The Impossible Project was founded in 2008 when Dr. Florian Kaps, André Bosman and Marwan Saba purchased the last factory producing Polaroid instant film. Their goal in creating The Impossible Project was to save 200 million cameras from becoming useless. Edwin Land, the founder of Polaroid and the inventor of the world’s first instant camera and film, once said “Don’t undertake a project unless it’s manifestly important and nearly impossible.” The founders of The Impossible Project took him at his word when they begun their journey.
Two years later, they began producing their own re-formulated versions of classic Polaroid instant film formats for the SX-70, 600, and Image/Spectra cameras, as well as larger 8×10 format film, at plants in Enschede, the Netherlands, and Monheim, Germany.
Today, The Impossible Project is no longer a project but a fast growing company. Its core products remain analog instant film, refurbished Polaroid cameras, as well as its own-designed range of analog instant cameras including the Instant Lab Universal. At its creative headquarters in Berlin, they continue to redesign analog photography for a digital generation.Through the Impossible Project’s funding they’ve saved 200 million cameras. They refurbished 27,000 cameras and produced and sold 1,000,000 films in 2014 alone. They have two factories that produce fiproject.comlm for Polaroid and Impossible cameras. There are 35 film varieties produced by Impossible.
I stumbled upon this website researching polaroid cameras because that was my original idea for my blog entry and I had no idea this company existed. I love that they work so hard to revive something that so many people thought was outdated and continue to refurbish old Polaroid cameras and create new film for them and new ways to keep this type of photography alive, like the Instant Lab Universal which allows you to print directly from your phone a photo in polaroid format.
You can check out their website here: https://www.the-impossible