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Goodbye Impossible: Hello Polaroid Originals

Simon Skinner - 3 years ago

Since The Impossible Project acquired the major shareholding of the Polaroid brand earlier this year, we’ve been itching to find out what’s next; how will the brands emerge, how will they look and what new products can we expect. Now we know!

The launch of Polaroid Originals, a new brand dedicated to analog instant photography, and the result of what has no doubt been four months of extremely hard work and planning from the business formerly known as Impossible.

The new OneStep 2 from Polaroid Originals

The launch just so happens to coincide with the 80th anniversary of Polaroid, founded by Edwin Land in 1937. Given the story behind the original business [Impossible], Polaroid Originals is firmly rooted in the iconic cultural status of the Polaroid brand.

Oskar Smolokowski, CEO of Polaroid Originals, told PhotoBite: “The past years have seen a strong revival of analog instant photography. This growing demand goes beyond nostalgia. In today’s fast-paced, digital world, a tangible object outside of your phone screen becomes a valued artifact. It’s also completely unique and impossible to reproduce.“

To coincide with this exciting new chapter in the brand’s journey, Polaroid Originals is launching a new analogue instant camera, called the Polaroid OneStep 2. The successor to the original Polaroid OneStep, the camera that democratized instant photography 40 years ago with its ease of use, the Polaroid OneStep 2, promises to deliver the same level of accessibility to a mass market of consumers. Priced at €119.99 and with the same point-and-shoot usability as its predecessor, the OneStep 2 invites everyone to join the revival of analog instant photography. With a powerful built-in flash, easy USB charging, longlasting battery and a self-timer, the camera is designed for today’s user.

The new Polaroid Originals OneStep 2 in Graphite

Along with the launch of the new camera, Polaroid Originals have introduced a new generation of original format instant film, with colour, black & white, and a range of special editions to choose from.

The new film features the distinct dreamy aesthetic that Polaroid is famous for and is available for modern instant cameras like the OneStep 2, as well as for key vintage Polaroid camera formats.

“When it comes to capturing a moment and bringing people together, there’s nothing quite like a Polaroid photograph,“ Oskar Smolokowski told us.

Pricing & availability

TheOneStep 2 instant camera will be available from the PhotoBite Store from the end of October for £109.99.

Polaroid Originals film will be available from September 14th. New I-type film for the OneStep 2 is priced at £14.99 with eight pictures per pack. Film for vintage formats; the Polaroid SX-70, 600 and Spectra, is priced from £17.99.

About the author

Read Goodbye Impossible: Hello Polaroid Originals

Simon Skinner

Co-founder // Editor

Having spent many years working in various pockets of the music industry, and always with a camera in hand, Simon has worked with organisations such as Warner/Chappell, Food Records and ultimately, co-founding the innovative independent record label, Izumi Records before moving fully into the world of publishing in 2007. Amongst numerous other projects in the last decade, he has been responsible for a number of specialist photo trade magazines and journals for the filmmaking and photography communities, along with a coffee table book entitled, "Great Britons of Photography' which he produced with Peter Dench and Leica. Now heading up PhotoBite, Simon and the team have set themselves a task of delivering informative and inspirational content for photographers of all levels, from the beginner, shooting with smartphones, to the seasoned photographer and filmmaker.