A Polaroid Revival. sounds unlikely doesn't it but that's just the plan of The Impossible Project, established in January2009 by a group of businessmen and former employees who have bought a Polaroid factory at Enschede in the Netherlands, in the hope of resuming production of instant film for the existing ownership base of Polaroid owners, by 2010. The name of the company comes from a quote from Edwin Land, the inventor of instant photography and the founder of Polaroid: 'Don't undertake a project unless it is manifestly important and nearly impossible.'
Florian Kaps, the company's Executive Director/Marketing & Business Development, has a great track record in this kind of enterprise. His official company bio says: 'Since his childhood attracted by the exercise of running into the opposite direction, he reacted to the digital revolution by founding a strictly analog company.
This was the Lomographic Society, whose website is awesome. Its an enterprise built around the Russian analog camera - the LOMO LC-A, first launched in 1984.
The site says: Take one good look at a Lomograph and you’ll see that it holds a charm all of its own. Somehow everything is amplified and ordinary objects stand out, enhancing details that would normally go unnoticed. How can this be? We’ve narrowed it down to an ever-changing formula of certain variables like… shadowy vignetting that mysteriously frames the shot, light leaks, grain you could chip a tooth on, the magic of a great lens, deep saturation, just the right amount of contrast... to name but a few. A combination these factors and a healthy touch of the unexpected go into making each Lomograph unique. Essentially, Lomography embraces the element of surprise that only analogue film photography can bring and wholeheartedly celebrates the outcome.'
This multi-exposure lomograph was taken in Singapore by maxpinchers
Finally, Kodak will be discontinuing the production of Kodachrome film later this year, as it now account for less than 1 per cent of the company's sales of still-picture films. Kodak says that 70 per cent of its revenue comes from its retail and commercial digital businesses.
Vintage Kodachrome from the Daily Kos via Neatorama
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