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Monday, February 11, 2008

Very Sad News.

Polaroid is getting out of the Polaroid business. I knew it was coming, but I guess it is finally here...


Blogger Cynthia said...

This is sad. Ink prints just don't compare to the framed shiny surface of a polaroid. I still have my 6x6 polaroid back for my old hassie. I am lucky to have a megastore in town with an antique and classic camera annex, I just don't know how long before the film will be off shelves. Maybe there will be a comeback in the future. Hopefully? There are, after all, retro gramophones, typewriters, not to mention a revolution of fountain pens. I think polaroids, in some form, could still survive, if we make the demand for them. But, then again, we traditionalists are too few to begin with. This news makes me feel really old. I mean, really, how can something become obsolete in my own lifetime?

February 11, 2008 12:11 PM  
Blogger Doug Wilson said...

The end of Polaroid film, I'm afraid, is final. The film is just too expensive to produce and no one really buys the film anymore. Sure, there are people like you and me that realize that nothing can quite match the "realness" of Polaroid film, but we are not enough of a market to force Polaroid to keep losing millions on manufacturing the film. The end is here and I just hope I can buy a few more packs of film before they all go the way of the buffalo...

February 11, 2008 4:36 PM  
Blogger randy said...

Edwin Land really typifies for me the glamorous 1960's entrepreneurial genius. From his fascinating experiments in polarized light and color, to his iconic instant camera.

Remember David Bowie's in Nicolas Roeg's The Man Who Fell to Earth? This is the film in which "Thomas Jerome Newton" uses his alien knowledge to “invent” a series of amazing new products ... including a (somewhat) faster instant camera that produced a whole roll of developed photos, rather than Polaroid's one-at-a-time technology.

I'd say truth, in this case, was stranger and more amazing than fiction. Edwin Land was the real deal.

March 3, 2008 5:27 PM  

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