The True Lives of Millennials, Captured on Film

By Brada - 8 min read

Young photographers are expressing themselves with the photo technology of decades past. Let’s take a look.

“I just wanna do my thing”
― Amy Winehouse

Millennials have a bad reputation. Older generations often consider them self-involved and passive, more likely to consume than to create.

It’s easy to see where the idea originates: The first generation to grow up in a digitized world has unique ways of communication, takes selfies, enthusiastically shares branded messages. But these facts also make it one of the most misunderstood age cohorts in recent history: Just because it behaves differently, it’s no less creative.

low angle view

By lorenza d’alessio

real people

By James Greenhalgh

Low section of woman standing outdoors

By Ian Johnson

In fact, millennials are turning out to be a creative force in photography. Not only have they refined taking digital photography, they’ve also defined the genre of mobile photography. And surprisingly, they’ve embraced a legacy technology at the same time: Film.


By Gezeko Analogique

Cropped hands of person holding guitar

By Katie Fitch

one person

By Artur Tavares

“Film is a medium less for recording situations and more for artistically seeing the world”, an EyeEm community member recently explained to us. Taking analog pictures stands in harsh contrast to the fast pace characterizing the digital world – and produces pictures that appear more lifelike than their slick digital equivalents.

Here on EyeEm, we’ve seen a steady stream of film photos being uploaded to our platform – a reflection of this new wave in photography as well as a growing appetite for the look among image buyers.

But first and foremost, these photos show that there’s more to millennials than what meets the eye. Just like the generations before them, they are looking for ways to express themselves – and by choosing film to do it, they’re balancing out the pace of technological progress that dominates our age.

View of coastline from observation point

By jrobertblack

Portrait of young woman with tattoo

By SumL

Young woman wearing laundry basket in laundromat

By IfYouLeave

Close-up of ice cream

By YuKi C

By Alina Potapenko

amusement park

By Nuchylee

Side view of thoughtful woman leaning on pole against clear sky during sunset

By Miccaaa

High angle view of cat sleeping next to photo of itsefl

By Yelitza

Cropped image of woman eye

By Nikos

Low section of woman lying on bed at home

By Ryutaro Inami

Woman lying on the ground

By Melissa Fernandes

Collage of guitar with photographer and sea

By ササキ ユウ

Double exposure of friends and rocky shore

By Fiona

Woman jumping on beach

By Natalie Lunt


By Jarema Drozdowicz

one person

By Lashafox

one animal

By Linas Vaitonis


By Fabio Picarelli

one person

By Nicolas Lonewolf

Firework display at night

By binbinnnn

real people

By Jan

Header image by @Nikos.

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