There are certainly more than one ways to get your photos printed: ink-jet printers, mobile printers, or using instant cameras. The latest weird product, Polaroid Lab, combines the last two concepts and adds your smartphone to the equation. It lets you print an instant photo from images you already have on your phone, and all you need to do is open the photo and scan the screen with Polaroid Lab.
When it comes to the unlikely and improbable, few overcome it better than The Impossible Project. It seems hard to imagine that we’d be seeing the launch of a new film camera in 2016, but that’s exactly what’s happened.
Of course, the new I-1 camera does contain some very handy and modern features, not found in the other instant alternatives, such as a built in “advanced ring flash”, autofocus, and BlueTooth connectivity for full manual control from your mobile device.
In the spring of 2014, I started a long-term photography project focused on Syrian refugee children. I traveled through Turkey, Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon and photographed children who fled Syria since the war started.
I interviewed them in the presence of their parents or guardians and then photographed them both digitally and with Impossible Project instant film. The project brought me through makeshift dwellings, apartments, and refugee camps across the region and has allowed me to photograph over 200 children.
In 2012, the Impossible Project launched the Instant Lab, a contraption that turns your iPhone snapshots into Impossible instant prints.
While awesome on its own, analog aficionados SUPERSENSE decided to further improve the usefulness of the Impossible Instant Lab by creating the Lab2Cam Conversion Kit, a manual Polaroid SX–70 lens lens attached to a mounting plate that effectively turns the Instant Lab into an instant camera itself.
Some things just diehard and instant film is proving to be one of them. Much to the delight of Polaroid enthusiasts everywhere, The Impossible Project began production of their own instant film to replace Polaroid’s when they ceased production on the cult classic in 2008. Impossible has gone on to do pretty incredible things. Not only did they breathe new life into a product Polaroid had given up on, but they managed to ignite an interest so widespread, they’re expanding their business model to include the manufacturing of cameras in addition to the film.