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Miranda Lichtenstein’s Still Life Polaroids

Miranda Lichtenstein’s Still Life Polaroids | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Miranda Lichtenstein began taking Polaroids during a residency at Monet’s garden in Giverny. Using wilting flowers as her subjects, Lichtenstein wanted to document the difficulty that goes into maintaining a garden. The results are carefully composed still lifes that capture fading moments in time, on view now at the Gallery at Hermès in New York.

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'Pixels and Polaroids' by Photographer Jherin Miller

'Pixels and Polaroids' by Photographer Jherin Miller | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it
'Pixels and Polaroids' is a photography project by Jherin Miller that combines the worlds of polaroids and retro video game graphics.
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Nobuyoshi Araki: Sakura

Nobuyoshi Araki: Sakura | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Known for his darkly erotic portraits of women and his suggestive shots of flowers, Japan’s prolific Nobuyoshi Araki set out to harness the stunning cherry blossom season in Tokyo for this exclusive series. An annual occurrence in the Japanese capital and the center of centuries of local tradition and literary inspiration, the sakura flower has very rarely featured in Araki’s oeuvre. This year, as the trees bloomed early in Tokyo, the celebrated lensman used vintage Polaroid film, framing the vibrant pink flowers’ silhouettes with a distinctive, pitch-dark corroded border.

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How The Impossible Project Gave Polaroid Cameras A New Lease On Life

How The Impossible Project Gave Polaroid Cameras A New Lease On Life | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it
A Polaroid camera is nothing more than bookshelf eye candy if you don't have the magical film to go with it. Which is why The Impossible Project pulled out every stop in the innovation playbook to reinvent that film.

Edwin Land, an inventor and the cofounder of Polaroid, once said, "Don't undertake a project unless it is manifestly important and nearly impossible."

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The Polaroids of Balthus

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'Balthus – The Last Studies' is an undisclosed corpus of nearly two thousand photographs produced during the last ten years of the painter’s life. They are the preliminary studies for his last three major paintings. His hands incapacitated by old age, Balthus resorted to the camera as a sort of prosthesis, at once eye, hand and pencil, thus reassuming the mysterious ritual of sketching, for him the one and only way to approach and define the mental image from which the painting’s composition would proceed. As a substitute for drawing, these never before seen photographs fully participate in the slow, painstaking practice which had been Balthus’s for nearly a century. As such, they give a major insight into the painter’s endless quest of beauty.

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'The Polaroid Years' Book Explores The Retro Camera's Influence On Photography

'The Polaroid Years' Book Explores The Retro Camera's Influence On Photography | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Edwin Land, the inventor of the Polaroid camera, spoke in front of one of his factories in 1970 and dreamt up the camera of the future: "A camera which you would use not on the occasion of parties only, or of trips only, or when your grandchildren came to see you, but a camera that you would use as often as your pencil or your eyeglasses."As Christopher Bonanos at the Wall Street Journal points out, Land predicted unbelievable technological advancements -- the Polaroid camera was just the first step.

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No Joke: Polaroid Plans To Produce The Instagram Camera By 2014

No Joke: Polaroid Plans To Produce The Instagram Camera By 2014 | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it
When we last wrote about Socialmatic, the concept for a web-enabled instant camera that uploads your snaps to Instagram and prints them out using an on-board printer, it was but a twinkle in the eye of Italian inventor Antonio De Rosa.
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Lainer's curator insight, July 19, 2013 3:54 PM

Uhm. Why not just make new Polaroid film? Bring back the SX 70 film!