about polaroid transfers
I made all the transfers with the slides I shot over the years, some are new and some are old. I also used the photos of the models I worked with for the fashion magazines. Some of the transfer images have been used for the wine labels, a book cover and in a movie set. some of the original slides used for the transfers
Transfer process is relatively simple yet results are unpredictable and very much rely on a luck. I made often more than a dozen on each image just to get one successful transfer. In the end, hundreds of them went to a trash bin. One can make multiple transfers from the same slide but never two transfers are the same - particularly black borders around the images are totally different from one to the other. That's perhaps the beauty of Polaroid. Whereas Fuji's border marks are thin and always almost the same.
Unfortunately,type 669 film is no longer available,except expired film in eBay or somewhere.(expired many years ago...)
painted with water color around the borders Image size approx. 4.25"x4.25"
Image size approx. 3.25"x 4.25"
originals were made on the water color paper by Arches of France/smooth surface natural white/paper size 7.5"x10"
all prints are printed with pigment ink printer Epson 2200 on acid free fine art papers.
small size; cotton rug warm tone paper by Inkpress
medium size; textured surface Velvet Fine Art paper by Epson.
* small; image size 3.25"x4.25" or 4.25"x4.25" in 8x10" cream mat .... $25
* medium; image size 5.5"x7" or 7"x7" in 11x14" cream mat ..... $50 plus sales tax 8.875% and S/H
shipped by USPS priority mail with a tracking number. $8~ ; depending on the size and quantity
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Polaroid vs Fuji
I made these transfers from the slide I shot in August 2012 soon after my failed transfer experiment on the location. The film was Fuji Velvia 100, taken with Minolta Maxxam 70 and Minolta AF 24~85 zoom lens that is one of the sharpest zoom lens in this zoom range,as far as I know... original slide
Polaroid transfer is one of the image transfer technique known since 1960s (according to my research) and I once tried it almost 20 years ago just for fun for a short period. In October 2008, I started to do it all over again in realizing that the film is still available(God knows for how long!?), using a Vivitar slide printer which I bought back then.
As it turned out, the production of the Type 669 already ended some years ago (around 2006~07?). They are all gone from store shelves now. They can still be found in eBay but the price has already been at least x2~x4 , besides all of them are expird. .... May 2009
In the end of September '09, I found and bought 5 double pack 669s in eBay.They were expired in 04/2009 and were most likely the last ones shipped out of the factory. The film lost a color balance and wasn't clean as new film so this will be the last chance I can do the transfer. Somehow, I was able to make only two dozens or so successful transfers, out of 100 sheets of film !! ..... Oct. 2009
Some of originals were sold out, Thank you!! .... Jan.10/ 2010
Polaroid is back!(or about to...?) I just heard the news from famous Italian Polaroid artist that they are making 669 and other film again. He works for Italian Polaroid company so he seems to know about it and was visiting New York and also bought 3 of my original transfers for Polaroid Italia, Thank You!! ...Jan.2010
A Vienna based company "Impossible Project" recently opened a store in New York. www.impossibleproject.com.
Now they are making and selling films for vintage Polaroid cameras such as SX70 & etc. but there is no new 669 yet.They are basically making experimental films,not the Polaroid film as we know.
Currently they are selling re-packaged expired 669. So it may or may not work and it's expensive. Given low success ratio for the transfer with 669,it would cost a lot of $$ to do. ..... June 1, 2010
* They have not produced new 669 film yet. They knew from the start that the chemical is no longer available and have to find substitutes(the news was in New York Times-2008). Even if they come up with new film, it will not be the same 669 as we know. Now I realized that they are only making experimental SX70 film,not type 669. ..... September 22, 2010
* New Polaroid tranfers!
In May 2012, a pack of expired 669 was given to me by a FIT teacher. So in August, I tried to make new transfers of Flatiron building. It was my first try on a location but it wasn't successful.The sky wasn't blue and the lighting was flat for the transfer. There are brownish stains all over the pictures because of expired film. So, a week later I came back again to shoot with 35mm camera with Velvia film and did the transfer with the slide printer on both Polarid and Fuji, as I have been doing. See the samples on the left column.
Camera; Linhof 4x5/150mm lens Polaroid film back