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Gentlemen Take Polaroids

Gentlemen Take Polaroids



‘Now there's a girl about town

I'd like to know

I'd like to slip away with you

And if you said you love me

How could I mind?

Gentlemen take polaroids

They fall in love, they fall in love’


'Breathe life into me

Spin me around

And I'll just sit and wonder why

It's just a foreign town with a foreign mind

Why is everything so cut and dry?'



‘Gentlemen Take Polaroids’ was well received by critics. At the time ’Smash Hits’ magazine described the sound as ‘If Brian Eno, rather than Bryan Ferry, had rerouted the original direction of Roxy Music, this might well have been the result…’ Despite such critical acclaim, the single peaked at number 60 in the UK charts in October 1980.


From 1982 onwards, lead singer David Sylvian developed a form of Polaroid montage photography. His work was exhibited at the Hamilton Gallery in London, with further exhibitions in Tokyo, Milan and Turin. Some examples of the pictures are are linked below, it’s certainly an interesting style:


Mrs. J, Stary Miasto, Warszawa

Palace of Culture, Warszawa

EP07, Dworzec Centralna, Warszawa


Pictures taken and edited on iPhone. Applications used: Photos and Polaroid Fx on iPhone, images combined using Photoshop on Mac.

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Uploaded on April 30, 2018