Impossible Workshop - Shake it like a Polaroid picture

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.

Marco Christian Krenn showing how to put the emulsion layer on a new backing material

Marco Christian Krenn showing how to put the emulsion layer on a new backing material

The Polaroid 600 camera i used in the workshop

The Polaroid 600 camera i used in the workshop

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Posted on May 5, 2013 and filed under Photography.