My name is Christopher Bonanos, and I wrote INSTANT: THE STORY OF POLAROID.
In my daily life, I’m an editor at New York magazine, where I edit the “Intelligencer” section and lend a hand on coverage of culture (theater, classical music, architecture) and also some other subjects, like urbanism and real estate. I’ve been at the magazine since 1993, which is so long ago that, when I began there, I did not have a computer on my desk. I write for the magazine, too, on subjects as various as One World Trade Center, the stuff on the bottom of New York Harbor, and bad bagels. Also, a tiny story I wrote for New York in 2008 was the germ of this book.
I have written for other outlets as well, including The New York Times and Slate. I also spent a year aboard Dadwagon, a dad-blogging site that continues to run, very well, in the hands of my co-founders.
I have started work on my next book, which is a biography of the tabloid news photographer Arthur (Weegee) Fellig, one of the great characters of twentieth-century New York. The title is FLASH, and it will be published by Henry Holt in (I hope) 2017.
My first Polaroid camera was a Model 900, purchased in a secondhand-book store and antiques shop in Cranbury, New Jersey, around 1982. (It cost me $3, negotiated down from $5.) Even then, it was a weird old half-obsolete thing, requiring Polaroid roll film, which by then was growing difficult to find. I used it until the film went out of production in 1992. Since then, I have owned many (too many) Polaroid cameras, some as objects and some as working tools. These days, I shoot mostly Fuji pack film in a Model 180, and Impossible Project film in an SLR 680.
Today, I live in New York City with an amazing, excellent wife. We have a sweet, brilliant little boy who appears in hundreds of Polaroid photos.
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