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Found Polaroids Hardcover – 28 Mar 2007

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  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Quack!Media (28 Mar. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756006066
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756006068
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 17.1 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,344,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jason Bitner, co-creator of FOUND Magazine recently released a collection of found studio photos, "Laporte, Indiana" (Princeton Architectural Press).

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Found Polaroids is an interesting anthology of pictures picked up and sent in to Found Magazine. Each left-hand page contains a brief caption: where the photo was found and perhaps a few thoughts about the origins or meaning of the image. The right-hand page is the photograph itself. The format is very simple and seems to have disappointed other reviewers, but I found this to be a rewarding book. The best pictures are deeply mysterious: who are these people and places? Why were the polaroids taken and why were they later lost?
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Format: Hardcover
i was very kindly given this book as a present and the person who bought it for me was spot on when they thought it would be right up my street. And that's just where many of these polaroid photographs were found, right up somebody's street, in someone's yard, on a picnic table, in a puddle etc. etc. Each photo is lovingly spaced out onto a page with a short descritpion of where it was found on the facing page and so there is plenty of lebensraum for you to digest each one. There are some dowwnright beautiful, some frankly bizarre and some very intriguing. Some battered, some bruised and some very fuzzy indeed. This book is a treat.
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Format: Hardcover
Polaroid photos are mesmeric and beautiful... there's something magical about them. The white frame, and the fact that a photo taken 30 seconds ago looks vintage - polaroids make you feel like you're peering through a window or looking glass to something that happened in the 1970s.

So this book ought to be extraordinary. Combine polaroid photography, and the voyeurism of seeing into other people's worlds and it should be the best example of books like this. But it isn't.

The photos on the front cover aren't included and, unfortunately, they're the best ones. There are several which are just glare, from the sun, or from the flash reflecting, I don't know. Many are blurred to the point where you can't quite decipher what's going on, and the bulk are made up of photos of empty roads, or buildings or pieces of furniture.

There are several of people, and one or 2 that will make you wonder what on earth was afoot at the time - you'll be immensely tickled - but they've put all the best ones on the front cover and, again, not repeated them inside. It's disappointing as it misrepresents the content an awful lot. However, the accompanying notes to say where each polaroid was found are interesting, and certainly add to it.

I don't regret buying it; I'd coveted it for months. But have now bought some polaroid film for myself, and am in the process of covering my fridge in little windows to 40 years ago... it's much more fun.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9cf142c4) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
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HASH(0x9d850d08) out of 5 stars Very disappointed 21 Sept. 2007
By Sue DeNym - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I feel really ripped off. I thought this book would be more like the other "Found" titles. Instead, it has one picture every other page - with only the briefest captions. Too little for way too much!
14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d850f54) out of 5 stars Great coffetable book for those who appreciate the beauty of a Polaroid 25 Nov. 2007
By MrsProuty - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
True, this book is simplistic in its photo descriptions, but the photos really do the talking. Don't expect to get a voyeuristic glimpse into the lives of complete strangers; the photos are more subtle than that. From descriptions that I have read, I get the feeling that this is more of an "art book" than the other Found books. There is an indescribable charm surrounding this photography medium: Polaroids have a certain mystery and even poignancy about them, and this book does a nice job of showcasing that. This isn't the type of book that I'd go out and buy for myself, but it's nice to give/receive as a gift.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c9a91b0) out of 5 stars They are found poloroids, what do you expect? 17 Oct. 2008
By GO AWAY. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I don't understand the bad reviews of this book. It's very simple but it is what it says it is, FOUND photos. They are supposed to leave you to wonder not to have a detailed story behind each one. That is what makes the book interesting! You are left to wonder what went on, who is in the photo, and the story behind it.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c9a9510) out of 5 stars Art book or not... 29 Sept. 2008
By C. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
you'd be better off looking at Flickr. A good number of these photos are not interesting at all, granted there are a few you'll stare at and wonder about, but the vast majority of these feel like they should have remained lost.
HASH(0x9c9a972c) out of 5 stars Coffee For The Brain Book Reviews 25 July 2011
By A. Maurer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I read through this very quickly. I cannot remember how I came across this title to be read, but it was suggested to me somehow. Anyways, I did not spend a lot of time with this book. I found the pictures interesting and the stories interesting to read in terms of how they were discovered and what the pictures were about, but nothing that really grabbed me. I enjoyed my time reading the book, but don't think there is anything that is going to stick with me. Maybe I expected more or more emotional pull from the stories, but it just did not happen. It is a reminder about how much we leave behind about ourselves in this day and age. Here these Polaroids had to be planned. You just did not go and snap 1000 pictures and delete the ones you no longer want. With so much social media our whole lives are documented. It shall be interesting to see what develops in the future.
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