The PQ 8x10 Silver Shade film is the proud result of our love for large format instant photography. Other than the traditional Polaroid peel apart film, this new 8x10 film is an integral instant film. The basis of this film is our Silver Shade material with a film speed of 640 ASA. One pack contains 10 negatives and 10 positives to be shot in 8x10 cameras using the original Polaroid 8x10 holder and processor.
BASIC SHEET & USER MANUAL
by Bill Phelps
by Stefan Milev
Before you start shooting, please familiarize yourself with the characteristics, necessities and handling of this new 8x10 film.
The most important basics are as follows:
The film is new and integral
Refrigerate the film until use
Keep processed images in the dark for 4 minutes
Dry your photos thoroughly! A newly processed 8×10 photo consists of a layer of wet developing paste, sandwiched between a negative and a transparent sheet. In this “sealed” configuration, photos can take 3–4 weeks to dry completely and may change during this period. The faster the photo dries, the less the photos will change. Two ways to stop further development and stabilize your images:
A newly processed 8×10 photo consists of a layer of wet developing paste, sandwiched between a negative and a transparent sheet. In this wet condition the photo oxidizes and it develops and alters further. To keep the print stable, it’s necessary to stop this development process.
The quickest and safest way to get any humidity out of the print is to separate the positive and the negative sheets. This effectively stops any chemical reaction within the print and prevents the photo from altering or shifting in color.
OF IMPOSSIBLE 8X10 FILM
8x10 FILM TEST AT VENICE FILM FESTIVAL
FIRST IMPOSSIBLE TESTS BEGIN
8x10 by Maurizio Galimberti, 2011
8x10 by Paulie, 2010
In summer of 2011 we manged to produce the very first 8x10 film test packs, and made them available for first official testing. At the Venice Film Festival 2011, Italian photographer Maurizio Galimberti photographed artists like Christoph Watlz, John C. Reilly, Monica Bellucci, Willem Dafoe and Patti Smith using our new materials. Due to the film's initial instability, we created emulsion lifts with all images, turning them into impressive artworks. Click for more
In September 2010, we re-started the pod production machinery for the very first time and taped them together in order to produce large 20x24 integral instant photos. The results achieved with the epic 20x24 inch Polaroid camera were stunning and a good sign.
THE 8X10 PRODUCTION MACHINE ARRIVES IN HOLLAND
by Lia Sáile
In late 2009 we managed to preserve the last intact production machinery for the legendary 8x10 inch film format and carefully re-located this unique equipment from Waltham near Boston in the USA to the Impossible factory in The Netherlands, where the 8x10 production machinery is now set up.