Film photography is back — if for only a day — this Saturday in Yaletown.

Sixty local photographers will be put to the task of capturing different elements of the city based on secret themes announced every hour at the Vancouver 12x12 Photo Marathon.

Photographers are expected to produce one image per hour for 12 hours beginning at 8 a.m.

The event will be headquartered at Blenz Coffee on Helmcken Street.

The marathon is the brainchild of Burnaby resident Morten Rand-Hendriksen.

“We chose film because we wanted to replicate a true to life feeling for photographers of the past,” he said.

Rand-Hendriksen moved from Norway in 2002. “There is just so much talent here,” he said. “I just wanted to reach out to all the photographers and bring them together.”

Tickets went on sale this past Monday and sold out that day. Rand-Hendriksen was expecting around 40 participants, but sold the maximum of 60 tickets within hours.

“I’m still getting emails from people who want to participate but we just can’t accommodate more,” he said. “The response has been crazy.”

Photos from the event will be displayed in a gallery showing on Jan. 16 as well as on the Internet at the Blenz online gallery.

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