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up close & personal

Polaroid Portrait Mosaics by Italian photographer Maurizio Galimberti offer intimate and compelling views of his subjects. How it's done: a portrait of Chuck Close, another portrait artist.
posted by madamjujujive on Mar 31, 2013 - 2 comments

The fashion canteen

Davé is a restaurant that caters to writers, actors, film directors, and rock stars. The polaroids of Davé Part One Part Two Part Three Part Four
posted by unliteral on Oct 11, 2012 - 7 comments

Sean Young's Polaroids

Some Polaroids belonging to Sean Young. [more inside]
posted by xod on May 27, 2011 - 76 comments

A Sugarplum Vison

In the 1970s Edwin Land constructed the Moby C: the world's largest instant camera. Not to be confused with its smaller cousin, this one-of-a-kind Polaroid produces incredible 40x80 (1:1) prints. After serving nearly 20 years as "the museum camera", Joe McNally put it to the task of heroic portraiture. He's again employed it to take some beautiful ballerina photos.
posted by clarknova on Dec 24, 2010 - 1 comment

"[T]he most important decisions you make are not the things you do – but the things that you decide not to do."

"He’s a minimalist and constantly reducing things to their simplest level. It’s not simplistic. It’s simplified. Steve is a systems designer. He simplifies complexity." John Sculley On Steve Jobs, The Full Interview [via]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Oct 15, 2010 - 82 comments

Snap Snap Gone.

A glimpse at some of the Polaroid Collection soon to be auctioned. The Polaroid Archives Provide Snapshot of History
Renowned Polaroid users were Ansel Adams and; very differently Warhol with his mass produced point and shoot.
Ten Artists in praise of Polaroid; and a Newsweek compilation. (Related 1; 2).
posted by adamvasco on May 30, 2010 - 1 comment

To Produce The Impossible Product

On sale now: new film for Polaroid cameras. PX 100 Silver Shade / First Flush (for SX-70). Courtesy of The Impossible Project. (prev 1 2 3) [more inside]
posted by msalt on Mar 26, 2010 - 25 comments

Like a Polaroid Picture

Controversial Auction Sells Warhols From Polaroid’s Collection [more inside]
posted by three blind mice on Feb 22, 2010 - 17 comments

Pa... pa... papa... papa...razzi

Polaroid, the struggling instant film camera company, has hired a new creative director in hopes of returning the brand to its former glory. That hire just happens to be pop (and previously) sensation Lady Gaga. Polaroid Previously [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim on Jan 7, 2010 - 65 comments

The power of ten prints per cartridge

The Polaroid SX-70. A 10 minute promotional film by Charles and Ray Eames.
posted by ardgedee on Oct 16, 2009 - 15 comments

Remember, you don't actually need to shake it like a Polaroid.

Exact details are still forthcoming, but the impossible project announced that Polaroid is preparing to re-launch some of their iconic instant cameras and TIP will be manufacturing the film, at Polaroid's request. No doubt this will increase the ranks of their cult-like following, but will this second coming reverse what turned into a money-losing tech in our new digital age?
posted by revmitcz on Oct 13, 2009 - 40 comments

Portroids

"Portroids are Polaroid portraits taken of people I know (friends, family, and acquaintances) or know of (celebrities). I have them autograph in the blank white space prior to the Polaroid developing. This is a list of all* the people I have portroided. (*not all)"
posted by not_on_display on Sep 21, 2009 - 18 comments

Washed Out

Director Neil Krug takes 70's inspired washed out photos. He directed Ladytron's Tomorrow video and is releasing "Pulp Art Book", a collaboration with model Joni Harbeck using expired Polaroid film. His upcoming movie "Invisible Pyramid", equally nostalgic looking material, is about two girls "escaping the loss of a loved one in search for an answer to their ambivalence". Ernest Greene is uninvolved, but he puts out the perfect accompanying music under the moniker Washed Out. [more inside]
posted by cashman on Sep 15, 2009 - 10 comments

Polaroid Alternative Process Galleries

Joanne Warfield's innovative work in Polaroid emulsion and image transfers, time/zero manipulation and corrosion. (previously on MeFi)
posted by netbros on Feb 15, 2009 - 5 comments

Thinkin of a master plan

They acquired Polaroid's old equipment, factory and now seek your support. "The Impossible mission is NOT to re-build Polaroid Integral film but to develop a new product with new characteristics, consisting of new optimized components, produced with a streamlined modern setup. An innovative and fresh analog material, sold under a new brand name." They have just 12 months. 7 Challenges (to come). Sign up to be informed and help. [kangol tip] [more inside]
posted by cashman on Jan 17, 2009 - 24 comments

Polaroids are not dead!

Poladroid is a free app for your mac that lets you drag an image onto the polaroid camera in the corner of your screen. it then spits out a polaroid image that develops on your desktop. there's a flickr group for these shots already. [more inside]
posted by krautland on Nov 19, 2008 - 39 comments

Polaroid Packaging, the Apple of its Day

The Branding of Polaroid 1957-1977: How we beat Eastman Kodak and its little yellow boxes at point of purchase despite a clunky product and an irrelevant corporate name. Graphic designer Paul Giambarba blogs about his experience creating Polaroid's iconic corporate identity, product packaging and print advertising while freelancing for Polaroid through the company's rise and fall.
posted by Chinese Jet Pilot on May 22, 2008 - 7 comments

"Some images of the spots that gave me the most tingles."

I though documenting my early sex life would be a perfect reason to use Polaroids to do something other than take naked pictures, yet to still play on the sexual identity of the medium. I lived in Alexandria from 1980 to 1999. These were my formative years and they determined the way I dealt with women. A guy documents the spots in his old neighborhood (SFW) where he got kissed, dumped, laid or confused as a kid, and tries to work out "what went wrong." (via, via — both NSFW)
posted by nebulawindphone on May 7, 2008 - 13 comments

A polaroid a day keeps on keeping on

MetaFilter's own dirtdirt has been taking a polaroid photograph every day since July 14th, 2002. That's 2114 images as of today. He has other cool sets on his flickr page, my favorite being his pictures of school lunches.
posted by Kattullus on May 5, 2008 - 42 comments

Can you save Polaroid?

Save Polaroid The Polaroid company announced last month that it will stop making instant film next year. Save Polaroid is lobbing Fuji Film and Illford to license the instant film technology and save the product. For a good link about the history and current state of Polarod watch this video by Michael Blanchard.
posted by doug3505 on Mar 12, 2008 - 62 comments

The Promised Land

The Land List: everything you need to know for and about vintage Polaroid cameras.
posted by fandango_matt on Feb 6, 2008 - 35 comments

Polaroid Composites

Polaroid Composites by Patrick Winfield. [Via Wooster Collective.]
posted by homunculus on Dec 6, 2007 - 5 comments

Just shoot ... and shake!

Polanoid "We are building the biggest Polaroid-picture-collection of the planet to celebrate the magic of instant photography." {stolen from notcot
posted by dobbs on Dec 2, 2007 - 13 comments

The abstract Polaroid photography of GrantHamilton

The abstract Polaroid photography of Grant Hamilton.
posted by nthdegx on Aug 29, 2007 - 15 comments

Photographs by The Polaroid Kid

Ridin' Dirty Face - photos by Mike Brodie in color, black & white and some polaroids.
Also, check out the The Polaroid Photography Collective.
posted by StopMakingSense on Jan 16, 2007 - 14 comments

Just shoot and shake!

The Polaroid Photography Collective has a number of links to some great galleries. The multi-shot panoramas are especially nice. {some images may be nsfw}
posted by dobbs on Apr 6, 2006 - 9 comments

The vest of the beebl-zebub

nsfw/(Defekto|Vomitus): (presence|representation) (emulsiates|animates) (real|imagined) (Baltimore|portal)./id
posted by If I Had An Anus on Feb 24, 2006 - 11 comments

I Found A Picture Of You

Lego Pinhole Camera. Polaroid Land Camera with Lego conversion. Sample photos.
posted by fandango_matt on Oct 9, 2005 - 12 comments

All That's Left Is Her Picture

Cool Polaroid video.
posted by fandango_matt on Oct 2, 2005 - 25 comments

Shake It Like a Paranoid Picture

Polaroid warns: Don't shake the pictures! (from FauxFox News, among other sources). Giving me an excuse to link to these classic collections of warnings and disclaimers (Don't forget Happy Fun Ball!), not to mention this collection of intentionally altered Celebrity Polaroids.
posted by wendell on Feb 18, 2004 - 12 comments

Doctor Foxglove's Polaroid Tryptich Project

Doctor Foxglove's Polaroid Tryptich Project.
posted by hama7 on Oct 31, 2003 - 9 comments

Say

A Polaroid in a Polaroid in a Polaroid in a…
posted by Robot Johnny on Oct 17, 2003 - 23 comments

The Polaroid photographic archive is under threat

The Polaroid photographic archive is under threat The archivists are trying to sell the collection together, but as always seems to happen in these cases, it looks like it might be separated. If buildings can be listed, why can't collections like this, which documents six decades of social and artistic history, be protected as well?
posted by feelinglistless on Jan 4, 2002 - 7 comments

Talk about not getting it...

Talk about not getting it... "Polaroid Corp., which slashed jobs and retiree benefits before filing for bankruptcy protection in October, wants to reward top executives with up to $19 million in bonuses and incentives as it dismantles the instant camera and film maker to pay off creditors." Clueless or evil? You make the call...
posted by kasnj on Dec 6, 2001 - 21 comments

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