Lady Gaga Continues The Proud Tradition Of Polaroids In Pop Culture

In addition to being a fashion icon, a remarkable live performer and a musical genius, Lady Gaga just added another line to her ever-growing resumé: She's the new creative director for "specialty products" at Polaroid, the venerable instant camera company. They'll be unveiling their partnership at the Consumer Electronics Show and hope to have both old-school and digital products available by the end of the year.

Gaga's involvement in Polaroid adds yet another chapter to the company's involvement in pop culture. From Outkast to "Clueless," Polaroids have shown in all corners of the pop culture landscape.


Director Christopher Nolan first grabbed the attention of the masses with this twisty noir flick, which centered around a guy named Leonard (played by Guy Pearce) who has a brain condition that doesn't allow him to make new memories. What does he do to supplement his brain? He takes a ton of snaps with his trusty Polaroid camera.

Outkast, "Hey Ya!"

When Andre 3000 dropped this single from Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, "Shake it like a Polaroid picture" became a pop culture catch phrase for most of 2003 and 2004.


When Wynona Ryder is trying to prove that her new house is haunted by ghosts, what does she use? Some rapid-fire snaps taken on a Polaroid camera.

Shwayze, "Polaroid"

This laid back jam, from Shwayze's debut album, is all about Cisco Adler wishing he had a Polaroid camera when he met his latest female companion.

"Paranormal Activity"

One of the things that leads Katie and Micah to realize that something is definitely wrong in their house, Micah finds a partially burned Polaroid in the attic of their house.

"Can't Hardly Wait"

In order to get back at jerky jock Mike (Peter Facinelli), nerdy William (Charlie Korsmo) takes a series of incriminating photos of him using a Polaroid. As we learn in the post-script after the movie, those photos later cost Mike his job at a car wash.

Shawn Colvin, "Polaroids"

Singer-songwriter Colvin scored her biggest hit with 1997's "Sunny Came Home," but "Polaroids" is one of her prettiest, sweetest, most heartbreaking tunes. (It appeared on her 1992 album Fat City.) The song was later covered by Boston-based singer songwriter and Mary Lou Lord for a 1996 compilation called Safe and Sound: A Benefit in Response to the Brookline Clinic Violence.


When Cher (Alicia Silverstone) goes shopping and needs to try on new clothes, she always takes a Polaroid camera with her. Why? Because she doesn't trust mirrors.

What's your favorite Polaroid moment in pop culture? Leave your picks in the comments!