Ampex Museum v.1

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From Fred Mushel:

I was in SF area, I believe in the early 1990's (visiting relatives) and I called Ampex to inquire about seeing their museum. I was told to call a security office and arrange for a tour. Upon driving in to the Ampex complex, I passed empty parking lot after empty parking lot. Sad times for Ampex. A security guard escorted me to the museum, unlocked the door, turned on the lights and allowed me to take some quick pictures. Apparently, the museum hadn't been open for some time.

I just found them after cleaning up my home, and thought members of the TIG would be interested.

They are Polaroid pictures. They were scanned on a Canon LIDE 100 at 300 dpi.

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Fred Mushel

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  • From: Fred Mushel <fmushel [a t]>

Date: November 20, 2009 8:06:12 PM GMT-02:00 To: Rob Lingelbach <rob [a t]> Subject: Ampex Museum

On Nov 20, 2009, at 4:49 PM, Rob Lingelbach wrote:

there's something about the Polaroids that is really nice, from a colorist's perspective.

The best Polaroid SX-70 film was manufactured from the time the first SX-70 went on sale, in I believe, 1973, up till maybe 1977. Then Polaroid changed the formulation and the picture quality and the physical pictures themselves started to deteriorate, with the backside starting to un-peel and the image would fog or crack.

The very first pictures I took were clearer, sharper and had a 3-D quality about them. The pictures themselves have physically held up over time as well. I bought my chrome and brown leather SX-70 in December 1975. For sure, by summer 1977, the film formulation and packaging had changed for the worse. I think, some of the original chemicals used in the first batch of film was not eco friendly and Polaroid changed the formula for that reason.


Rob Lingelbach 21:36, 20 November 2009 (UTC)