What is instant photography?

Instant photography allows us to print fully developed photos seconds after they are taken. This is possible because instant film contains all the development chemicals needed already within it.

Photos by lafilledeer with the Lomo’Instant Wide and pearlgirl77 with the Lomo’Instant Automat

Before a picture is taken these development chemicals are stored in a pouch at the edge of the film sheet. When you take a picture with an instant camera the film passes through a pair of rollers, which spread the chemicals onto the film creating a chemical reaction and starting the development process. The film then passes out of the camera and continues to develop as you hold it in your hand.

Many people continue to be drawn to instant photography for its unique ability to allow us to take a photo and almost immediately hold the print in our hand as a tactile object.

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