Look backwards

In Enschede, the Netherlands – Artists and photographers are looking backwards – instant Polaroid camera film may soon become mainstream again.
The Impossible Project, with the help of Ilford Photo and Harman Technology, has acquired the original Polaroid production plant and re-released the famous instant film in a format compatible with modern cameras.
The project has provided a platform for The Impossible Collection, a growing archive of instant photography artworks by international photographers and artists. To help resuscitate the medium, they were given test packs of Impossible film to instantly capture the moment.

In all, The Impossible Project plans to produce one million films in its first year, ramping up to 3 million annually beginning in 2011. Meanwhile, the project next month will open a combined shop and gallery at 425 Broadway in New York City, in part to host exemplary works of the artists who use its film. Along similar lines, it also recently placed a binding offer to purchase the International Polaroid Collection from the Muse?e de l‘Elyse?e in Lausanne.

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  • Tim Connor

    This is a very moving and evocotive post and, possibly based upon real-life situations.

    The question that I have though is this:
    How would you propose addressing what is a huge issue and a major drain upon funds which could and should be used to benefit those in genuine need?

    It is often far too easy to pick holes in a system because it does provoke an emotional reaction.

    There is an absolute necessity to identify and deal with those cases which, by their fraudulent actions cost all of us, especially those genuinely in need.

    I would be very interested to hear your proposal as to how this could be addressed without incurring a massive additional financial burden.

    For the record, I am not involved in politics and do sympathise greatly with those genuine cases who are put through an ordeal designed to expose the cheats.

  • Hugh Salmon

    Thanks, Tim.

    I am glad we agree on the crux of the issue. There are a number of ways the objective could be achieved by a more sympathetic approach. Yes, they might be more expensive – but not ‘a massive amount’ in my view. And certainly a price worth paying.

    As I have said, it depends how much you care. The more savage the cuts, the more the repercussions need to be considered. The current Coalition Government have been consistently and sadly wanting in this area (to their own detriment as well as the underclass in society whose lives the Goverment’s brutal approach affects most).

    You are correct in perceptively identifying that this is a true story. Thanks for the comment.

    Best wishes,


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  • Hugh Salmon