Saturday, October 16, 2010

Buy some PZ-600

Impossible has some even better 600 speed monochrome film for the various SX-70 cameras and derivatives.  Here is a link to this improved stuff, which I recommend very highly.

http://shop.the-impossible-project.com/allabout/silvershade/

There is frequent mention of Land on the Impossible site, but nothing there that I can find about Howard Rogers, who is the person who actually invented integral film. All this doting worship of Land is starting to get old - how about some credit to the guy who invented instant color film, and then integral film? Howard Rogers is now gone, but his many inventions remain. I talked not long ago with a scientist who worked directly under Rogers, who reported to Land, and he described him as "the real genius behind Polaroid film technology" and he added "Land was like P.T Barnum, obviously very smart, and great at promoting".

Anyway I've been a fan of Rogers since the 60s when I first got my adapter for my J66 to shoot color, which was a challenge to use, and then ran out and bought the original SX70, output of which is seen here, and am still using it in 2010.http://books.google.com/books?id=EEgEAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA74&ots=fNfs2llOQg&dq=howard%20rogers%20polaroid&pg=PA84#v=onepage&q=howard%20rogers%20polaroid&f=false
is a link to a Life Magazine article that mentions and shows Rogers.

6 comments:

Paul Giambarba said...

So true. Have you checked Wensberg: Land's Polaroid and McElheny: Insisting on the Impossible? Lots of mentions of Howie Rogers. Both available as used books at abebooks.com.

Bob Crowley said...

I like abebooks.com. That's where I got the Rott and Waide DTR book that was originally in the Polaroid library. That was quite a find! I'll pick up the ones you mention, too. I showed your newest design for TIP shown in front of Ethel Smith's album in an August post. She seemed very happy.

Paul Giambarba said...

The PX line and related designs are not mine. They're the work of Prof. Achim Heine of Berlin. I just did the PG Edition of old Polaroid film for Doc Kaps that was introduced at the ICP in New York on 12/09.

Bob Crowley said...

Paul. Right, the inner boxes, white in color. But, TIP sleeves them in your design, yes?

Bob Crowley said...

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