My friend Scott Hammond, a really good local photographer whose work appears to the right, forwarded me his concerns over recent news that Polaroid is closing plants that manufacture the popular instant film.

The New York Times wrote last week:

"Polaroid is closing factories in Massachusetts, Mexico and the Netherlands and cutting 450 jobs as the brand synonymous with instant images focuses on ventures such as a portable printer for images from cell phones and Polaroid-branded digital cameras, televisions and DVD players."

Hammond uses a lot of instant film, and this news is bad for business. Polaroid instant film will be available in stores through next year, the company said. After that, Japan's Fujifilm will be the only major maker of instant film. He's trying to spread the word and convince Polaroid to continue making its treasured products; you can sign a petition being circulated by following the link below.

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