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Polaroid film as we know it died in 2001…and then again by its successor in 2008.
Luckily the Impossible happened.

The Impossible Project started in the Netherlands in October 2008, with the hopes of saving analog instant photography from extinction. They succeeded with its [re]invention.

Their one concrete aim was…”To keep the magic of analog Instant Photography alive by producing a new Instant Film Material.”

The first black and white Instant Film – the PX 100 and PX 600 Silver Shade First Flush, was introduced this week [colour due out this summer]. The film is for an artistic niche market [formerly mass market], and the production process was scaled down to reflect this. 1 million films will be produced in 2010, to increase to 3 million by 2011. The Impossible Project carefully selected artists and photographers to give the new film a try, some of the results of the Impossible Collection can be seen here.

In the 31,536,000 seconds The Impossible Project had to re-invent Instant Photography from scratch, about 300,000,000 Polaroid cameras were saved from becoming obsolete, and Polaroid lovers are once again able to practice their art.

via: The Independent

“This is the PEN Story in stop motion. We shot 60.000 pictures, developed 9.600 prints and shot over 1.800 pictures again. No post production!”

Wow…it is so well done…I love a really good stop motion video!
It was shot using the Olympus Pen camera. Read more about the Pen Camera here.

I saw these striking images of the Haiti disaster on the Boston.com site. I think this collection of photographs captures the depth of the devastation better than any I have seen.
Powerful, horrifying and some beautiful…

See all 40 images here.

AP Photo/Andres Leighton

AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos

FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images

THONY BELIZAIRE/AFP/Getty Images

I love these photographs by Matt Stuart. He sees the obvious in the subtle, through everyday encounters and observations.

Here are a few of my favourites, but be sure to check out his site for more.

Matt Stuart

Matt Stuart

Matt Stuart

Matt Stuart

As the mother of a 4 year old girl, I know Princesses. I live with one. Maya will wear a Princess dress every chance she gets – and as soon as that polyester, sparkly, fabric touches her, and the tiara is placed on her head, she transforms.

We were discussing the Princess phenomenon last night while in the presence of Snow White and Tiana, and wondered why it is such a huge thing for little girls. We don’t know why. Fantasy? Happy endings? I think they feel a sense of power and magic in those little dresses. Oh…to be 4.

I remember seeing photographs a while ago about Princesses’ real lives. The exhibit is called ‘Fallen Princesses’, and Dina Goldstein illustrates these perfect Princesses in not so perfect situations. They are telling and beautiful images. For anyone in Vancouver, you can see the exhibit until January 15th at The Listel Hotel.

I don’t think that I will show my daughter these photos. Not just yet…I will let her believe in Princesses just a while longer.

Dina Goldstein

Here is my Princess!

…and finally…my one and only Princess accessory!

The New York Times has an incredible collection of photos from the past 10 years. What makes them most astonishing, is that they are submissions from everyday readers, their memories of the decades’ most significant events. Sept 11 attacks, Hurricane Katrina, the Recession, Asian Tsunami…not many good news stories I am afraid. Well…except for Obama maybe.

What a decade it was. Here’s to the next 10.

This is a beautiful book, “100 Places to Remember Before they Disappear”, is a collection of 100 photos, by some of the best photographers, of places around the world at risk of disappearing or threatened by climate change. These are based on reports from UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Photograph: Jim Richardson/Getty

Some are surprising, scary even – Chicago could experience a significant increase in flooding and heatwaves due to global warming.

Photograph: Norbert Rosing/Getty

The images are striking. In Western Hudson Bay, Canada, the Polar Bear population is expected to decline by 30% in the next 30-50 years, and there is already a reduction in the survival rate of the bears.

Photograph: Sakis Papadopoulos/Getty

Climate change also poses a serious threat to the Maldives, 80% of the country is less than 1m above sea level. In the last 15 years, the sea level in the ocean surrounding the Maldives has risen by 4.5cm.  And with almost all of the human settlements, vital infrastructure and industries located close to the coast, this is a serious threat.

The book is available  for purchase online, and the images were a part of a large outdoor exhibit recently in Copenhagen.

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After months of reading this magazine online, I thought i should share. IdN is an international publication for creative people, “an international designers’ network.” Their mission is to ‘amplify and unify the design community’, and they have many methods for ensuring that this happens. They create magazines, books, dvds, and tote bags among other things! Opening an issue of IdN Magazine is like stepping into a gallery, a visual gallery – photography, illustration, typography, architecture, graphics, fashion, culture, and motion graphics cover each page, and then some! 

Thier 15th Anniversary book has been published and it is worth a look. it is over 400 pages of commissioned work by 250 creators who they have collaborated with over the past decade. This hardcover book is only 59.00, includes a DVD 9 and is available now. 

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‘What do You Love?’ looks at not only the past, but imagines what the future could be, through the eyes of some very creative people.

Just some random ffffound images that I like…

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61Kqt-xq26L._SS500_10 Years worth of classic New York Store Fronts, about a third of  which have closed, are collected in this book by James and Karla Murray.  The book not only tells a story with the great images, but with oral history from the shop owners themselves.

Gred DeLiso of Munrovia Pictures has created this short documentary about the couple and their passion for their work – photographing Store Fronts around the city. They talk about their love of graffiti and fonts, and how that led ultimately to the store front project about 10 years ago.

The book, Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York (Hardcover) is a beautiful look into what New York once was, before the chain stores and luxury condos took over.

via: doobybrain

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