Today I saw a sign about the Impossible Project in the main window of an Urban Outfitters store on Broadway near NYU.
It's interesting to consider whether instant prints will appeal to the target market of Urban Outfitters. On the one hand, Polaroid is funky and retro and instant prints are inherently cool, but if it's about taking photos at a party or with your friends and exchanging them instantly, that's not hard to do, I suppose (as someone who doesn't even have a cellphone, let alone one with a camera), with a cellphone cam, and scanning adds a technical barrier to posting instant photos on the internet.
I conducted an interview with Dr. Florian Kaps in the September issue of CiM. Here's the link to the Lulu storefront.
The Impossible Project - Polaroid Film & Cameras
So I've been following the impossible project, as I'm sure some of you have as well (www.theimpossibleproject.com).
It sounds like things are going well, and Urban Outfitters has joined forces with them. They say film will be for sale in early 2010.... let's hope!
So my question is, any ideas which films they will end of making? I have never shot with Polaroid, and have no familiarity with the different types, sizes, formats, etc.
My motivation for this post is to determine what would be an ideal camera to purchase now, before the film becomes available, and before, presumably, the old cameras start fetching higher prices due to the higher demand.
Any comments or links to websites would be greatly appreciated.
What camera would you recommend? Quality optics, focusing, manual controls are desirable (in that order of importance).
There has been a long discussion going one here discussing technical details of this project.
Anyway, they intend to make an integral film pack. So in case you have got an SX-70 at hand you will be fine.
They stated they are planning to make packs for SX-70, 600 and Spectra.
Furthermore they stated to work on a new camera themselves.
Awesome, thank you. I guess I probably could've read that myself from the website. Sorry!
Now that you mention it, I do remember them mentioning designing a new camera. That could be very cool....
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Keep in mind that it is all about intentions.
Things could turn out differently. There may be no new film at all. Or they succeed and make something proprietory for that new camera.
I feel the need to clarify this in every thread: Urban Outfitters has nothing to do with the "Impossible Film", they are only selling old stock of Polaroid cameras and film at a rip-off price to urban hipsters. I would expect the first packs "Impossible Film" to be sold via the closely related polapremium.com.
The cameras are next to worthless. I have 4. Actually I need a spectra...speaking of which off to flea bay!
When I read that they "produced their first stable image" I decided that it was no longer a hoax.
They have also as of August acquired the machinery and materials for the 8x10 films. They predict being in production in 2010.
bjp interview here: http://www.bjp-online.com/public/sho...ml?page=867790
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