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A Lament for Polaroid

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And so ends another era in photography.

Polaroid will no longer make film for the instant camera which was a revolution in 1947.

Sixty odd years ago the very idea of a photograph appearing moments after it was taken was as remarkable as . . . . well, as remarkable Louis Daguerre inventing photography.

The quaint novelty of the Polaroid diminished over the decades, until it got to the point where only two kinds of people used them, and one of those was estate agents.

Digital photography finished them off, like video killed the radio star, hard drive recorders killed the video and flat screens killed the big telly.

Production of the cameras themselves ended in 2006, but the company now says there’s not enough demand for the film.

Posted by Leslie, February 16th, 2008

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