Magazine article Variety

Timeless Photos from a Near-Extinct Format

Magazine article Variety

Timeless Photos from a Near-Extinct Format

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The Polaroid 20x24 camera looks downright surreal, like one of those old accordion cameras inflated beyond all reasonable proportion. It gets even wackier when you imagine a growing roster of film industry A-listers and rising stars standing in front of it.

With only five large-format Polaroids ever made and the film they use speeding toward extinction, Film Society of Lincoln Center is using some of that last precious inventory to photograph directors and actors who pass through FSLC, many of them coming to town for the New York Film Festival.

Over the last three years or so, they've amassed some 300 photos of subjects ranging from Martin Scorsese to Tilda Swinton to Shailene Woodley. (Chuck Close took early portraits of Clint Eastwood and Matt Damon, and has taken subsequent photos when he's available.)

Credit photography enthusiast Daniel H. Stern, the founder of Reservoir Capital and also the president of the Film Society, for starting the project. …

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