(Artwork: Screenshot of The Impossible Project)
What about all this retro and vintage stuff? Why do trends and ideas return? That a question for scientists.
But it is like it is: Periodically every 25 years, one generation, music, art and mostly fashion gets re-issued. Not always because it was good. Sometimes only because it was there. 80s fashion?
Some guys from the Netherlands for example are about to save polaroid pictures. And cameras.
“In October 2008 The Impossible Project saved the last Polaroid production plant for integral instant film in Enschede (NL) and started to invent and produce totally new instant film materials for traditional Polaroid cameras. In 2010 Impossible saved analog instant photography from extinction by releasing various, brand new and unique instant films.” [source]
Speaking of vintage ways to take a photo, we want to introduce you to really old photos. It’s The Lively Morgue. A New York Times project featuring some really cool pictures from their archives. Or as they say, “a treasure house of photographs”:
“[…] as long as you’re here, let’s agree that these photographs give lie to the idea that The New York Times is not a picture newspaper. While it’s true that The Times didn’t always use photos to best advantage, it was in the game beginning in 1896, when it first published an illustrated Sunday magazine. By the time of the First World War, readers were seeing extraordinary images every week of the conflict ravaging Europe.” [source]
(Artwork: Screenshot of The Lively Morgue tumblr website)
And to mention that: We didn’t discover this great archive ourselves. It actually was Anna of the really cool “Spectacles” blog. Check out her post about The Lively Morgue.