The Splendor of Polaroid Type 55

Many thanks to my friend and mentor Philip Newton who recently gave to me a Speed Graphic 4x5 camera and a small lot of Type 55 Polaroids.  To the dismay of many photographers worldwide, production of this film was discontinued in 2008.  But hold on!  There's a group in Massachusetts called the New55project that  have started producing 4x5 positive/negative sheet films.   They haven't yet had the funds to begin releasing their product, but hopefully sometime in the future to come.  In the meantime, I feel pretty lucky to have a few sheets of the older stuff to work with. Below is a snap of my studio-mate and retoucher extraordinaire Janko Williams.