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New instant film for Polaroid cameras - Mission Impossible?

 7th Jul 2010

Anyone who has recently attended a photography course specialising in Polaroid techniques will be excited to learn that a new type of film has been created specifically for Polaroid cameras.

The Impossible Project - the brains behind new instant film for traditional Polaroid cameras - will showcase a new colour instant film at this year's Rencontres d'Arles Photography Festival in the south of France.

Hot on the heels of the launch of two black-and-white instant film versions, the colour film will officially launch on July 29th. However, visitors will be able to see the first images shot using the new film at the festival on July 5-13th.

Other attractions at this year's event include a display of vintage family portraits shot on Polaroid, donated by Arles locals.

Over at the Espace Van Gogh, 'Polaroid in Peril!,' a selection of the European Polaroid Collection, will be curated by William Ewing, director of the Musée de l'Elysée in Lausanne.

Mr Ewing; Clément Chéroux, curator at the Georges Pompidou Museum of Modern Art; and Florian Kaps, founder of The Impossible Project, will participate in a public debate about the Polaroid Collection and changes of aesthetics due to technological progress on July 8th.

The Polaroid Collection, which was created over several decades with images of photographers such as Chuck Close and Ansel Adams, has been mired in controversy after its best images were auctioned, fetching a whopping $12 million.

Whilst the European arm of the Collection is still hosted at the Musée de l'Elysée, The Impossible Project has offered to buy it to prevent it being separated. The bid is currently being reviewed.