Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Art of Paul Giambarba

Is this guy cool, or what?

I wrote about my buddy Paul Giambarba in early November (scroll way down or click here). Paul is a writer/artist/designer/illustrator who, among many other accomplishments, designed the packaging, branding, and "feel" that helped make Polaroid cameras a big hit in the '50s and '60s. He was contacted by a team trying to revive Polaroid film after the company recently stopped making it, and on December 18 will be the star of a special event at the International Center of Photography in New York City (details on Paul's blog).

Check it out. The special "Paul Giambarba Edition" will comprise 15 kinds of original Polaroid film, carefully preserved and redesigned by Paul for the occasion, plus a special-edition camera kit designed by Paul. It's both a celebration of Polaroid's contribution to photography, culture and design, and a terrific recognition for Paul. If I lived 3000 miles closer I'd be there. If you're in the New York area and that sounds intriguing, stop by to see Paul between 5 and 7:30 p.m., and tell him I sent you.


Anonymous said...

is this true?
it´s Paul Giambarba polaroid film trustable?, the only place i found that film is in but i´m not sure of this website. Any recommendations??? please help me.

Brian Fies said...

I'm not an expert on Polaroid film, sorry. I know some original film is still available via second or third parties but don't know who they are. All I can suggest is that you research "The Impossible Project," which is the name of the company reviving the film, to see what their plans and products are.