Monday, June 1, 2009

They're saving the Polaroid!

I sadly do not have a Polaroid camera, but I would have one if film were still made for them. Well, I may just have to buy one soon because there is hope! Someone wants to manufacture film for an instant analog camera in an age of digital instant gratification?! YES!

A beautiful beautiful soul in the Netherlands has taken it upon himself to save Polaroids from extinction. He has acquired an old manufacturing plant where Polaroids were made up until last year when they were discontinued. He has so far collected a team of scientists to help him recreate the chemicals needed for the film (because production of these chemicals was halted years in ago and Polaroid had stockpiled the chemicals instead). So once the chemical processes are refined and the plant is up and running we will once again be able to experience the magic of the Polaroid.

No other cameras truly capture a once in a lifetime moment the way that Polaroids do, and this appreciation for the power of the Polaroid may just save it. So if you have missed them, just be ready to snatch up the film packs when they return triumphantly.

Read the full New York Times article here.


  1. Great angle on the dandelions. I used to like the Polaroid film too. Those pictures had a certain quality different from Kodak or Agfa; softer and more timeless is the way I would describe it.

    The only problem with old Polaroids is the paper starts to separate after ten years or so, but I guess if they were protected they would last longer.

    I hope that Dutch guy is successful in resurrecting the Polaroid type filem.

    BTW, thanks for visiting my blog.

  2. I like the way the colors on a poloroid change with age. They get other-worldly.

  3. I hope too the revival of Polaroid, meanwhile you can experiment with this little program: Poladroid. Greetings from MC.