The Impossible Project - Re-inventing Instant Film
These gorgeous photos are of the currently disused Polaroid factory in the Netherlands, the once home of Instant Integral production. Unfortunately the production of Polaroid Instant Film came to an end in June 2008 with the closure of the above factory and the Mexican, Instant Pack-film factory. It was sad news too many of us who still had, and loved our Polaroid cameras.
However, there maybe light at the end of the tunnel. A team of ex-Polaroid employees, engineers, chemists and technical specialists have embarked on 'The Impossible Project' to re-start the production of analog Integral Film for vintage Polaroid cameras by 2010!
They've already, "acquired the complete film production equipment in Enschede (NL) from Polaroid, has signed a 10-year lease agreement on the factory building; and has engaged the most experienced team of Integral Film experts worldwide". Their aim, "is NOT to re-build Polaroid Integral film but (with the help of strategic partners) to develop a new product with new characteristics, consisting of new optimised components, produced with a streamlined modern setup. An innovative and fresh analog material, sold under a new brand name that perfectly will match the global re-positioning of Integral Films."
What the team need now is the support of the Polaroid loving public to help fund the research and development. Click here to see how you can help.
Images copyright The Impossible Project.