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Photographer Shoots Vintage-Look Celebrity Portraits Using Polaroid Camera

Chloe Sevigny

Photographer Jay Clendenin, regularly tasked with photographing celebrities at film festivals and cons, was looking for a method of shooting that would make his celebrity portraits stand out. He found it using a Polaroid Land Camera 180 with Fuji FP-100c film. That equipment in combination with a background painted especially for the project and a rustic, 100-year-old farmer's table equals a decidedly old-fashioned charm in Clendenin's portraits. The unique look has been popular with his celebrity subjects as well. 

Among the things Clendenin llkes about the setup is that it necessitates that he and his subject slow down their fast pace and contemplate the look and feel they want. He said in Petapixel,

“It has a calming effect, as much for the subjects as it does for me. It gives everyone a chance to take a breath, slow down and to collaborate on making one or two frames that hopefully stand apart.” Clendenin continues, “I’ve always maintained that successful portraits are dependent on collaboration and having this ‘film’ on hand has helped me create an extra set of pictures that I’m really proud of.”

To see more of these "retro-innovative" celebrity portraits by Clendenin, visit his websiteInstagram and Twitter accounts.

Rob Zombie


Alison Janney (l), Elisabeth Moss (r)

Don Cheadle


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