Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Camera Notes

Earlier this year, an Italian photographer and camera buff named Michele Ferrario found a double pack of Kodak instant film with an expiry date of 1991. Not many people are aware of this, but Kodak once made an instant camera, the EK100, in an attempt to compete with Polaroid. They quickly faced numerous legal challenges and after nine years in court Kodak lost and was left with millions of unsellable cameras and packs of film – some of which apparently are still floating around. After an extensive search Ferrario found a working camera and tried it out. The pictures (above and below) are like a cross between spirit pictures and an experiment in time travel moving backwards and forward between past and present. And for anyone interested, there’s a camera for sale on Ebay. At the time of this writing, it’s at $10 Australian dollars!

The camera.

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