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"I realized there was a heavy-duty change coming in biology, and I could write a really compelling novel about catastrophic evolution, punctuated equilibrium."
- Greg Bear

Instant Photography  
  A photograph that develops immediately inside the camera.  

Henrik Juve is the first to describe this idea.

"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. We use a gas which is a negative catalytic force and permanently stops all action. We release this gas inside the camera automatically after the exposure, so we can take the completed picture out immediately.

"The black films have a black emulsion which turns lighter upon exposure to light, the more intense the light the lighter the result. They are responsive to colors and reproduce them perfectly. Since we start with a black film and high-lights appear light, we obtain a positive. We print these on black paper or film to obtain copies in positive.

"The white films have a white emulsion that turns dark upon exposure to light, resulting in a negative. To obtain positive copies we print them on white paper or films."

From The Silent Destroyer, by Henri Dahl Juve.
Published by Air Wonder Stories in 1929
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The classic example of an instant camera is the Kodak SX-70; my dad had one of these and they were great looking cameras, well designed and perfect for his purpose. He was an architect who visited job sites to make sure construction was proceeding properly; he documented progress with photographs. He could see that the pictures were adequate before leaving the site.

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