Instant joy

August 21, 2008


Good news on the Polaroid front, there’s still going to be some film made for the large format cameras … And now the bad news, the large format cameras are really large format; a company called 20X24 Holdings LLC have an agreement in principle to produce the chemicals and papers etc for the few 20×24 Polaroid cameras that exist. You can read the full story on the Wall Street Journal’s site.

If you don’t know, the Polaroid 20×24 camera is a beast!

Rose bud on Polaroid Type 57 film

Rose bud on Polaroid Type 57 film

Designed to create large format copies of works in museums, it soon found use amongst the arts community, with artists such as Andy WarholChucK Close and Neal Slavin ( I had thought David Hockney had used it too, but I’m led to believe he used the much bigger 40×80 version!)

Because of its size, it stands about 5 feet tall, and weighs in at 235lbs, its normally studio based because of this – but in the early 1980 Neal Slavin toured the United Kingdom with the Polaroid 20×24 to produce his book Britons.

This was a series of location portraits of various groups of British people at work, rest or play.

So now we just need someone to step in and save the rest of the Polaroid film line … So why not join the Save Polaroid campaign or the Facebook – Save the Polaroids petiton?


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