Fans bid farewell to Polaroid film – CNN.com

(CNN) — Every day for a year, Tacey Willis looked for an eye-catching photo subject — a ballerina, a rocker dude in a bookstore or three older ladies from the Red Hat Society. She allowed herself one shot each day, with only one piece of instant film.

But halfway through that year, Willis abruptly took the money she’d saved for a down payment on a car and bought every piece of Polaroid film she could find. Why? Because the Polaroid Corp. announced it would stop making instant film. And without it her project, “Day by Day Polaroid,” would never be complete.

Sixty years after Polaroid introduced its first instant camera, the company’s iconic film is disappearing from stores.

Although Polaroid says the film should be available into 2009, this is the final month of its last production year.

Fans bid farewell to Polaroid film – CNN.com By Jacque Wilson

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One Response to “Fans bid farewell to Polaroid film – CNN.com”

  1. Jason Says:

    In this the digital age we are always looking forward and never reflecting on what we are leaving behind. Digital Cameras and LCD screens have become common in this day and age and the concept of a photo taking up to a minute to develop is something an entire generation would never have to endure.

    When Edwin Land (founder of Polaroid) developed an instant all in one developing process photographers could know within a minute how their exposures were looking, it was a change to the industry. Cameras would become equipped with Polaroid backs so that the photographer can do his tests. Passport and Identification photos can be done and processed quickly. The world was now moving at a faster pace.

    Polaroid fixed one of the drawbacks of film with it’s instant process and digital photography has taken it further. In addition to instant film, Polaroid brought many other contributions to the world through development of optics, printing, scanning, and filters.

    With Polaroid film closing it’s doors soon we will be closing a chapter in one of the greatest technological innovations of modern times. Every time you look at the LCD on your digital camera to see the image you just took, the first step of this process was taken nearly a century ago by Edwin Land and his vision which became Polaroid.

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