SPACE auction may also serve as a swan song

Farewell, Polaroid
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 7, 2008

As SPACE Gallery solicits Polaroid donations for its third annual Polaroid Auction, to be held June 6 (submissions are due by May 16), fans of the instant film are mourning its pending demise; Polaroid announced in February that it will discontinue manufacturing the film in 2008.

“We appreciate your commitment to Polaroid products and apologize for any inconvenience that the discontinuation of certain Polaroid products may cause,” a press release from the Massachusetts-based company reads.

Inconvenience!? Try utter heartbreak and misery. How now will scores of amateur photogs capture spontaneous moments and images for fuzzy, muted perpetuity? Let’s face it: Seeing a digital photo pop up immediately on a viewing screen is nothing like waiting anxiously for colors and shapes to define themselves through Polaroidic alchemy. Maybe it’s just me, but don’t Polaroid pictures make anything (and anyone) seem cool?

But apparently this inherent coolness wasn’t enough for Polaroid marketers, who cite lack of demand and “marketplace conditions” as the reasons for the discontinuation. The company itself is staying afloat; in recent years, Polaroid has expanded into the digital world. Polaroid estimates that its instant film will be completely gone from the shelves by spring/summer 2009. (So stock up now!)

Given the fact that Polaroid film is a limited commodity, SPACE executive director Nat May is being realistic about the future of the gallery’s popular event, which raises money for the non-profit art venue.

“It’s still possible to find film, but who knows if we’ll be able to do this event again next year,” he wonders in an e-mail. “So we’re really hoping to make this a big splash.”

For information on how to submit your photos, visit

Related: Endless inquiry, Go, gadget, go!, Off and running, More more >
  Topics: This Just In , Science and Technology, Technology, Consumer Electronics,  More more >
| More

Most Popular
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE  |  July 24, 2014
    When three theater companies, all within a one-hour drive of Portland, choose to present the same Shakespeare play on overlapping dates, you have to wonder what about that particular show resonates with this particular moment.
  •   NUMBER CRUNCHERS  |  July 23, 2014
    Maybe instead of devoting still-more resources to food reviews, Maine’s leading news organizations should spend money on keeping better tabs on Augusta.
    Among last year’s 100 top-grossing films, women represented just 15 percent of protagonists, and less than one-third of total characters.
    Former Mainer Shanna McNair started The New Guard, an independent, multi-genre literary review, in order to exalt the writer, no matter if that writer was well-established or just starting out.
  •   NO TAR SANDS  |  July 10, 2014
    “People’s feelings are clear...they don’t want to be known as the tar sands capitol of the United States."

 See all articles by: DEIRDRE FULTON