The Impossible Project
When Polaroid announced they were ceasing production of instant film in 2008, photography lovers around the world hoped that somebody, somewhere, would do something. And wouldn’t you know it. Someone did. The Impossible Project is a company dedicated to instant film and they recently released their first ever batch of PX Instant Film using Polaroid’s old factory and employees. The Impossible mission is not to re-build Polaroid integral film but to develop a new product with new characteristics, consisting of new optimised components, produced with a streamlined modern setup.
“Polaroid made negatives. Every Polaroid has a negative and a positive. The negative material was actually made in Boston and that equipment was de-comissioned years ago, but before they did that, they ran out miles and miles of negative and put it in cold storage. So once that negative was gone, there really wasn’t anybody to make more of it. A big part of what was impossible about the Impossible Project was trying to figure out how to make this new negative. It’s a matter of sourcing the materials and figuring out the machinery to actually make these things. Edwin Land was a scientist and chemist, but a lot of his genius was in building the stuff to make the stuff. Process engineering, I think, is the official name for it—he would not only invent a film, but invent a process to make it.”
The Impossible Project
Hermès Leica M7
Drool worthy, the Hermès Leica M7 is a limited edition release with exquisite leather finishes applied by Hermès. The body and the carrying strap of the camera are made in Swift calfskin, a drummed leather with extreme suppleness. Connoisseurs of pieces that are extraordinary in both quality and style may choose between two eye-catching varieties in “étoupe” and “orange”. Only 100 cameras are available in each of the two leather colors.
Throughout his travels in the United States, Düsseldorf-based photographer Josef Schulz took pictures of along the highways. He later digitally manipulated these images of signage to remove their message, reducing them to sculptural form. Each sign seems to be waiting to tell you something. The results are an interesting commentary on consumerism and our current economic crisis. Sign Out is currently on display at Galerie Heinz-Martin Weigand in Ettlingen.
Lola Inspired Movement
New York-based conceptual still life photographer, Joshua Scott and his partner, designer Yee Wong recently created a wonderful series of images to promote Lola, a new perfume from Marc Jacobs. In the series, he attempts to photograph the product without actually showing it — instead illustrating the ideas and emotions that combine to create the product. The series was recently awarded a well-deserved first place prize in the still life category at the The APA Awards 2009 by Advertising Photography of America.
Vans and the places where they were is a project by filmmaker and photographer Joe Stevens that documents surviving custom and conversion vans across the West and examines the dialogue which exists between a van’s design aesthetic and that of its surrounding environment. The project began in 1996 and currently consists of hundreds of images shot on 120mm film. Awesome. I always wondered what happened to all of the custom vans I remember from my childhood.
Yvan Rodic, the photographer behind the hugely popular Facehunter, has compiled a collection of his images that show his unerring sensibility for street style. He has traveled to nearly thirty countries, capturing real people, whose clothes reflect the incredible diversity of the world’s cities. He prizes character and charisma and people who wear their clothes with confidence. The result is a contemporary portfolio of what’s chic on the street, and an insightful predictor of what will be chic on the runway. Whether you’re fashion forward, backward, or sideways, you’ll find something inspiring in this radical, personal, and unpredictable book of street style around the world. Facehunter is available for pre-order.
Bright Light Bright Light
Bright Light Bright Light is the online home of Jaime Martinez, a talented photographer who was born in Monterrey Mexico in 1978 and is currently living in Mexico City. Jaime seems to be breaking new ground — especially with his incredible animated gifs. With only a few frames in each, they are amazingly captivating.
Nick Knight is among the world’s most influential photographers as well as being Director & founder of SHOWstudio, the fashion and art internet broadcasting channel. He has won numerous awards for his editorial work for Vogue, Dazed & Confused, W magazine, i-D, and Visionaire, as well as for fashion and advertising projects for clients including Christian Dior, Alexander McQueen, Calvin Klein, Levi Strauss, Yohji Yamamoto and Yves Saint Laurent.
It’s a well-known fact that I’m obsessed with vivid colors, but I have to admit—I’m in love with this series of images by Daniela Glunz, a Hamburg-based photographer. Although I haven’t been able to locate much information about the photographer, it’s obvious that these images were created in tandem with a talented makeup artist.
Armed with a few thousand dollars, a digital camera, and a couple of lights, Nigerian directors have created a $236 million industry and now Nollywood is the world’s third largest producer of feature films. Distributed solely by video cassette, the movies are a rare instance of self-representation in the mass media in Africa. Photographer Pieter Hugo assembled a team of actors and assistants and asked them to recreate Nollywood myths and symbols as if they were on movie sets. The resulting images are raw yet hauntingly beautiful.
The Sartorialist began as the personal blog of photographer Scott Schuman where he shared his favorite fashion images from the streets of New York. The site grew with his audience to include travels and the people he met along the way. New York, Paris, Milan, Florence, and more. Schuman recently sealed a publishing deal with Penguin to produce a 500 page photography book that will undoubtedly be a must-have for anyone with voyeuristic tendencies and a curiosity for style.