Dua Lipa
Dua Lipa, shooting her Olympus Mju (Pic: Dua Lipa/Instagram)

Pop stars coming back home have priorities just like the rest of us.

Dua Lipa, the British pop star behind chart-swallowing hits like ‘New Rules’, doesn’t see as much of her London home as she used to.

On Monday she posted on Instagram a picture of her shooting on an Olympus Mju compact and made it pretty clear what number one on her to-do list was now she was back: “Landed in London with a bunch of film to develop… “

Lipa is one of a clutch of music stars to recently fly the flag for film, alongside rappers Drake and Frank Ocean (shooting on the ultra-trendy Contax T2 and T3 respectively) aswell as ex-White Stripes frontman Jack White, who recently opened a film lab in Nashville.

The emoji at the end of Lipa’s post suggests she needs recommendations for labs, so Kosmo Foto’s pen tried-and-trusted recommendations are:

  • Bayeux – one of London’s best pro-level labs on Newman St, just off Oxford Street.
  • Analogue Films – a brand new lab which opened just a few weeks ago in Shoreditch, and quickly a firm face with you photographers.
  • West End Cameras – they used to have a shop on Tottenham Court Road, now online-only. Perfect results for those shooting cheap, cheerful or chic compacts.

(Kosmo Foto also knows where Lipa can pick up a half-decent black-and-white film too…)

We’re aware that choice of lab is entirely subjective, of course, and there could be any number of other labs worth trying – so if you have a favourite, leave a comment below.

Stephen Dowling
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Adrian
Adrian
11 months ago

Black and white and colour film developing and scanning and black and white printing is available on line from Harman (producers of Ilford film) at harmanlab.com