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Leica R8 - the quintessence of photography

Thoughts on Analog Photography and the Leica R8

I still remember the times during my studies of media technology when I dreamed of someday owning a Leica camera. Although I was happy with the Nikon F2 SLR and Nikon 24mm f/2.8 setup I used during the photography classes I took at university, I kept longing for more. A close friend and I spent many nights debating used camera options available at local Leica dealers but always decided to stay away from it. To be completely honest, we dreamed mostly […]

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Polaroid Originals OneStep 2

OneStep 2 Instant Camera introduced by Polaroid Originals

As of September 13th 2017, The Impossible Project is called Polaroid Originals. Apparently the company’s largest shareholder acquired the Polaroid brand and corresponding intellectual property. That seems fitting since the 2008 founded company practically saved Polaroid instant photography. After Polaroid stopped producing instant film, The Impossible Project stepped up to produce new film material. They acquired a legacy Polaroid factory and developed new instant film materials for vintage Polaroid camera models. In addition to the Impossible Instant Lab (allowing Polaroid instant photos […]

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Leica Sofort

Leica introduced instant camera – Leica Sofort

In late 2016 Leica introduced an instant camera, called Leica Sofort. It utilises Fujifilm Instax Mini instant film material and might prove to be another great addition to the recent instant film revival by companies such as Impossible Project, who just introduced their first analog instant camera after selling refurbished Polaroid cameras for many years. Over the past years I used instant cameras quite a bit and experimented with the Impossible Project Instant Lab and their polaroid compatible film material […]

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I-1 Analog Instant Camera

The I-1 Analog Instant Camera by The Impossible Project

In April 2016 The Impossible Project announced their first analog instant camera for Polaroid instant film. The company has been around for a few years and basically saved Polaroid instant film from getting extinct. They started out by repairing and selling used Polaroid cameras and old film material and eventually bought an old Polaroid factory and started to produce their own instant film. As you may know, I followed the company quite closely and tried out their Impossible Instant Lab among many […]

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Impossible Instant Lab app

THIS Visits: The Impossible Project – Recreating Instant Film

Some insights in how “The Impossible Project” came to be… Conceived at the closing party of the last Polaroid factory, The Impossible Project completely re-invented the process of creating instant film specifically for Polaroid cameras. A daunting task for sure, but one that they’ve been at since 2008. More about my experiences with their products and my Polaroid SX-70 camera can be found in previous posts.

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Stack of Polaroid images

An evening with my Impossible Instant Lab – Creating Instant Photos

Since my bedroom wall is supposed to be decorated with Polaroid instant photos, I spent an evening with my Impossible Instant Lab, developing a series of photos with an iPhone 5 and the Impossible iOS App. The result being a bunch of color and black & white photos soon to be displayed in my personal little art gallery. It comes at a price, though. 8 instant photos produced with Impossible Instant film sum up to 20 €, not considering the […]

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The Impossible Project: Bringing back Polaroid (Wired UK)

The Impossible Project: Bringing back Polaroid (Wired UK)

An article from 2009 about The Impossible Project in Wired UK with some details on their motivation, their inspiration by Edwin H. Land and their mission to save Polaroid instant photography from extinction. They startet their project in 2008. It’s 2014 and they are still around, continuously improving their film material. So for now, they succeeded.

Polaroid SX-70 Land Camera

POLAROID SX-70 with Impossible film material

While testing the POLAROID SX-70 LAND CAMERA SONAR AutoFocus I used film material from The Impossible Project. They develop instant film material for Polaroid cameras in both color and black & white. The film material is made in a former Polaroid factory in Enschede (Netherlands) which they bought in 2008. They basically had to reinvent new instant film material because it was already a dead technology and original color dyes were no longer available. Since their first new instant film in 2010 they […]

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Impossible Instant Lab – The App Let’s You Scan Instant Photos

When I tried The Impossible Instant Lab, I used the corresponding iOS app to choose the digital images I wanted to create instant photos from as well as the exposure time for the instant film material I used. The app let’s me create analog images with the instant lab, which basically is just a housing case for the instant film cartridge and the iPhone while exposing and is manually operated. But the app also works the other way around. It […]

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Impossible Instant Lab – instant photos made with my iPhone

I recently tried The Impossible Instant Lab at the Apple store in Hamburg during their creative workshop tour around Europe (recently being February 2014, but I didn’t get around to writing anything about it).Here are some instant photos I created on that day: They look quite nice and the image quality totally surprised me, since I clearly remember many not so decent photos from my childhood.

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