June 13, 2008

The end of Polaroid

As you probably gathered, the
Polaroid Manipulation
page hasn't been updated for about four years. Partly because I've been experimenting with other photography, but mostly because the film used to manipulate Polaroids (SX-70) has been discontinued.

I experimented late last year with some expired SX-70 film but the results just weren't as vibrant as the ones using the 'fresh' film back in 2003.
Now, Polaroid itself - the iconic instant film - is going the way of the dodo, and it's sad...

There are petitions on Flickr and Facebook to save the Polaroid, but fans are fighting a losing battle.
A deal was hoped to be reached with Ilford who might have been able to take on production of Polaroid film but no agreement was reached.
It is inevitable that digital was going to take over, but sometimes you just want a throwaway image in your hand, or a one-off image that can't be duplicated in its original form. There is something romantic about the Polaroid and it doesn't just appeal to older folk who are used to film.

Presumably some 3rd party will begin making equivalent film as there's certainly a market for it.

Posted by kimgilmour at June 13, 2008 11:26 AM

I never used Polaroid film, but I can see why it was great. It's a shame to see it go, because with it goes a world of creative possibilities and a new load of electro junk is created in obsolete cameras. But I'm not convinced there's a profitable market for the film in 2008. I imagine the costs of creating and selling it are pretty big, and the audience must be tiny. Nobody's using Polaroid as their main camera any more.

Posted by: Sean at June 13, 2008 07:19 PM

There is a dedicated professional market who use medium and large format Polaroids for shoots - they'll be using Fujifilm's instant film for now, I think.

But yes, it would be hard for a manufacturer to turn a profit due to the high production costs - could still be possible though!

Oh well, Polaroid was excellent while it lasted. :)

Posted by: kim at June 15, 2008 03:05 PM

Why doesn't it work with 600 film? I've manipulated my sx-70 to take 600 film. Very curious about this technique!
Lovely results you've had!

Posted by: claudia at June 22, 2008 08:01 PM

Good photos and comments Kim, always look forward to you adding to your webpage.
Too bad about the other "comments"!

andy g

Posted by: andy g at July 6, 2008 09:23 AM