As a passionate photographer and film aficionado, I was eager to see their operation up close and personal.
Upon arrival, the Polaroid team took me and a group of fellow creators on a factory tour. The space was brimmed from head to toe with gleaming machinery, each playing a vital role in producing Polaroid famous films stocks.
The chemical process behind Polaroid film is complex, one I still have to wrap my head around. The process begins with coating a base layer of polyester with a layer of plasticizer, followed by a layer of emulsion that contains light-sensitive chemicals. These chemicals are activated when the film is exposed to light, resulting in an astonishing, instantaneous image.
The history of Polaroid is just as fascinating as the process itself. The company was founded in 1937 by Edwin Land, who was inspired to create a camera that could produce instant images after his young daughter asked him why she couldn't see a photo he had taken of her right away. Land's innovation led to the creation of the first instant camera in 1948, becoming a grand success for generations.