Instant photography today means taking a picture with your phone and emailing it to your friends in an instant.
But 30 or 40 years ago, instant photography meant “Polaroid.”
They made the cameras that saved us from the drudgery of taking our film to the drugstore and waiting a few days to see if Uncle Bob was in focus.
They spit out a print that developed before your eyes. (And before that, they spit out a photo that you held out, like a wet, dripping rag, and shook gently while you waited until it was safe to peel off the cover to see what the picture looked like.)
Polaroid doesn’t make the cameras or film anymore, but when they got out of that business in 2008, a company called The Impossible Project, headquartered in Germany, started making the film for people who still had the cameras. They’re still making the film at factories in The Netherlands and Germany.
The company is now sponsoring a series of 40 workshops across the United States. They will be at A&A Studios, 350 N. Ogden Ave., from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday. There will be an introductory session to instant photography, as well as creative technique workshops teaching emulsion lifts and double exposures.
For more information, check out their Facebook page.