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Product Details

  • Series: Taschen's 25th Anniversary Special Editions
  • Hardcover: 351 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen; 25th edition (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3836501899
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836501897
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

California-native Steve Crist's TASCHEN titles include André de Dienes's Marilyn, William Claxton's Steve McQueen, and The Polaroid Book.

Barbara Hitchcock is the director of cultural affairs for the Polaroid Corporation in Waltham, Massachusetts. Procures artistic photographs for Polaroid and is responsible for managing its multibillion exhibitions and art collections. She has curated several national exhibitions and is currently working with the Committee of the Photography Collection Art Museum of Harvard University in Cambridge.

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My husband loved getting this book for Christmas.
A. Oconnor
This is a handy tool for someone interested in a brief history of Polaroid film, early cameras, and the progression to modern Polaroid methods.
Jessica Frischknecht
If you love polaroids, I think you'll enjoy this book.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Pierce on March 30, 2011
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Honestly, at first this looked like something you could place on a coffee table or a dining room table, then forget about it having guests take 5 minute glances at it every now and again. What I didn't realize is how well the pictures are laid out in the book, the quality of the print, and the overall pristine wonder of the photographs inside. It still isn't really something you'd read over and over again, but if you want to be inspired, love classic photography, or maybe want a quick lesson on beginning to use polaroid photography, I'd definitely recommend this product. And let me tell you... for the price, this is easily one of the best deals on Amazon... 10 dollars for a 350 page book filled with a short history on the subject of polaroid photography, and hundreds of stunningly beautiful photographs, I can't describe how glad I am I made this purchase.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By victor lee on December 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Most readers will likely be overwhelmed and delighted from reading the
"Polaroid Book, Selections from the Polaroid Collections of Photography" not only
because of the visual appeal and variety of technical use with the images, but in
discovering how Edwin Land, the inventor, and Ansel Adams, the photographer, met
and how Adams became an integral part of the Polaroid Company.

The two met in 1948 as the first Polaroid "Land" camera was introduced to the world
providing photographs that gave an instant image to the photographer. No more
waiting for photographs by sending film off for processing.

Land hired Adams as an artistic consultant. His assignment: test cameras, film and
related photographic paraphernalia in the field and in the studio and report back.

Edwin Land finds not only a colleague and life-long friend in Ansel Adams, but a most
admired artist--a label that Land felt suited him as well. Both were captured by the art
of photography.

Adams began collecting photographs to be used as the "standard" of which to
compare the "Polaroid" results. Work by famous photographers such as Minor White,
Eliot Porter, Laura Gilpin, and Margaret Bourke-White, and others, were purchased as
"the Library Collection". This collection grew as relatively unknown photographers'
work was added which evolved into what is now "the Polaroid Collections".

This body of work wasn't simply the routine, the established, the expected of each
photographers' particular style. It evolved into experiments with often breath-taking
outcomes.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Alan Philip Stolz on May 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a classic which sold out its first printing. BUY THIS NOW! You will have, preserved on your bookshelf the essence of what Edwin Land envisioned over 65 years ago distilled in one BEAUTIFUL volume. How can the Petters Group (who now owns Polaroid) dare to banish such a beautiful art form from humanity? That's right, Polaroid has stopped making instant film and the supply may barely run through the end of this year, and all expire by the end of next year. THIS IS A CRIME AGAINST ART AND HUMANITY!! Buy the book, then go to savepolaroid.com and join us all to save this incredible art form. JUST LOOK AT THE PAGES OF THIS INCREDIBLE VOLUME!!! You will be amazed!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The Olio Bureau on September 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
On my desk at the moment is a cherished copy of "The Polaroid Book: Selections from the Polaroid Collections of Photography", published by Taschen. This book is a delightful ode to a fantastic art medium that is, unfortunately, fading out.

The immediacy and intimacy of Polaroid photography simply cannot be replicated by digital photography. Sure, you can pick up a digital camera and point and shoot all you like, but you won't have a completed, printed image sliding gracefully out of the camera and developing before your eyes. You will also not get the opportunity to dismember the image during its development and experiment with such delights as transfer printing.

Don't get me wrong, digital photography definitely has its merits and its vast possibilities - I'm a fanatic and practitioner myself. However, there is no other photographic medium that can possibly compare with the inimitable Polaroid - and it is sad to see it slowly diminish and disappear from the shelves.

The Polaroid Book is, in my opinion, a most fitting tribute to the Polaroid technology. Edited by Steve Crist, and with an introductory essay by Barbara Hitchcock (Director of The Polaroid Collections and written in September 2004), the book includes 254 images and a brief overview of some of the more significant cameras sold by the company.

One of the downsides of this book, like all great photographic books, is that you are left feeling somewhat let down by the fact that it is not the original works that you are looking at. The temptation to pick the image up off the page, feel it and hold it is, in my case, quite overwhelming.
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