A photography project. On Polaroid. Of folk that make music. And not the new Polaroid, the original 600 instant film that ceased production in 2008.
James Perou started in 2007 with four portraits of We Are Scientists; he took his 2,000th shot earlier in the year, a photograph of Jarvis Cocker. When the film runs out (it’s way out of date and starting to degrade), so does the project: James’ plan is to gather all the shots together for an exhibition and a book. We met him shooting Unkle, just before the interview that closes this issue. And he also caught our last cover star, Kate Nash, over the summer. Other subjects include Stormzy, The 1975 and Dinosaur Jr. See, James has rules. One Polaroid per person. All members of a band. (It took three years to complete Flaming Lips’ entry.) No direction to the subject. And he has to find them interesting. Which doesn’t explain Ellie Goulding but we’ll let it pass. Says James: “I love that each shot is a unique artefact; there's no negative or digital file to print multiple copies from or manipulate. There will only be the photo that you have in your hand, and I think that makes it a little bit special. It's meant that I can shoot quickly and with limited setup. [But] it's also a little bit painful to be in the death-throes of the film I love to use.”
Clockwise from top left: Andrew W.K., Lynn Gunn (PVRIS), Matthew Healy (The 1975), Kelli Mayo (Skating Polly), Kayus Bankole (Young Fathers).