Behind the Polaroid
A (relatively) new book by Christopher Bonanos explores the life and inventions of Polaroid founder Edwin Land.
On the companion site to the book, Bonanos, an editor at New York Magazine, writes:
Instant: The Story of Polaroid is a book about a very unusual company. In the 1960s and 1970s, Polaroid was what Apple is today: the coolest technology company on earth, the one with irresistible products, the one whose stock kept climbing way past the point of logic. In its heyday, Polaroid was an absolute innovation machine—a scientific think tank that periodically kicked out a fantastically profitable, covetable product. In fact, the late Steve Jobs expressly said that he modeled his company to a great extent after Polaroid.
Instant film should be treasured by everyone!
I’ll just be sitting here, hitting this shutter button, while the rest of the world watches football.
Lower Haight: San Francisco, CA: 2012.
Ai Weiwei BBC Documentary in its entirety. It’s an interesting perspective since, I believe, this was filmed before his publicized arrest and secret incarceration. If you have 51 minutes to spare, then sit back and watch. Full screen is recommended.
Waste Land is currently on Netflix instant view. It’s the story of artist Vik Muniz traveling to Rio where the largest landfill in the world, Jardim Gramacho, resides. The film is poetic, enriching the conversation concerning the role of art as a medium to educate. Muniz works with the pickers at the landfill who make a living collecting recyclables that are salvageable from garbage. They are a hard working, proud and optimistic, and this documentary illuminates their wonderful lives and hearts. Definitely bump up to the top spot of your queue. You won’t regret it.
Director Tim Heatherington describes what it was like to make a documentary on a rustic mountainside.
Via @wordbk haven’t seen Qbert mentioned in ages!