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Polaroid after digital: technology, cultural form, and the social practices of snapshot photography

Buse, P 2010, 'Polaroid after digital: technology, cultural form, and the social practices of snapshot photography' , Continuum, 24 (2) , pp. 215-230.

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      Abstract

      The essay is part of a larger project on the cultural history of Polaroid photography and draws on research done at the Polaroid Corporate archive at Harvard and at the Polaroid company itself in Waltham and Concord Massachusetts. It sets out to make an addition to the understanding of the new social practices generated by digital photography, but does so by examining an old technology rendered obsolete by the new. It outlines the recent history and decline of Polaroid and identifies the specific properties of the Polaroid image: its speed of appearance, its elimination of the darkroom, and the singularity of the final print. It then addresses the significance of the affinities and differences between the old and new ‘instant’ photographies, particularly in terms of the snapshot practices that they encourage.

      Item Type: Article
      Additional Information: This is a preprint of an article whose final and definitive form has been published in Continuum © 2010 Continuum is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10304310903363864
      Themes: Media, Digital Technology and the Creative Economy
      Memory, Text and Place
      Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Arts & Media > Communication, Cultural & Media Studies Research Centre
      Journal or Publication Title: Continuum
      Publisher: Taylor & Francis
      Refereed: Yes
      ISSN: 1030-4312
      Depositing User: P Buse
      Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2011 13:15
      Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 18:16
      URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/18795

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