The Impossible Project saved the last Polaroid factory from being closed in 2008. They started to re-produce films for the hundreds of millions of Polaroid cameras that still exist in the world. Although they started from scratch and had to re-invent the chemicals, they come quite close to the Original (especially with the black and white film).
Today i participated in an eye-opening Impossible Workshop at the 21er Haus. Workshop conductor Marco Christian Krenn did - after a bumpy start - a good job in not only explaining the cameras (600er, SX-70, 1000er), and how to work with the Impossible films. The main focus actually was on some detailed in-depth information like
- how to make the polaroids last (so that they dont eat themselves up because of the chemicals
- Transparency: how to separate the emulsion sheet from the receptor sheet (use a hair dryer to separate them)
- The Lift: how to do a polaroid emulsion lift (separate the emulsion from the backing plastic material)
Though sometimes it sounded like a marketing show for Impossible (which is difficult to avoid since they are the only company that produces the Polaroid films currently)
Impressions from the Workshop
Here are some impressions from the workshop and the results of my work.