Polaroidland visitors almost certainly know about New55 by now. Bob Crowley’s Massachusetts startup, just a short drive from Edwin Land’s vanished Cambridge mothership, got started with a Kickstarter campaign to make single-shot black-and-white instant film, akin to (and in some ways improving upon) Polaroid’s old Type 55. Despite some significant production problems at the beginning, New55 has been making and selling […]
Breaking news in Polaroidland, and this is actually pretty big.
I’ve posted before about the wonders of Type 55, the 4-by-5-inch peel-apart film that gave photographers both a print and a usable negative. It was black-and-white, and slow in speed–the negative was ISO 25 to 35, the print ISO 50–so its images were […]
The news leaked out of Japan a couple of months ago, but the official announcement appeared online just last week, and can be seen here (non-Japanese-speakers, click Google Translate). Fujifilm is discontinuing FP-3000B, its last black-and-white instant film. Final orders for the U.S. will apparently be shipped in the spring, and the last Japanese deliveries will […]
We’ve talked plenty over here about the New55 Project, Bob Crowley’s extremely promising attempt to reintroduce, and improve upon, Polaroid’s Type 55 positive/negative instant film. But I was floored to see (via the 20×24 Studio) this set of photos, for which a Flickr user named julsdylan has made his (or her?) own […]
When The Impossible Project got started, its focus was on reviving standard-issue integral film for consumer cameras. That was the purpose of the machinery in the Enschede plant, and that was, of course, the stuff most photographers were interested in. The professional-format Polaroid film had been made in Waltham, and the machines that produced […]
One site you’ll hear about regularly here is New55. It’s written by Bob Crowley, a fellow in the high-end-microphone business who is attempting to reproduce (with tweaks) one of Polaroid’s most astonishing products, the special 4×5 film known as Type 55.
Background first: Type 55 (and its offshoots, Type 105 and 665) […]
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