August 30, 2012

Large Format Photography Not Dead Yet

A new large-format, 8×10 instant film will hit the market on August 30, the Impossible Project announced recently.

The film, which contains 10 photos in each pack, is compatible with all 8×10 cameras equipped with a Polaroid film holder, as well as the original Polaroid 8×10 processor, the company said. A single pack will retail for $189.

In 2009, the Enschede, Netherlands-based company announced its project to revive instant film. That same year the group obtained the Polaroid company’s last intact 8×10 instant film production machine and shipped it from Polaroid’s Waltham, Massachusetts factory to their headquarters in the Netherlands.

“At that time it was uncertain whether it would ever be possible to manufacture a new 8×10 film,” Impossible Project founder Florian Kaps said in a statement. Because many of the components that comprised Polaroid’s instant films were no longer available, Impossible’s challenge has been to reengineer these instant films using components they and their partners could manufacture.

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