It would be hard to find anyone over the age of 25 (maybe even younger) whose childhood does not involve the click and whirr of a Polaroid camera and the waiting-with-bated-breath for an image to materialize on the print.
Polaroid instant cameras have been a part of all of our lives since the instant camera reached the market in 1948.
And although the Polaroid company went bankrupt in 2009 and no longer produces cameras or film…there is still a huge following.
There are many artists and photographers who are loyal to the style, who have expanded on the process and are creating something new.
There are serious camera collectors who look for the more rare Polaroid versions to add to their collection. Check out the trade on Etsy or Ebay and you might be surprised at the market for these ‘outdated’ cameras.
Vintage Polaroid Cameras on Etsy
Vintage Polaroid Cameras on Ebay
Of course there is also the nostalgia factor. People are recapturing their childhood and there is just a ‘look’ to a Polaroid picture that is hard to duplicate.
So where is everyone getting their film?
Well, an obvious answer would be Ebay or Amazon. Unopened packs of film are found occasionally and put up for sale.
Vintage Polaroid Film on Ebay
Another option is The Impossible Project.
I’ll let the Project itself tell you about itself.
So what about you? Which Polaroid Instant Camera did you have?