BuzzFeed recently published an article discussing ways readers could make their own camera film to avoid the costs associated with purchased film. Although film was once a dying concept for most amateur photographers, the relaunch of products like Polaroid’s new instant camera and InstaMax’s deluxe instant camera have birthed a fresh resurgence in the need for film.
Film has been a virtual necessity to the art industry since its inception. Film was created in the late 1800s by George Eatman and a team of other mean in an effort to capture photos. The development was quickly mainstreamed and could be purchased by the general public no later than 1901. At the time of its development, film had a very limited use. Innovators were still creating cameras that would be compatible with early film and the craft was improving on a consistent basis. In a short period of time after film was developed, Thomas Edison created a motion picture device that allowed the first motion pictures to be depicted through film. After this development, there was an unlimited market for film in economies around the world.
Following the early 1900s, motion pictures and photography grew in leaps and bounds. Innovators learned new ways to use film to create artful pieces and eventually turned a profitable pastime into a thriving global business. The age of digital technology began in the 1990s and added vast improvements to the film and photography industries. The dawn of this technology, however, meant a sharp decline in the number of people who needed to purchase traditional camera film anymore. With digital recording cameras and digital film cameras becoming the go-to products in cultures around the world, film became virtually obsolete, effectively ending the success of companies like Polaroid.
In the modern age, film companies have found a way to keep up with the demand of the times. Companies like Polaroid and InstaMax still believed they could offer snapshots to the general public in a way that would be profitable. The companies have now come back into extreme cultural relevance and have caused a huge boost in the film industry.