ILFORD Factory Tour 2013
"the more I learn about Instant Film the more I realise why everyone wanted to stop making it" *
The makers to-be of new55 (Polaroid 55 replacement) are being completely candid about the direction the R&D for their material is going in. To the old established industry this would be absolute anathema - secrecy was paramount, photographic R&D was always behind closed doors & many layers of confidentiality agreements.
However why not, new55 is a semi-publically financed project, and at the end of the day if Bob Crowley and his team are there first, it's not a trail that anyone is likely to want to repeat.
[* Christopher Bananos, New-York Magazine]
A bit more on AEROCHROME
Had almost forgotten DeanBennici, who took it on himself in 2008 to purchase, pack & distribute KodakAerochrome at the point where Kodak were discontinuing the material. Anyway he still has stock, including 120 format and 16mm in 400' loads! Link to his website
KODAK AEROCHROME IR RESUMÈ
In a stunning film, titled "The Enclave," photographer Richard Mosse captures the war-torn region of The Democratic Republic of Congo in colors straight out of a science fiction film. Using the discontinued false-colour infra-red sensitive Kodak film called Aerochrome, Mosse showcases the country's expansive landscapes and militant populations, all in the dazzling pink and purple hues of infrared technology.
Here's an additional video from 2011, in which Richard Mosse very succinctly explains the origins of the Aerochrome material, & his motivations in working with it;
There's also a strong movement pressing for a new making from Kodak over on
"...just as a painter without the rights paints cannot paint, without the right choice of film we cannot create our products – be it for profit, pleasure, or both. We call upon Kodak Alaris and Lomographische AG to work together in order to resume production of Kodak Aerochrome EIR film..."
Maybe add some signatures to the petition? But probably it needs a bit more than 1000 names to get that particular ball rolling again.
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