Glorious Days with Impossible PX Film

Posted: 05/11/2010
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I can’t remember a new film stock being invented in my lifetime as unique and extraordinary as the new line of PX films (for Polaroid SX-70 and 600 cameras). The film was introduced earlier this year by an Indie company called “The Impossible Project.”

What's The Impossible Project? “A group of engineers and enthusiasts who leased an old Polaroid film factory in the Netherlands announced Monday 3/22/2010 that they had successfully reinvented instant film.

The men behind The Impossible Project in NYC this past March. Marwan Saba, Andre Bosman and Florian Kaps

The news gives new life to some old Polaroid cameras. The Impossible Project, will sell film for SX-70 cameras made in the '70s as well as more recent cameras that take 600-series film.”

—AP News



The film has certainly given new life to my Polaroid cameras. A few cameras were hidden away in my studio, namely a Polaroid One Step and a 1977 One Step 1000 camera.

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The energy and enthusiasm behind the Impossible staff and other photographers using the new PX film has also influenced me to purchase additional Polaroid Instant cameras. Film Photography Podcast co-host Duane Polcou called me “fanatical!” Absolutely!

I’d like to share some images taken on the new PX 600 film stock.

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Self portrait with the Polaroid One600 Classic Camera and PX 600 Silver Shade Film. A Cokin +2 filter handheld over the lens gave crispness to this dreamy film.


5/9/2010Polaroid One600 CameraImpossible PX 600 Silver Shade Film

5/9/2010Polaroid One600 CameraImpossible PX 600 Silver Shade Film
My parents were kind enough to let me shoot surreal portraits using the PX 600 film


The film stock will yield a different “look” based on temperature and distance from hot lights or flash.



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Two portraits above are “that Inner Anthlete guy” and pal, James Jankiewicz Polaroid One600 Classic Camera and PX 600 Silver Shade Film


Filmmaker Joe Kolbek
Polaroid One600 Classic Camera and PX 600 Silver Shade Film


 

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Photographer and Film Photography Podcast co-host Duane Polcou
Polaroid One600 Classic Camera and PX 600 Silver Shade Film


I’d call the unpredictable nature of the film remarkable. In a society filled with “stamped out” corporate packaged goods, its nice to play with something really, really different.

Read Sarah Gilbert’s Daily Finance on The Impossible Project.

All Images © 2010 Michael Raso

 

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