We’ve seen plenty of interesting photo items on auctions over the past few years. One that was recently sold was Andy Warhol’s personal Polaroid camera. He used it in the 1970s, and 50 years later it reached the price of $13,750.
The Star Wars universe has inspired lots of photographers and filmmakers, but now it has inspired a camera design, too. Polaroid has jumped on a bandwagon and presented a new camera inspired by The Mandalorian. I’d say it’s just in time, as the second season of Disney’s TV series starts airing in October. But other than the appealing design, let’s see what else the new Polaroid Now camera offers.
This is an interesting take on street photography. A social experiment of sorts. Normally, when we do street photography and people are included, or even the subject, of the images we shoot, those people almost never get to see the images we shoot or even know we shot them. Photographer and YouTuber, Josh Katz decided to try something a little different, as he wandered the streets of New York City recently.
Armed with only his Polaroid, Josh photographed people around NYC as normal, but instead of disappearing and moving onto the next subject, he handed over the picture for the subject to keep and started conversations with them as the prints developed.
After 33 years, Polaroid Spectra film is about to be discontinued. Polaroid Originals has just announced that it will no longer produce it, and if you want to stock up, the final batch is now on sale. After the last batch is sold out, you will no longer be able to buy Spectra film, neither color nor black and white.
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.
I wanted to see if it was possible to turn a dead SX-70 camera into a functioning digital camera without significantly modifying its outward appearance. I had no idea if this was reasonably doable but I set out to give it a try.
I love seeing the wet plate experiments of Austrian photographer Markus Hofstätter. He’s so prolific with them that when he decides to do something interesting it ends up being very interesting. Lately, he’s been trying to apply wet plate techniques to types of photography you wouldn’t normally associate with the medium.
He has a couple of very cool projects on the go at the moment that he will tell us about in due time, but for now, check out these passport photos shot on wet plate using the Polaroid MiniPortrait 402 camera.
When Fujifilm announced they were discontinuing FP-100C peel-apart instant film, a lot of people were understandably a little saddened by the news. It ended with a claim of reduced sales, forcing the termination of production. But while it may not be Fujifilm that’s doing it, peel-apart instant film is coming back, thanks to ONE INSTANT.
There’s not much information to go along with this timelapse from the LA Times. If there’s more information on the LA Times website, I can’t see it, because apparently, they haven’t figured out how to add a disclaimer and an “I Accept” button for EU residents yet. But I couldn’t stop watching this video once I hit play.
Polaroid has today announced two new products. There’s the Polaroid Mint 2-in-1 instant digital camera & printer and the Polaroid Mint instant digital pocket printer. The Mint 2-in-1 is a digital camera aimed at selfie shooters. It even features an “integrated selfie mirror”. The Mint pocket printer is for use with your smartphone or tablet.