KOSMO Foto Presents – Agent Shadow
If you have been following the Kosmo Foto Instagram feed for the past several days, you’ll see a rather interesting set of images being shared, a tease of something big coming down the pipe. If you recalled, three years ago, Kosmo Foto introduced Kosmo Foto Mono 100, with some of the best box art seen on a film! Harkening back to the Cold War Space Race with an art style of some of the best Soviet propaganda ever produced. But the next release from Kosmo Foto takes us from the stars to the dark rainy streets of a film noir; rain so hard it can wash the anti-halation layer off the toughest film stocks. Welcome to the world of Agent Shadow.
So what exactly is Agent Shadow? According to Kickstarter, Stephen Dowling describes the film stock that comes from a company that is among the most famous names in film making with 150 years of experience. It is an ISO-400 panchromatic traditional B&W film stock. While the box speed is ISO-400, it can be pushed up to ISO-6400! Both fine grain and sharp at box speed. Development times and tested developers will be published when the film ships. The box art is provided by Martin Duncan, the creative being My Mate Does Art. Martin also provided a briefcase special edition case that includes an Agent Shadow Graphic Novella, “The 36 Frames.” The entire look and feel of the box art and novella harken to such Film Noir classics as Stamboul Train by Graham Greene and The Third Man.
Still unsure, don’t worry, the film has been tested by several photographers within the community, such as Roxanna Angles, Anthony Rue, Starla Little, Michael Nguyen, and Stephen Dowling. The Kickstarter is hoping to raise $53,100 (USD) by July 20th 2021. The campaign rewards include four packs of film (including an early bird), the briefcase box (with 5 rolls of film, the case, and the novella), a brick of ten rolls or twenty rolls, a briefcase box with 15 rolls, and an ultimate reward that includes a soviet-era leather briefcase, the Agent Shadow gift box, novella, lots of Agent Shadow film and a 1950s Soviet Rangefinder and lens! If your interest has peeked, you can head over to Kickstarter now and back the project!