography stockists, your favourite community darkrooms or just anyone in the community who you feel deserves a special mention.

Give a shout out to your 3 favourite film photographers currently active on IG or Twitter and briefly tell us why others should follow them.




Give a shout out to your favourite photography YouTube channels (apart from the @ilfordphoto one).

Mike Gray has an amazing channel, Film Supply Club is great, and Matt Day I always enjoy.

Give a shout out to your favourite photographic retailers (name, location and website).

The Icon is my lab in Los Angeles without them I could not do what I do. Samys Camera always takes care of me

Give a shout out to your favourite lab service, if you have one, (name, location, website).

THE ICON Los Angeles.

Section 3 - Favourite kit

What film cameras do you own and which is your favourite? (Please send us a picture of it if you can).

Hasselblad 503 cw if my favorite.


Aside from your camera, lenses and film what accessories make it into your camera bag?

Zeiss lens wipes and a Milky Way bar.

What is the best piece of photography kit you have found or been gifted?

I was gifted a rare Leica by my best friend Lydia Hearst for Christmas a few years ago.

As this is an ILFORD interview it would be remiss of us not to ask about your favourite ILFORD products. Tell us you favourite ILFORD film, paper or chems and why?

Ilford Multigrade FB Classic, Ilford Multigrade Fiber Base Warmtone Photo Paper.  Delta 100 120, 4 by 5 and 8 by 10.  Delta 3200 35 and 120. HP5 all day any day.

And finally…

  1. Nominate one other person you think should fill in this form and we will reach out to them

Ryan Muirhead

All Images ©Tyler Shields