A Story about Polaroids

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Sullen in the late 80’s

Who doesn’t love Polaroids?

As I was growing up, they were what Iphone cameras are today, an almost precursor to the ‘selfie’.

They were used by Warhol to capture (and make icons of) the elite members of late 70’s NYC nightlife, what llustrator Antonioni used to capture his muses-Jerry Hall, Grace Jones and Pat Cleveland and what photographer Helmut Newton and many others used to guage a shot in general before commiting to a roll of film. Another wonderful reference to have is a book by the great filmaker Andrey Tarkovsky, called Instant Light, it’s composed of sixty luminous polaroids taken in Russia and Italy between 1979 and 1984 along with his most beautiful words…

To highly influential extent, many of these references regularly crop up in the beginning of the world’s best fashion shoots.Thandie+Kay Polaroid

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See the fascinating story of  how the Polaroid empire grew and collapsed in pictures here.

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Polomatic

is the official app of Polaroid, they say it’s “the best Polaroid experience since actual Polaroid film itself.” It’s just $99!

Polagram

is a digital app you can get from Itunes that prints your photos directly from your phone, so won’t have that glorious, glamorous ‘fuzz’ and hue of the beloved analogue devices, but nonetheless, it’s the actual ‘having’ of a picture, rather than it’s semi-life as mere ‘digital information’ on your phone that is where the charm lies.

All those photos you have of loved ones and friends? Make a Polagram Giftbox. All you have to do is get the FREE app, then choose 36 of your favourite shots and order your Giftbox OR 26 for your Photobook or 12 for your Calender!
Orders are shipped within 24-72 hours depending on the product (Mon-Fri) and processed in their labs to ensure the highest print quality.

Alternatively, you could get the next best thing to the traditional, and sadly now defunct Polaroid CameraIMpossible-project-black-lable-sx-70-polaroid-3 plus actual analogue Polaroid-esque film (the original  ‘recipe’ is under some kind of patented lock & key) from The Impossible Project. You can buy one plus the film from Urban Outfitters today!

 

Now for the best excuse EVER to have a POLAROID GALLERY

Warhol Polaroids thandiekay.com

Jean Michel Basquiat, Muhammed Ali, Yoko One, John Lennon

 

 

 

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Bianca Jagger, Pele, Diana Ross, Debbie Harry

 

Joseph Beuys, Grace Jones, Carolina Herrera, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Joseph Beuys, Grace Jones, Carolina Herrera, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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Jean Michel Basquiat, Diana Vreeland, Liza Minnelli, Jerry Hall

 

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Paloma Picassso, Mick Jagger, Grace Jones

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Paloma Picassso, Mick Jagger, Grace Jones

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