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Gone in an Instant - End Of An Era At Polaroid

Gone in an Instant - End Of An Era At Polaroid

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Polaroid announced that it is to stop manufacturing its legendary film. Geoff Dyer celebrates the passing of a 60-year-old art form with this collection of photographs that were found discarded in bins, puddles and other unlikely places.
Polaroid announced that it is to stop manufacturing its legendary film. Geoff Dyer celebrates the passing of a 60-year-old art form with this collection of photographs that were found discarded in bins, puddles and other unlikely places.

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07/01/2014

 
Gone in an Instant...End Of An Era At Polaroid
by Geoff Dyer
This week Polaroid announced that it is to stop manufacturing its legendaryfilm. Geoff Dyer celebrates the passing of a 60-year-old art form with thiscollection of photographs that were found discarded in bins, puddles and otherunlikely placesThese pictures were all found - on the street, in bins, or on trains - andsubmitted to the magazine Found that collects and publishes such things. Therewas a time - perhaps before the pictures themselves came into existence - whenthe people or scenes in them meant something to whoever took them. Then,possibly within moments of the image forming ("Hang on guys, that one didn'tquite work, let's try another"), possibly years later, when some of the people hadgrown old or died, they became irrelevant. They were still memories, but no oneknew whose - or why they were once thought important: memories without arememberer. Homeless. Ghosts.The locations of their rediscovery have been precisely catalogued. It is like arandom archaeology of the not-too-distant past, the almost-present. Likepennies in a sofa, lost photos are always turning up - but, being Polaroids, thesehave an aura of their own because each picture is unique, a one-off. There wasnever a negative from which duplicate prints could be made.This aura is especially strong just now, following the announcement thatPolaroid is to stop making film. The medium itself is poised to become a thingof the past, a memory. Particular technologies do not just become associatedwith certain periods and places; they are an integral part of a particular periodand how it is experienced. Once the Polaroid is no longer a recording option,

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