Finding Nostalgia: A Book of Found Polaroids

The news of Polaroid’s decision to stop production of instant film, has made us nostalgic for the early days of instant gratification. FOUND magazine’s 2006 book FOUND Polaroids is a voyeuristic glimpse into the lives of strangers through the rare (and dying) medium.

The news of Polaroid's decision to stop production of instant film, has made us nostalgic for the early days of instant gratification.

_ FOUND magazine_'s 2006 book FOUND Polaroids is a voyeuristic glimpse into the lives of strangers through the rare (and dying) medium. A collection of Polaroid photos lost and forgotten on streets, sidewalks, and homes, the book is surprisingly heart warming (a photo of a mother and child with their newborn), funny (a defaced snapshot of a rival), sad and mysterious (a woman weeping in front of a basket of fries).

In a format largely disregarded by "serious" photographers, this collection of pictures is at once more compelling and intriguing than many other photo collections, and argument enough to keep instant film alive.
—Kathleen Davis
Assistant Editor