Daily Dose Pick: 98 Bowery

Christopher Walken played him in the movie Basquiat, but the creative life of Marc H. Miller transcends that singular moment via his website, 98 Bowery.

Landing a loft on NYC’s infamous Bowery in the late ’60s, Miller blossomed as an artist, curator, journalist, and publisher. After organizing the very first punk art exhibition in 1978, he migrated to Amsterdam and shot Polaroid portraits in the red-light district, before returning to the Bowery to make videos about artists, write a column for the East Village Eye, and organize museum shows — a lifestyle that’s now amusingly and thoroughly documented online. … Read More

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Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stunning Polaroid Photography

Andrei Tarkovsky is considered by many to be the most influential Soviet filmmaker of the post-war era. As Ingmar Bergman once said, “Tarkovsky for me is the greatest [director], the one who invented a new language, true to the nature of film, as it captures life as a reflection, life as a dream.” In films such as Solaris, The Mirror, Nostalghia, and The Sacrifice, his poetic, wide-angle shots often resemble still photographs. This aesthetic translates in a series of Polaroids taken by the director in Russia and Italy between 1979 and 1984, recently digitized by a Russian blog. View a selection of our favorites after the jump. … Read More

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Design Porn: Pretty Cameras

Summer is around the corner, and while we love any excuse to take pictures, the hot weather is prime photography season. Whether you take snapshots at barbecues or outdoor concerts or Coney Island or out in nature, bright, sunny days are always conducive to a good photo. So, come May, we tend to find ourselves ogling new cameras and fantasizing about throwing down for one. If you’re also yearning for a new art toy, take a gander at the new models we’ve rounded up, from pretty Polaroids and wacky Lomography cams to homemade pinhole models and DIY designs you can assemble yourself. … Read More

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The Impossible Project Launches New Polaroid Film

You may have heard rumblings that Polaroid film will be back in one form or another, and not just in shades of Fujifilm. Instead, The Impossible Project is launching two new types of film in limited supply, starting this Thursday, March 25. The folks behind the project outfitted a selection of artists worldwide with its new Silver Shade material embodied in a type of instant film called PX100 First Flush, which yields sepia-tinted monochrome prints. (Color film users will have to wait until the end of year to get their fix.)

We’ve got highlights from The Impossible Collection’s online database of photos taken using the new PX100 FF, after the… Read More

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The Polaroid Prince: New Work by Jeremy Kost

Documenting chic club kids, stylish celebrities, and flamboyant drag queens with ready-in-an-instant Polaroid prints for the past five years, Jeremy Kost has developed an influential following in New York’s downtown art world, as well as on the international fashion scene. The subject of solo shows at Washington DC’s Conner Contemporary Art… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. It looks like Polaroid’s photography collection — which includes 627 stunners from Ansel Adams — will hit the auction block. [via WSJ]
2. Michael Phelps was not injured in a car crash outside of Baltimore last night, but if this ends with him apologizing to America on the Today Show for a… Read More

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While You Were Drinking: The Weekend’s Top 5 Cultural Stories

1. The California Supreme Court’s Prop 8 decision will be announced at 10 a.m. this morning. [via DTB]

2. Find out who won what at Cannes [via Guardian]

3. Jay Bennett ( formerly of Wilco) died yesterday, and some people are pointing fingers at the band. [via Gawker]

4. A group of… Read More

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Obamamania, Unauthorized and Lip-synched [Links]

Books: Google’s next takeover: the literary world

Dance/Opera: Jim Carrey as 50 Cent’s newest back-up dancer

Design: Michelle and Malia get all dolled up

Film: Benjamin Button is broke

Music: The Inauguration: Milli Vannilli style?

Television: Weirdest Celeb Engagement… no, really

Theatre: Tabloid star takes on Broadway

Visual… Read More

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Five Polaroid Photographers Who Should Get More Film

As Polaroid photography slowly marches toward its final days, poor David Hockney must be rolling in his grave. While you should be able to get your hands on film well into next year, die hard fans know that this is the final month that it’s being produced. Thank your digital camera.

For artists who work in the medium, it’s time to start stockpiling resources; after the jump, a few of our favorite emerging talents who we hope already have a good head start. … Read More

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