Will 2008 mark the End of the Polaroid Picture.... ??
So did everyone see this story..???
Polaroid shutting 2 Mass. facilities, laying off 150
As company exits film business, plants will close in Norwood, Waltham
Polaroid Corp., the Massachusetts company that gave the world instant film photography, is shutting down its film manufacturing lines in the state and abandoning the technology that made the company famous..................
The Complete Boston Globe text here.. Polaroid Shutting Down.
And here's the WSJ Story..
MAO has to say.. this is not exactly a surprise.. Digital is here to stay and will completely take over in the next few years. Film and Polaroid cameras are going the way of the Projection Screen TV, The Members Only Jackets, Disco,
KT's hair; Velour shirts, MAO's sex life, Bell Bottoms, and Boom boxes..
Actually this is just one of the many reasons why MAO, plus many other collectors, don't mind paying
silly large amounts of money for dusty old B&W photos, Dye Transfer Color Prints, and now someday Polaroids!! This film technology is going away very quickly. And hence even though, digital photo's are already looking amazing.. you will always be able to identify photos taken with real film.
So, this story has been ricocheting around the photo
obsessed blog world the last few days...here's just some of the blog chatter... What do you think? Is Polaroid Film gone for good???
- R.I.P. Polaroid - The Money Puzzle
- Polaroid: R.I.P. - artPark
- Polaroid film manufacturing shut down - Thomas Kraemer
- Break it like a Polaroid picture - State of the Art (American Photo Mag)
- The Death of Film - Getty Images Creative Blog
- End of an Era - Blog and White World