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February 07, 2008

Oh Noes! No more Polaroid film!

photo of an SX-70 camera

Maybe I'm just getting old, but these days it just seems like the the end of one era after another. The latest change to cut me to the quick is Polaroid's announcement that they're going to stop making instant film. Once upon a time, Polaroid camera were THE BOMB. "You mean you can see the picture right away, without having to have the film developed? It's a miracle!"

And then, in the early 1970s when the SX-70 camera came out, it was hailed as a stunning technical achievement. But the rise of digital photography has made instant developing chemical-based film an anachronism. Nothing lasts forever I guess. Meanwhile, I'll be scrambling to buy up a bunch of film for my vintage SX-70.

By the way, all of this is a perfect excuse to watch this mashed up SX-70 video. It's from a demo film of the camera made in the early 70s by the great design team of Charles and Ray Eames. But here the original soundtrack has been stripped out and replaced by the punk band The Cramps performing "Garbageman". Why? I have no idea. But it works.

Posted by Chris Spurgeon at February 7, 2008 04:25 PM