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Polaroid, 61, leaves legacy of film in an instant

Polaroid instant film, age 61, passed away earlier this week.

After enduring its last few commercial months with splies dwindling and prices soaring, Polaroid pictures disappeared from stores.

In February 2008, it was announced that Polaroid would be shutting down its instant film factories forever in both Mexico and the Netherlands. With that diagnosis, it was given about a year to live.

Those who knew the instant film type were surprised by the announcement. Petitions were created, film was bought in bulk and film fans shared memories of the decades they had with instant Polaroid photography.

Others chose to try to preserve the art form. A gro of photography enthusiasts, calling themselves the Impossible Project, has purchased a ten-year lease on the Polaroid factory in the Netherlands. Their hope is not to just recreate instant film, but to revolutionize the product, making a new variety of instant film.     
  
The complications that led to the death of Polaroid are directly related to a shift in technology and modern tastes. Shortly after Polaroid discontinued its instant film line, Kodak reported that it would no longer be producing its iconic Kodachrome film. 

Polaroid is preceded in death by manual film varieties from Fuji-film, Kodak and almost all of Agfa film.  Manual film seems to be haunted by the large use of the word “obsolete.” 

Polaroid is survived by a few last standing film types for manual cameras.

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