Time Zero film changes - an update!

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  1. terri

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    Sounds about right.
    This happened in the UK around 1982.
    We used to distort Polaroid then - but a manufacturing change stopped it. Oddly, the Polaroid you bought in France could still be played with.
    There were a lot of protests about it with some influential photographers weighing in.
    I don't know if Polaroid went back to the old process or managed to solve the problem with the new - but eventually manipulation came back onto the menu.
    At that time people suspected that Polaroid had done it on purpose because they didn't like people messing with their product.
    My advice is to mortgage your house and fill several freezers with old stock. It should tide you through the problem.
    And if Polaroid don't sort it out you will have the satisfaction of seeing your film cache appreciate in value by astronomical amounts! :lol:
     
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    :shock: I guess we need to head to the store sometime soon.. *honey!! Where's the deed?!?!?*
     
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    Well, it's certainly not a secret that Edwin Land always hated the manipulation process. That formula was reputed to have been changed very early on, in fact I believe it wasn't even called "Time Zero" when it first came out.

    But nowadays, Polaroid means "creative processes" to a lot of photographers. The company maintains a small army of "creative uses" consultants on hand, some of them best-selling artists who no doubt help sell their products through workshops and classes. It's hard to believe they'd purposely take a product off the market that must be an ongoing, steady seller. :scratch: It doesn't make sense.

    Here's hoping they revert back to the former production and this is another one of those strange aberrations that Polaroid seems to have every decade or so.
     
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    Jeff Canes No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    You would think that a company border on bankruptcy in a shrinking market would pay more attention to its customersÂ’ needs
     
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    So does that mean we need to not buy any "new" time zero film? I'll be so mad.. I just got my daylab a few months ago just for this!! :(
     
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    There's a phone number to call, and I think we should all take turns calling it. ;) The more outraged artists they hear from, the better, in my view. Especially those of us who have dropped the bucks on the Daylab SX-70 base. I've gotten some good use out of mine, but I'm far from finished!
     
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    From a newsletter by one of those Polaroid "creative processes" consultants I mentioned before - good old Kathleen T. Carr:

    I'm feeling better already...I was hoping it was something along these lines. :cheer: Just a matter of time, then.

    btw, if anyone doesn't know who Kathleen Carr is, you should google her and check out her work. She studied photography in Minor White's home and is no slouch - and she is also a fabulous Polaroid alternative techniques artist whose work I admire very much. :thumbup:
     
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    I've always preferred Lucas Samaras (*not work safe*) who started as a sculptor and painter but was working polaroid almost from the start.
    His ideas will blow you away.
    *not work safe - some nudity* http://www.getty.edu/art/collections/bio/a3793-1.html

    You'll find more if you Google
     
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    Yep, I've seen his stuff before and know his name - he was one of the early ones, definitely one of the best. :thumbup: It's hard to thumb through any articles about the process without seeing his name. :)
     
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    Oh gosh, that's a relief, thanks Terri!

    I LOVE Kathleen Carr, I have her website linked on mine. Did you know she offers some online classes about polaroids from betterphoto.com? I am hoping she'll do some on manipulations, right now its just for transfers/lifts.
     
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    Yep, I've seen all the offerings over there. :) They definitely have gotten some heavy hitters. Have you thought about signing up for them?
     

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