Polaroids

Our third and final installment of Polaroid people-watching at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas, as seen through the analog lens of acclaimed music blog Gorilla vs. Bear—presented by Topman and Nordstrom Men’s Shop.

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Here’s part two of our Fun Fun Fun Fest coverage from Austin, Texas, as seen through the analog lens of acclaimed music blog Gorilla vs. Bear—presented by Topman and Nordstrom Men’s Shop.

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Despite the fact that original Polaroid film is no longer in production, instant photography is far from a forgotten art. In the past few months alone, we’ve paid homage to French photographer Guy Bourdin’s vintage fashion Polaroids, talked to Band of Outsiders founder Scott Sternberg about Polaroid’ing famous comediennes, and seen impeccable instant-film festival coverage by our friends at music blog Gorilla vs. Bear.

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Parisian photographer Guy Bourdin (1928–1991), a protegé of surrealist Man Ray, is widely credited with changing the face of fashion photography.

Utterly subverting the chipper sales pitches that dominated 1950s advertising, Bourdin’s work was moody, mysterious, alluring, aloof. The scenarios he concocted invariably raised more questions than the fleeting moments he froze could answer. And while we may never understand the exact pathos the troubled artist was trying to decipher (as one collaborator suggested, “What Guy did was conduct his own psychoanalysis [in the pages of] Vogue”)—studying 98 of his rare Polaroid test-shots at length in your living room can’t hurt.

Buy the book below, as part of our French Fling Pop-In Shop—and dive deeper into Bourdin’s infamously strange life at Vogue.com.

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– GUY BOURDIN ‘POLAROIDS’ BOOK
– FRENCH FLING POP-IN SHOP

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