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Instant Photography, Predicted By sf In 1929, Makes A Comeback

Instant photography uses a variety of technologies to allow the user to take a picture and then instantly eject the photo, fully prepared inside the camera.


(Edwin Land demonstrates Kodak instant photography)

The Fujifilm INSTAX Mini 40 is just one present-day example:

Science fiction writer Henri Dahl Juve is widely credited for being the first person to describe instant photography in his 1929 short story The Silent Destroyer:

"How do you make photographs so quickly?" asked Addison, more interested in the process than the report "I was going to ask you about it when I saw the one made in your office back at the airdrome."

"I had forgotten that you used to immerse your plates in chemical baths and otherwise go to a great deal of trouble and then secure only a black and white result," the captain nodded.

"We have two kinds of films, the black and the white. In either case the emulsion is in the presence of a powerful catalytic agent which makes the film 'exposing out.' I mean that when the film is exposed in the camera the picture appears instantly and requires no development...

(Read more about instant photography)

Update 04-Oct-2022: See also the instantaneous Kodaks from A Journey In Other Worlds (1896) by John Jacob Astor IV. End Update.

Read about another dozen creative ways to have an instant photograph in this article at EPhotoZine.

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