It's time for our 9th book and we are going back to non-fiction: Instant: The Story of Polaroid by Christopher Bonanos.
First of all, this book is beautiful. Just published in 2012, the hardcover version is 100% color, with great images and quality paper. It's a collector's item for those who like to display photography books as well as "photography history" books. You can purchase this book at FMoPA's museum store!
How did Edwin Land come up with this idea? Did you know that this inventor was another Harvard dropout? Are you familiar with Polaroid's major contributions during WWII? How was Ansel Adams involved with this amazing company? If you enjoy history and photography, this is an excellent book for you. With only 192 pages, this book reads almost as fast as a Polaroid photo develops, well, maybe a bit longer, but it is definitely a fast read.
From the back cover: ".... Polaroid was the hottest technology company on Earth, an innovation machine that cranked out one irresistible product after another. It was even the company after which Steve Jobs is said to have modeled Apple, and the comparison is true. Job's hero, Edwin Land, Polaroid's visionary founder, turned his 1937 garage startup into a billion-dollar pop-culture phenomenon..."
"Chuck Close and Mary Ellen Mark, were (and are) particularly fond of an immense and very special Polaroid camera that produces prints 20 inches wide and 24 inches high. Fewer than a dozen of these cameras were hand-built by Polaroid; five remain active; and one, in New York, is in use almost every day. No digital equipment comes even remotely close to doing what it does." - Christopher Bonanos
Any Polaroid photo will mean a lot more to you after you understand the fascinating history behind the camera. For those who read Dorothea Lange's biography, you will love the images of her taking photos of her friends with her Model 95. But who took her picture? Ansel Adams, with his own Model 95.
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