In the early 80s Polaroid introduced a new series of Auto Processing 35mm Films which came with their own pack of developer. You needed to buy a special low tech plastic gadget in order to process the film. The most popular were Polachrome for color and the B&W was called Polapan. Oh and best of all it was magical. The color had a beautiful, luminous quality to it and a unique, almost digital looking grain. Above is an old favorite using Polachrome from a fashion shoot I did for the magazine Sportswear International with the wonderful Charlene Short.
It did have it's challenges, extra delicate as you can see from these photos of Mitzi Martin where the developing layer stuck to the film while processing. I was able to save these by carefully washing off the layer, resulting in this distressed finish. Something I considered a "happy accident" and thankfully so did my editor. It was also hard for publications & their printers to work with. I think it was Rip Georges, back then the art director for LA Style Magazine who figured out you could have the originals duplicated to film and then use that to reproduce it. Lessening the risk the originals would be damaged.
all photos & content © Lara Rossignol