Demise of the SX-70 film

Things have been exceptionally busy, what with moving, unpacking and not having the internet at home for quite a while due to the re-ordering of the broadband. Nevertheless, I hope to get some decent photographs online as soon as possible. We are still around! I still want to see some of the exhibitions I mentioned earlier, plus there’s the new Jeff Wall exhibition at Tate Modern. Tip: If you’re a subscriber to Time Out you can get 2-for-1 tickets at the V&A for the Chinese photography/Diane Arbus exhibitions by showing your club card.
I heard that Polaroid is stopping the manufacture of the Polaroid SX-70 (Time Zero) film – the ones that hark back to the 1970s, that you can squish around to make those wonderful patterns we did a lot of a couple of years ago. The website says:

“Please be advised that Polaroid will be discontinuing the manufacture of its SX-70 / Time-Zero film within the first 3 months of 2006 due to the phasing out of components used in the production of this film.

“We realise that this is disappointing news for our loyal SX-70 users and we would like to underline that, although the circumstances made it inevitable, it was not an easy decision. We are very sorry for the inconvenience. For customers who would like to continue using their SX-70 camera, we can offer some film alternatives below. However, we do appreciate that these films do not offer the same characteristics as SX-70 / Time-Zero film.”

Apparently, an accident in the manufacturing process means that current supplies cannot be ‘manipulated’ for creative processes. Someone stuffed up big time! “This is an unintended – and unanticipated – consequence of a process change,” Polaroid said. “We understand the passion that the artistic community has for the Creative Uses technique, and want to assure you that we are taking this situation very seriously. We are currently working on possible solutions, though we cannot promise a replacement product. We are very sorry for this situation, and again, are treating it with the utmost urgency. We will post further updates on this site as they become available.”

If they manage to make another normal Polaroid film that can be manipulated, then that would be acceptable to me, but currently it seems really sad! I mean, sure you can do all that stuff in Photoshop. but the whole fun of it was basically physical, to do with squishing it all around. It was different every time, and it also had physical texture to it.