Expolaroid | April 2014
The month of Polaroid and instant film will take place in France and abroad
Exhibitions, movies, workshops, conferences… many various events.
Organized by people fond of instant photography from all over the world.
The Best Polaroid Photo – it is time for you to choose!
Last month an international competition of a Polaroid photos finished. It was organized by BLUR magazine in cooperation with The Impossible Project, to mark a great come back of instant film. Contest theme was open; we asked you to send us your favorite photo, the one you believed could win the title The Best Polaroid Photo.
The response was excellent – we received over 500 entries that came from all over the world! Official panel, composed of members of BLUR magazine and The Impossible Project, selected the best 30 photographs which will be exhibited in Zagreb and presented in a special BLUR magazine edition dedicated to Polaroid.
Additionally, we decided to award top 5 photographers with:
Now it is up to you to choose The Best Polaroid Photo and to decide which authors will be awarded with these attractive prizes. All you need to do is to go to THE BEST POLAROID PHOTO take a look on all photos and place your votes.
End of March, within special edition of BLUR magazine dedicated to Polaroid, we will announce the happy winners and awarded photographs.
We would like to congratulate all selected photographers and thank everybody for participating!
CONTEST TIMELINE | THE BEST POLAROID PHOTO
01.12.2009. – Official start of the contest
10.02.2010. – Photo submission deadline
20.02.2010. – Panel decision
01.03.2010. – Publication of the best 30 photographs on Blur web page. Start of the voting process of the readers 20.03.2010. – Closing of voting process of the readers
22.03.2010. – Publication of the best 5 photographs and awarded authors
Blur is proud to be the exclusive media sponsor of The Impossible Project, which is re-inventing analogue integral film for vintage Polaroid cameras in the former Polaroid factory in Enschede (the Netherlands).
The company of Polaroid stopped producing the instant film in June 2008, and the expiry date of the last films produced is 9 Oct 2009. After this, it will no longer be possible to purchase instant film – and Polaroid photography would thus be dead and gone forever.
But there is hope – The Impossible Project will launch new instant film materials in 2010. In the beginning of 2010, they will present a b&w analogue integral film for all SX70 and 600 camera models, and colour film will follow in summer, and by the end of 2010 they will bring Image film for Spectra cameras back.
To support this special photographic and artistic moment, Blur magazine, in collaboration with the Impossible Project, is organizing a big international contest of analogue instant photography under the name THE BEST POLAROID PHOTO.
The panel, consisting of leading team members of the Impossible Project and Blur magazine, will select 30 best photographs. These will be presented on the website of Blur, where readers can vote for the BEST POLAROID PHOTO. The five selected photographers will be awarded with attractive prizes, courtesy of the Impossible Project, and the best 30 photographs will be displayed in an exhibition in Zagreb.
More about the contest: http://old.blur-magazine.com/contest/
The Impossible Project inspires Polaroid to re-launch Instant Cameras
Over the past 12 months, The Impossible Project has generated an incredible number of press reports, events and discussions about the fascination of Instant Photography, and particularly about its quest to keep this unique and captivating kind of photography alive – by re-inventing a new analog integral film for vintage Polaroid cameras.
Accomplishing this mission and running the former Polaroid plant in Enschede (NL), The Impossible Project is pleased to herewith announce a history-making cooperation between The Impossible Project and Polaroid: The new licensee of the Polaroid® Brand – The Summit Global Group – will relaunch some of the most famous Polaroid Instant Cameras and is therefore commissioning The Impossible Project to develop and produce a limited edition of Polaroid® branded Instant Films in the middle of 2010.
Summit Global held a press conference on 13th October 2009 in Hongkong, outlining their plans to re-produce some iconic Polaroid Instant Cameras and to bring them to the market in 2010 in a strategic relationship with The Impossible Project.
The Impossible Project is proud and excited that its ambitions and all the relentless work that has already been invested are now becoming the foundation for Polaroid’s comeback as a producer of Instant Cameras.
Large-scale production and worldwide sale of The Impossible Project’s new integral film materials under its own brand will already start in the beginning of 2010 – with a brand new and astonishing black and white Instant Film and the first colour films to follow in the course of the year.
The world of photography is full of subjective and endless discussions: black and white or full color photography, filters or without, digitally processed or a set of harmonized settings, analogue or digital film… One could go on forever. And, of course, there is personal experience behind every answer, as well as personal experience, emotional attachment, but also rational argumentation.
We would like to know about your thoughts and opinions. We plan to present a new theme, a new question in every issue, and you can send us your statements and explanations that support these or otherwise via e-mail or by using contact form. We will publish most interesting answers in our next issue.
This time we were inspired by a brave ‘Impossible project’, founded by a group of enthusiasts that will reproduce analogue instant film.
When asked what the reason behind the challenge is and why they believe the project will not only be possible, but also very successful, they said:
We believe in Polaroid as a strong and unique counterpart to digitalized world that we’re living in. The Digital Revolution completely changed the perspectives, possibilities but also the character of photography. After some years of playing and experimenting with their new digital cameras, people began to miss some aspects of analogue instant photography which they had not been aware of before – or even complained about.
They started longing for real pictures which they could touch, feel and smell. Looking at all the “perfect” and clean digital pictures, they remembered more and more the good days when every single picture was an experiment, an unpredictable adventure, slowly developing in the palms of their hands. They even had to accept the fact that they started missing the high purchase price of analogue Instant film as they found out that it really helps taking good pictures when carefully pushing the trigger, aware of every “click” costing real money. Polaroid film stands for unpredictable visual adventures combined with a splendid retro-style feeling.
Do you think instant photography is by certain properties more valuable than digital photography? What are the advantages of Polaroid cameras when compared to digital ones? There are great numbers of loyal users of Polaroid technique worldwide. Do you believe the retro aspect of instant film can create a new fashion ‘boom’ in photography world and increase Polaroid art scene further? Would you, besides your digital camera, also appreciate having a Polaroid one?
Polaroid re-positioned itself from an analog Instant Film Production Company to a global Consumer Electronics and Digital Imaging company, with new high quality mass products. Shutting down factories in Mexico and Netherlands in June 2008, production of integral Polaroid film was globally stopped.
In October 2008, the company of Impossible B.V. founded the ‘Impossible project’ and acquired the complete production plant in Enschede (Netherlands). They engaged the most experienced team of Integral Film experts worldwide, aiming to re-invent and re-produce analog instant film. Since some important components of Polaroid film do not exist anymore, this ‘impossible’ project is focusing on the development of completely new film that could also be used on vintage Polaroid cameras. The first prototype is expected as soon as October 2009, and production is planned to start beginning of 2010.
Blur magazine is proud to be an exclusive media sponsor of the ‘Impossible Project’. The magazine supporting and ‘celebrating’ artistic photography, it is always a pleasure for us to encourage such courageous and historically important undertakings which will, we are convinced, not only succeed but lead to a true cultural revolution in the world of photography. In this issue you can read an exclusive interview with Florian Kaps, executive director of the project, and find out all the facts related to the ‘Impossible Project’ as well as how to contribute to its success. More on this on page XY. In addition, our next issues will continue covering this topic – we will inform you about the development of the project itself, survey the history of Polaroid film, current projects done using this specific technique and introduce the work of one Croatian Polaroid photographer.
For further information related to the ‘Impossible Project,’ please visit the official web page:
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