The impossible Project
Autumn De wilde + the Decemberists @ the Impossible Project
B&H, Phototech, Hong Colour and CRC
So on my first day here my good ‘ol faithful polaroid image camera broke. Having been given a broken SX 70 from ebay for xmas and having my holga stolen in Barcelona I was going through a bad camera period. Facing my 3 months in ny with out polaroids was a sad reality to accept.
After moaning to a lady in Bloomingdales who turned out to be a photography assistant I was told a few blocks away was the impossible Project store. It is quite a nondescript building and you have to buzz to be let in but for polaroid lovers out there the address is:
425 Broadway, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10013
The Impossible Project are the guys trying to save polaroid film from extinction. They bought up an old polaroid factory in Enschede and have begun making a new film. This film is super sensitive to light and tricky to get the hang of but it’s something. They also ship their wares all over the world and sell all manner of cameras.
Not only was i able to get a new image camera and the original film for relatively cheap (it is $22 here as opposed to 20 pounds in the uk)t they gave me the name of a place the actually fixes polaroids and all manner of cameras. Phototech after a few goes managed to fix my crumbling but beautiful sx 70. So i am HAPPY!
Also on the Second week I found out the Impossible Project was hosting an event to launch the exhibtion of 50 polaroids of the Decemberists (who were in attendance although i missed them) shot by one of my favourite photographers Autumn De Wilde (she shot an awesome book of Elliott Smith portraits so has my undying love). She used out of date, chocolate blue and sepia film donated by the project and they were really quite stunning. I didn’t talk to Autumn (shy) but I was near her!
The impossible guys are really helpful with polaroid queries of all kinds. i have been in there countless times. And there is very cute indie guy with black ringlets behind the desk (if you need eye candy incentive).
Worth a look fo sho!
Also to buy any camera/film bar polaroid for cheap I recommend going to B & H. it is run solely by Jews in kippah’s and is sort of like a crazy mall. They are super friendly and helpful and there are bowls of free sweets everywhere. I’m going to pick up some prints there now.
Also if you’re in Chelsea Hong Colour and CRC are very good (CRC is maybe better as it’s cheaper).