The SX-70 camera and film was introduced in 1972. Unlike the instant film used in the Polaroid transfer process, this film and processing chemicals were entirely enclosed, negating the need to peel the film and emulsion apart. While most users of SX-70 film (and the similar Type 600 film) like it for its instant images, many photographic artists were attracted to its unique look, soft tones, and subdued hues.
In 2008, with the market for instant film shrinking due to the popularity of digital photography, Polaroid announced wit would discontinue producing instant film. The Fuji Corporation had previously taken over production of the “peel apart” film, and a new company called The Impossible Project announced they would produce SX-70 and Type 600 films.
SX-70 film also lends itself to manipulation using heat and a stylus after it’s developed. The artist can manipulate the emulsion to create a wavy, underwater effect.
In addition to producing instant peel-apart film, Fuji introduced Instax instant film in 1998. This film uses a similar process to SX-70, but in a smaller size. This camera and film system has gained in popularity in recent years among teens and preteens, mostly young ladies. Having only known digital photography, instant analog photographs are somewhat of a novelty to this demographic.
Like SX-70 film, Instax has a unique look that encourages artistic expression and experimentation.
I scan these instant film originals and optimize them for enlarging and printing. One result of printing enlarged versions is that the emulsion becomes magnified, creating an image akin to pointillism.