Instant photography.

28 Nov

The abilities in being able to create instant photography was first recognised in 1923 by Samuel Shlafrock. He invented the first instant camera which consisted of a camera and portable darkroom in a single compartment.

With the development of technology , in 1948 the first instant camera was sold to the public. The instant camera was invented by Edwin Land, an American inventor, where you were able to take a photograph and it would develop onto a film roll that was inserted into the camera. The camera was named after the inventor, naming the camera the Instant Land Camera.

It was a new revolutionised phenomena that captured the public’s want for instant snap shots, without the hassle of darkroom processing.


Later, with the development of process abilities within instant film, instant cameras started touse ‘pack film’ that would require the photographer to pull the film from the camera for development and peel apart the positive from the negative after the developing process. ‘Pack film’ later adapted from its original rectangular form to square. The adaptation also allowed the film to progress in development by placing the negative, developer, fixer etc. within the surface of the film. The photograph would automatically develop after each exposure before your eyes. This is how we know Polaroid film today.

In 2008, however, the advances in modern technologies resulted in the discontinuation of Polaroid film. An artefact and such a huge part of photographic history was taken away from the public and photographic artists. A medium that artists used for manual  manipulation of photographs.



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