Jenifer Altman did it. She finished the book for our Polaroid project. 25 Polaroid photographers from all over the world say farewell to a piece of photographic history. Here's a sneaky peek at the cover:

the book

The book is available for pre-order, and will ship in the first weeks of July. It's strictly limited to 500 copies, so get it while you can.

Did I mention I'm in it? I can't wait to hold it in my hands, and browse through all the photos.

If you're living in Berlin, there's currently an exhibition on Polaroids called "The Last Ten" at the Bongout showroom.

My friend Deborah from Sydney started a blog called "everyday polaroid" some weeks ago. She asked me to contribute my every day 'roids for this week. Come on over, have a look, and say hi!

Also, 'Roid Week 2008 starts today over on Flickr. Coincidence? I think not. Even though Polaroid stops making film there's no reason not to celebrate instant photography as long as it lasts.

Jenifer Altman, a very talented Polaroid and Hasselblad (did I mention I want one of these?) shooter, is working on a project to celebrate and honour the art of Polaroid photography before it completely dies (I still have high hopes that's not gonna happen) within the next year. The project's titled "For The Love of Light", and I was invited to take part in that project, and I'm rather thrilled about that. Around mid-July the project will eventually be turned into a book which will be available to the public. The artists include awesome photographers from 10 different countries, and the result will, no doubt, be awesome.

If you want to be up-to-date about the book, there's a mailing list over at the project's website.

new-banner

The hardest part for me (as for everyone else involved I'm sure) will be to pick two Polaroids that can state the love for the most unique kind of photograph.

In other news, I got hitched in Sydney. Getting married in Australia was easier than we first thought, so we did it. A small ceremony in the park, summer, sun, beach, good friends. What's not to like? It was definitely worth it. Both the wedding, and the two weeks in Sydney.

just married


On February 9th 2008 the Polaroid Corporation announced what will most likely be the demise of an era in photography. They're closing down all their factories, and they will stop producing the famous instant film, after they made enough to last until 2009.

Why would someone care in the age of digital cameras and endless post production possibilities? The answer is simple, but at least two-fold. Firstly, there's nothing like the feeling of watching a Polaroid photo develop. Secondly, no digital effect produces the same result. Don't even get me started on the true uniqueness of a Polaroid picture.

with love from a seattle cupcake bakery

I got pretty attached to Polaroids over the last year. The technology is just fascinatingly simple but effective. I own 30 year-old cameras that still work, that are more fun to shoot with than their digital cousins.

The news were not only a bummer to me, but to thousands of people who still use Polaroids and appreciate all their unique properties. And contrary to Frank Ahrens argument that endless streams of digital photos on sites like Flickr are one of the reasons for Polaroid to shut down its former core business, I'd argue that it's the exact opposite. It's sites like Flickr or polanoid that bring new people just like me to Polaroid photography.

I seriously hope that another company will pick up the license which Polaroid is happy to sell, and continue to produce instant film. Otherwise in 2009 the era of instant photography will come to an end. So if you like Polaroids, better start making room in your fridge.

Okay, maybe that statement is a slight exaggeration. I started getting into photography about a year ago, and that was mainly thanks to my girlfriends diploma thesis. I started with a simple point & shoot, but it soon gets annoying to be held back by its restrictions, especially when there's a Nikon D80 in the same household.

While it's still fun to shoot with it from time to time, there's something I enjoy more: photographing with film. In March I got a Polaroid which kind of started that new obsession. Polaroid photos have a quality and a uniqueness that can't be found in digital photography.

mix and match recently on the red carpet

It's an expensive hobby, but it's good fun. Recently I got an SX-70, a single-lens reflex Polaroid, from a friend in Boston. That one definitely takes Polaroid photography to the next level. It's thirty years old, but is still good for excellent shots. The one on the right was taken with it.

The other affinity I have now is an analogue SLR, a BX20 made by Praktica. Almost twenty years old and one of their last products before the wall came down. My sister had one lying around unused. So there was a nice opportunity to get going with an SLR and I took it. I'm quite glad I did. That's what comes out when using an expired Lucky Film (from China) with a 50mm lens:

the devil rides a beach cruiser

I'm quite hooked to film right now. There's nothing like that excitement to watch a Polaroid develop or picking up prints after development. Sure, you get a lot of weird looks from people, especially with a Polaroid, but who cares.