40 years ago...
< A timeless camera isn’t just for a year, it’s for life. >
In 2010, the MiNT repair team was formed and offered refurbishment, cleaning and maintenance service for SX-70 cameras. We found out that many Polaroid cameras in the market didn't work properly because of various minor mechanical issues.
As of today, repair masters at MiNT have already revitalized 15,000 SX-70s
< Reform for a reborn. >
Throughout the years, a good amount of non-working parts was replaced. Yet it does not mean they are left behind. They are the soul of the legendary SX-70, a masterpiece by Dr. Edwin Land. Therefore, our creative team spent days and nights discussing and experimenting how to give these old parts a second life.
Our designer Koyi Yau took some non-working parts, added a bit of inspiration, thousands of hours of calligraphy practice, some creativity, and countless sleepless nights... voilà.
Now we can appreciate SX-70 from another angle.
< Interview with designer >
'The Spirit'(left) & 'The Therapy'(right)
Q: Throughout the whole creative process, what was the biggest challenge? How did you get over it?
A: When I was first looking at these great piles of parts, I was wondering how I can form them into inspiring, beautiful artwork. I tried to rearrange the parts spontaneously. Later on, I found some references about collages and thought it could be a way to use the parts to reform the image of SX-70, and I started to sketch and find the suitable parts for making the artwork.
Q: Any impressive stories about SX-70?
A: I love the SX-70 very much and I draw different models of SX-70 with watercolor. One time, I scanned and printed the drawings out as stickers and gave them to the Polaroiders I met at a flea market. I made friends with many of them too! It was really surprising!
< About the designer >
Reform for a reborn -
Extraordinary SX-70 art pieces by MiNT
'The Spirit' (top) | 'The Therapy' (bottom)
Price: US$ 174 | € 165 | HK$ 1333
*Only 10 pieces are available at the moment. Further orders will be made to order depending on the availability of SX-70 parts.