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Edwin Land developed the first instant camera that developed photos on the spot. The camera became known as the Polaroid Land Camera.

Polaroid film goes back on sale

Stuart Miles, Founder and CEO

(Pocket-lint) - Film suitable for Polaroid cameras will go on sale at the end of the month following a 2 year project by two men, who were sad to see Polaroid discontinue it.

Although officially canned by Polaroid, that hasn't stopped a company called the Impossible Project recreating the film in a factory to sell to avid fans once more.

The films, developed with help from Harman Technology, will be available in the UK on 25 March and will cost around £16 for a pack of eight photo sheets.

"We've made the impossible possible" says the founders of the project.

The PX100 has been developed for the SX-70 camera, while the PX6000 will be available for the One series of instant cameras. The films will develop from a blue colour before unveiling the black and white image, as opposed to the original Polaroid film, which started a murky brown/yellow.

The Impossible Project plans to release colour film in the summer this year.

AT CES in January, Polaroid confirmed the return of the Polaroid OneStep instant camera, the PIC 1000, which will be available in a range colours and uses classic Polaroid Color 600 Instant Film to produce the brand's iconic white bordered instant pictures.

Recently Polaroid appointed Lady Gaga to be its creative director, something Lady Gaga is keen to show her love for in her new NSFW video.

The Polaroid Go is the world's smallest instant camera

Max Freeman-Mills, Contributing editor

(Pocket-lint) - Polaroid is pretty much royalty in the instant camera world, at least as far as brand awareness goes. Ask anyone on the street to name an instant camera and there's a good chance they'll go with its well-worn name.

It's a more competitive market than it seems, though, and while Polaroid still has some great modern instant cameras, there's always room for improvement in a world where Fujifilm just keeps on making great Instax alternatives.

Now, Polaroid has debuted the Polaroid Go - the new world's smallest instant camera, and a great-looking little bit of tech. It's just 10.5 cm long, 8.4 cm wide, and 6.1 cm tall, which is a long way of saying that's it's genuinely tiny.

It packs bespoke miniature Polaroid film to go with the new form-factor, too, making it a clear competitor to the smaller Instax format that has served Fujifilm so brilliantly.

The camera has a few standard tricks up its sleeve, too: a new selfie mirror to make framing shots easier, a self-timer, dynamic flash, and the option of double exposure, which always looks great on instant film.

The camera is on pre-sale today, and available fully on April 27, for £109.99, with a double pack of film coming it at £18.99.

Kodak heavily marketed the Brownie camera to children. Its ads, which ran in popular magazines rather than just trade journals, also included what would soon become a series of popular Brownie characters, elf-like creatures created by Palmer Cox. Children under the age of 15 were also urged to join the free Brownie Camera Club, which sent all members a brochure on the art of photography and advertised a series of photo contests in which kids could earn prizes for their snapshots.

In just the first year after introducing the Brownie, the Eastman Kodak Company sold over a quarter of a million of its little cameras. However, the small cardboard box did more than just help make Eastman a rich man. It forever changed the culture. Soon, handheld cameras of all sorts would hit the market, making possible vocations like photojournalist and fashion photographer, and giving artists yet another medium with which to express themselves. These cameras also gave everyday people an affordable, accessible way to document the important moments of their lives, whether formal or spontaneous and preserve them for future generations.

Isaac Newton discovers that white light is composed of different colors.

Johann Heinrich Schulze discovered that silver nitrate darkened upon exposure to light.

First Panorama opens, the forerunner of the movie house invented by Robert Barker.

Joseph Niepce achieves first photographic image using an early device for projecting real-life imagery called a camera obscura. However, the image required eight hours of light exposure and later faded.

Louis Daguerre's first daguerreotype, an image that was fixed and did not fade and needed under thirty minutes of light exposure.

First American patent issued in photography to Alexander Wolcott for his camera.

William Henry Talbot patents the Calotype process, the first negative-positive process making possible the first multiple copies.

The first advertisement with a photograph is published in Philadelphia.

Frederick Scott Archer invented the Collodion process so that images required only two or three seconds of light exposure.

Panoramic camera, called the Sutton, is patented.

Oliver Wendell Holmes invents stereoscope viewer.

Photographs and photographic negatives are added to protected works under copyright law.

Richard Leach Maddox invented the gelatin dry plate silver bromide process, which means negatives no longer had to be developed immediately.

Eastman Dry Plate Company is founded.

George Eastman invents flexible, paper-based photographic film.

Reverend Hannibal Goodwin patents celluloid photographic film.

First mass-marketed camera, called the Brownie, goes on sale.

The 1970s brought some big moments for Polaroid. It launched its SX-70 Land camera, which was a folding SLR instant camera. Polaroid also launched the SX-70 Land film which automatically develops in daylight. 5,000 units of the SLX-70 were produced a day just to keep up with the demand for this awesome bit of kit!

The OneStep was also launched just five years later than the SX-70, in 1977. Shortly after it was debuted the OneStep became the best-selling camera in America. Polaroid had done it again.

In 1981 the Sun Autofocus 660 and the Sun 640 cameras were launched. They took 600 High Speed colour Land film, which at the time was the world’s fastest instant colour print film.

Five years later, in 1986, the Spectra System was introduced. It had six different switches on the back, and allowed users to select options regarding autofocus, flash, and even whether to allow the camera to make noises. This was Polaroid’s most advanced photographic system to date.

In 1992 the Polaroid Captiva camera and film system came out. This was a compact format designed for instant portraits.

Fast foward another two years and the Polaroid OneStep Express was reissued, with some changes. It now featured a rounded body and various colour options. The best-selling OneStep had had an upgrade.

Just two years later, in 1999 Polaroid brought out the Polaroid iZone. This was an instant pocket-sized camera and also came in a range of colours. Fitting perfectly in your pocket the iZone came in a range of colours and printed super small prints which soon became very popular. We all love mini Polaroid prints, right?

Polaroid's new $299 Instagram camera goes on pre-sale

Fans of the iconic instant camera company can now pre-order its latest product: A camera that instantly posts photos to social networks.

The $299 "Socialmatic" camera connects to the Internet via Wi-Fi or piggybacks on your mobile phone connection over Bluetooth. Polaroid's new camera runs Android, and it can instantly post photos to Instagram, Facebook ( FB ) , Twitter ( TWTR ) , Pinterest or any other social network that has an Android App on the Google ( GOOGL ) Play Store.

In a sign of the times, the 14-megapixel camera has a 2-megapixel camera on the back for all your selfie needs.

Polaroid's Socialmatic Instagram camera is now available for pre-sale for $299.

And for the true Polaroid experience, the Socialmatic instantly prints two-inch by three-inch photos directly from the camera. The instant prints use a more modern technology than Polaroid's famous instant film (no shaking required). The camera can also include a 2-D "QR" barcode on the corner of the photos it prints so you can easily track them online.

Polaroid's new camera will hit store shelves in January.

The Socialmatic is just the latest of Polaroid's many attempts at a comeback. In September, it started selling a tiny HD cube-shaped video camera that covers roughly the same surface area as a quarter. The Polaroid Cube is basically a super-cheap ($99) consumer-friendly GoPro ( GPRO ) . Reviews have been very mixed.

Polaroid went bankrupt in 2011 and effectively went out of business in 2007 when it stopped making cameras. The company was bought out of bankruptcy in 2010 by two venture capital firms that are aiming to revitalize the brand.

Polaroid doesn't actually make anything anymore: It hired a white-label manufacturing company to build the products and slap the Polaroid name on it.

In the past several years, Polaroid has brought several products to market, including cameras, printers, tablets and TVs. The company even named Lady Gaga as its creative director, and developed a line of co-branded products in 2010.

When instant photography became as simple as pushing a button. Relive the trends of the ‘80s, ‘90s, and ‘00s with our cult favorite 600 series cameras.

Polaroid 600 Square Instant Camera

The 600 Square Starter Set

The 600 Square Travel Set

The camera that made the instant photography we love today possible. The world’s first instant single lens reflex (SLR) camera that folds down to fit into your jacket pocket. Almost.

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Polaroid SX󈛪 Autofocus Instant Camera - Silver-Black

Polaroid SX‑70 Starter Set

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Polaroid Instant Cameras

Take aim with a brand new Polaroid camera and fall for the magic of analog instant photography all over again. Try out your artista skills using the latest Polaroid camera, like the Polaroid Now i-Type instant camera available in a range of bold and bright, expressive colors to match your mood. Or opt for throwback ‘70s design with the iconic OneStep Plus, available as a classic black Polaroid camera or updated white Polaroid camera edition. Can’t get enough of that analog life? Meet a faithful vintage original Polaroid camera you never knew you loved, like the 600 Polaroid camera series featuring fully refurbished models from the ‘80s, ‘90s and ‘00s. From music to fashion, pop culture and more, these retro original Polaroid cameras speak a style language all of their own. The SX-70 is a bona fide piece of Polaroid history and the world’s first SLR Polaroid instant camera. Discover yours today in a choice of subtle and sophisticated colorways. Ready to play with your new Polaroid camera? Test your creativity with different scenes and modes, on different days and shooting with plenty of natural light (or alternatively, a handy flash). Be ready to catch all the action when adventure strikes, wherever it takes you, with your favourite Polaroid instant camera and a good supply of fresh, chilled Polaroid instant film. Need a bag or a strap for your Polaroid camera? Browse the full range of Polaroid accessories including photo albums, merch, and more official Polaroid camera or printer accessories.

Polaroid Archives Provide Snapshot of History

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Judy Woodruff:

Finally tonight: When it comes to photography, we're all pretty much living in the Insta world. We want our pictures now or never.

Many think it was Polaroid that set us on that path with its first revolutionary camera dating back to 1947.

The museum at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is now telling the story of how the Polaroid era began, and the artists who were there to make it happen.

Special correspondent bow Jared Bowen of public media station WGBH Boston reports.

It's part of our ongoing series on arts and culture, Canvas.

Jared Bowen:

For Ansel Adams, it answered the call of the wild. Chuck Close used it to get up close and personal. William Wegman thought it was horseplay.

It was the Polaroid camera. And when it came to photography, it changed everything.

William Ewing:

You can see around me on the walls all kinds of surfaces and all kinds of ways of manipulating the materials.

I think, probably, it drove some of the engineers at Polaroid mad, because the artists were just ignoring the rules and just making it up.

Jared Bowen:

Here at the MIT Museum in Cambridge, Massachusetts, just a few blocks away from where the Polaroid camera was invented, are decades of Polaroids.

Virtually from the day it was born, artists were given cameras and film to experiment, says curator William Ewing, starting with Ansel Adams.

William Ewing:

He was the bait. Ansel gets very excited at times. He said, oh, you should use it. They should use it in the theater. You should use it in astronomy. He gets really excited.

Jared Bowen:

The Polaroid camera bypassed the entire process of developing film. For the first time ever, artists had an immediate look at their work.

William Ewing:

It was a very small thing you could hold in the hand, but you had to participate in the making of the picture. The thing whirred and clicked. The picture came out and developed slowly. And that was described as magic.

Deborah Douglas:

I'm going to take a picture now, Jared.

Jared Bowen:

Do you want me to pose for you?

Deborah Douglas:

Deborah Douglas:

And it's going to take probably 20 full minutes, but that blue sheet is the opacification, and in a couple of minutes, this will emerge. So I'm going to take&hellip

Jared Bowen:

Deborah Douglas:

I know. It's not an instant at all.

Jared Bowen:

Deborah Douglas is the purveyor of Polaroid at the MIT Museum. The pioneer, though, was Edwin Land, owner of an innovation lab who conceived of an instant camera in 1943 and launched it into top-secret development.

Deborah Douglas:

It's called SX-70, S for secret, X for experimental, and 70 because that's the number. It could have been 68, 69, 71, 72.

Jared Bowen:

The camera was an ingenious combination of mechanics and chemistry.

Deborah Douglas:

All the little molecules are going around, and it says, oh, I need a red one here, a yellow one here, a blue one here, and just like your television that can combine red, green, blue on your screen and miraculously create the full spectrum.

Jared Bowen:

The first Polaroid went on sale in Boston the day after Thanksgiving, 1948. It sold out in hours.

Deborah Douglas:

Land didn't actually believe in marketing. He was even skeptical of his own company's efforts in that front.

He said, you just have to have a feel for this. This proved, by the way, very influential to a generation of entrepreneurs, most notably, Steve Jobs and Apple.

Jared Bowen:

Well we're sitting on this floor right now that we would all recognize, wouldn't we?

Deborah Douglas:

Yes, there's a rainbow stripe. And so it's not coincidental that the first Apple logos are rainbow stripes. That is an intentional homage to Edwin Land.

Jared Bowen:

Of course, the cool quotient came from the artists, who were given cameras and film to take the technology wherever they wanted.

It freed you up from all those chemicals and the processes in the labs and everything else. You could control it all yourself.

Jared Bowen:

Artist Tom Norton had his go at Polaroid in the early 1980s.

It's a vertical format. And I didn't want that. I want dancers to be jumping left-right. And so the only way to do that is to have a mirror system, so I made a mirror system that the camera was actually facing sideways.

Jared Bowen:

Elsa Dorfman would use the Polaroid for portraiture. With Polaroid, Andy Warhol could be even more prolific. And Barbara Crane could revel in color.

William Ewing:

These people felt they were part of a community. They weren't alone. So, you didn't just do your photographs, bring them to Polaroid, and forget about them. They would enter into the collection.


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