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Happy Birthday to Dr. Edwin Land, inventor of Polaroid and man of many other talents, born on this day in 1909. You know he was Steve Jobs v1.0, right?
In the age of Instagram, “Pictures in a minute!” makes you think you’ve got a bad internet connection. But in the 1950s, that slogan fueled a technological revolution that continues to develop today.
Read more about the influence Land had—and still has—in Instant, available here from PAPress.
“Meet the Swinger”
This TV commercial for the Polaroid Swinger first aired in 1965 (starring a young Ali MacGraw). Meet the Swinger and find out what it was like to work for Polaroid during its heyday in Christopher Bonanos’ new book.
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Instant: The Story of Polaroid
CNN Money calls it “Three books in one…”
The Atlantic declares, “It’s rare for any product to be cool twice. But Polaroid film, with its white-framed, kinda-blurry instant pictures, managed to first represent the bright future of technology and then become a beloved, retro-chic relic of the past.”
Slate charts the rise and fall of Polaroid with a lovely slideshow.
Businessweek, in a Q&A with author Christopher Bonanos, discusses the parallels between Edwin Land and Steve Jobs, and a new gadget that joins their two greatest inventions.
The Bleat says, “A great brisk read, more attractive than 99.8% of the books I’ve seen lately, and an utterly American story as well. Applause.”
Time features some of the artists who’ve used Polaroid.
Design Observer interviewed Bonanos and says, “It is the rare design-subject book with a truly dramatic arc, and storytelling that lives up to it.”
Gizmodo excerpts the story recalling the first time the public ever saw a Polaroid picture (in 1947).
The Globe and Mail interviewed Bonanos about the amazing success and technological achievement of Polaroid in its heyday.
Brainpickings calls it “…a fascinating tale of rapid rise, catastrophic collapse, and the riveting ride between the two, at once told like never before and strangely familiar in its allegorical quality….brimming with lessons for modern tech mavericks.”
Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon interviewed Christopher Bonanos, author of Instant: The Story of Polaroid. Hear Chris talk about how the Polaroid became an overnight sensation, how its inventor, Edwin Land, inspired Steve Jobs, and more. Then get your hands on this beautiful book, available now.
(Pictured: the author at NYABF 2012)
Celebrate the history and future of instant photography at the Impossible Project’s New York City space. There are two reasons to rejoice: the Impossible Project is wrapping up a very successful Kickstarter campaign for their awesome Impossible Instant Lab and launching the beautiful special edition of Christopher Bonanos’ Instant: The Story of Polaroid.
Celebrate the Past and Future of Instant Film
Impossible Project NYC Space (425 Broadway)
Thursday, October 4, 6–9pm
You can hear author Christopher Bonanos on NPR’s Weekend Edition this Saturday morning, September 29. Also this weekend, get your book signed and maybe even your picture taken by the author at our table at the NY Art Book Fair.
Regarding (Instant) Warhol
This fall, be sure to check out the exhibition Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years (opens September 18, through December 31) at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, then read about how Warhol ties into the history of the Polaroid camera in Instant: The Story of Polaroid, available now for your Kindle, and in a lovely hardcover print edition.
Instant: The Story of Polaroid, coming October 2012
Very exciting, our first advances of Instant: The Story of Polaroid just arrived in the office! Available this October.