Shooting Portraits With Vintage Land Polaroid Cameras and Peel-Apart Film

A photographer visited the factory of analog concept store Supersense in Austria to document the team who is creating a new way to use vintage Land Polaroid cameras and shoot Peel-Apart instant film. In his two-part video blogs, Mathieu Stern revealed how the collective of photographers is creating the FP-100C film that is no longer produced by Fuji.

It was around three years ago that Fuji discontinued the FP-100C, which Chris Holmquist of Supersense says left a “gaping hole” in the instant film community. Through their crowdfunding efforts, the team was able to raise enough for 18,000 units of the film — a clear indication there is still demand for it.

Holmquist said:

We are going to take what's left of their master rolls, we’re going to cut it down into the small instant format, and we’ll repackage it as a one-shot instant film for consumers.

In the second of the two videos, Holmquist visits Stern’s native Paris, where the pair put the film to the test by shooting a model. Hit play on both the clips to see how the film is made and how to shoot portraits with it.

See more from Supersense at their website.

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post, nor was Stern paid to participate in the project.

All images Mathieu Stern and used with permission.

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Broken Canon Art & Photography's picture

Been there, Done that and enjoyed it back in the late 70's This type of photography is outdated and can't be saved or store effectively afterwards, which is a shame. But it is making a come back, purchase a graduated square Polaroid Blue filter for my Cokin setup.

With regard to long term; I don’t know how well the prints store in the long term but if you’re really into it you can remove the black backing and scan the negatives (or print them directly I suppose but I’ve never tried it)

Tony Clark's picture

It reminds me of the beginning of my photo career. I shot 35mm film and proofed shots with the Polaroid 600SE, especially in studio with strobes. If you want to use the technology these days for the colors, I would shoot the print with a DSLR to archive since the prints are rather delicate. I still have a stack of Polaroids from different formats sitting on the filing cabinet.

Paolo Roversi still uses 8x10 Polaroid at the very top end of the fashion industry!

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