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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

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.

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Matt Stuart

Matt Stuart

Matt Stuart

Just some random ffffound images that I like…

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Bar Tender | San Antonio, TX | 1-Person Household | Goes to sleep at 8AM and wakes up at 4PM daily. | 2008

Bar Tender | San Antonio, TX | 1-Person Household | Goes to sleep at 8AM and wakes up at 4PM daily. | 2008

These images are very telling. Have a peek inside the refrigerators of ordinary people and you will also get a look into their lives. “You Are What You Eat,” is an exhibit by photographer Mark Menjivar exploring hunger and our society, via. the contents [or lack] of refrigerators. 

“…a refrigerator is both a private and a shared space. one person likened the question, “may i photograph the interior of your fridge?” to asking someone to pose nude for the camera. each fridge is photographed “as is.” nothing added, nothing taken away. ”

They are sad, messy, tidy, excessive, healthy & not, just like I imagine the lives of the owners to be.

via: GOOD

Street Advertiser | San Antonio, TX | 1-Person Household | Lives on $432 fixed monthly income | 2007

Street Advertiser | San Antonio, TX | 1-Person Household | Lives on $432 fixed monthly income | 2007

wet-dreamsHave a look at these photographs manipulated by photographers and graphic designers. Creative Nerds has featured 22 pretty incredible images.

These are not your average photoshop users…eggs

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A stunning image and one that speaks volumes about the time.

Flickr now hosts a Library of Congress Photostream. Some of the collections include ‘Women Striving Forward, 1910-1940, Abraham Lincoln, and World War 1. There are some incredible images and stories, and the site is updated on a regular basis, in an attempt to increase The Libraries online content, so check in often.

The above image taken during the Great Depression, by Dorothea Lange, is one of my favourites.
“Florence Thompson with three of her (7) children in a photograph known as “Migrant Mother.” For background information, see “Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother‘ photographs …”  I also found a link to a story about one of the children in the photo who is now 77 years old. She said that the photo brought ‘shame and determination’ to her family.

Below is an image of Mrs. Ella Watson, taken by Photographer Gordon Parks in 1942.

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via: mashable

 

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I am taking this opportunity to feature an ‘up-and-coming’ young photographer.  
Maya Quan, my feisty 4 year old.
These shots were taken on her pink [naturally] Fisher Price digital camera, on a road trip to Oma and Opa’s house.

Enjoy…!

create-2As our world gets smaller, there are more and more projects popping up that aim to connect us.  And not just in the digital way.  the disposable memory project is a global photography project.  Cameras were dropped around the world, people took photos, passed them on, then returned them for developing and uploading to Flickr. Some cameras travelled as many as 12,000 miles recording memories from many different countries from as many different users.

Here are some stats that were posted for their 1st Birthday – which is today.

75 Cameras
30 Cities
22 Countries
5
 major regions of the world
Over 30,000 miles travelled
15 cameras found
Over 100 people involved 
Almost 160 images in our flickr group
3 cameras returned!

An interesting concept, and one that is being adapted in different ways. 

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There is a similar project called Photochaining –  “a continuous project where people practise the art of leaving memory cards in public places to be picked up and used by others, who then do likewise”.  

You take a photo, leave the memory card and a note about the project in a public spot.  The finder then uploads the last image taken, takes one of their own, then leaves it for the next person to repeat the process, and so on…
There is an element of trust here, it is easy for the finder to just take the memory card and stop the chain. Have a look at some of the photos from those honest ‘finders’ using the project as it was meant to be.

3 creatives travelled around Rome, Madrid, Paris and London planting cheerful Havaianas all over Europe.

via: Neo2

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