A public radio documentary that takes a tender look at two modern instant photo technologies - Polaroid and digital photography - and the human connections we make with them. Anticipated release Spring 2014.
Includes interviews with...
Gus Van Sant (and his dog, Milo) - film director and photographer
Christopher Bonanos - author of "Instant: The Story of Polaroid"
Dave Bias - Vice President, USA, The Impossible Project
William Westley and Bruce Scott - PolaroidSF.com
Joe Robinson - Designers + Geeks
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The Mission District of San Francisco on a sunny Saturday afternoon. I dropped into a camera store on Valencia. And that’s when I saw
this gorgeous thing.
This, the Polaroid SX-70. My mouth went dry.
My cheeks got hot and flushed.
Forget my iPhone camera
and all the camera apps with the filters
and the buttons and the sharing.
Forget my digital camera,
in the back of a drawer.
Forget the fact that the film
for this camera is
$20-something dollars for 8 precious shots.
This handsome, brown leather-covered folding object
I had to have this camera.
Needing to have reality confirmed and experience enhanced by photographs is an aesthetic consumerism to which everyone is now addicted. --Susan Sontag
I look at my Instagram feed and a concert I was at and 15 people had the same exact picture on their phone of the exact same thing.
Do you really just want to know how to take a Polaroid? Or do you want to go deeper? We all want to connect and we all want to find a way to mean something to someone else.
somewhere around 1975. I had some money and with that money I sort of squandered it on this
four-star revamped Polaroid.
I don’t know how I afforded this - I would actually take a photograph of the actor in the storyboard set-up and I would paste the Polaroid into the place. To like say "okay we got this shot covered."
--Gus Van Sant, film director & photographer
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