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Impossible Project Founder and New55 are Saving Peel-Apart Film

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Analog lovers rejoice, those tears you cried for your old friend Fujifilm FP-100c peel-apart packfilm were not in vain! Impossible Project founder Florian ‘Doc’ Kaps has teamed up with Bob Crowley at New55 Film to save the format.

Kaps’ mission to save instant packfilm—and his dismay when he was unable to prevent Fujifilm from killing off FP-100c—is well-known among photographers. But what most people weren’t betting on was that he was going to actually succeed. Heck, even Doc has all but given up.

But New55 and their Ashland, Massachusetts-based film factory have given Doc hope once again by creating a new generation of peel-apart film. Their proof-of-concept is New55 PN: a professional quality 4×5-inch black and white, positive-negative instant film that produces results like this.

© Eva Mühlbacher
© Eva Mühlbacher
© Eva Mühlbacher
© Eva Mühlbacher
© Eva Mühlbacher
© Eva Mühlbacher
© Eva Mühlbacher
© Eva Mühlbacher
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© Michael Kollmann

With this proof-of-concept in hand—and another experiment in the works for a prototype run of 4×5-inch color peel apart instant film—Crowley and Kaps are ready to embark on their own “mission impossible.” With some financial help from investor David Bohnett, they’re taking on the challenge of creating a replacement version of FP-100c.

Soon, the duo will launch a Kickstarter campaign to help start the process, building up the New55 factory from prototype to production phase, but for now they just wanted to shout the news from the mountaintops.

Type 100 packfilm isn’t dead. It just hasn’t been reborn yet.

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