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The Polaroid Story

By Ruth Dunn on April 23rd 2013

There is something artistic, nostalgic and charming about the white bordered, instant Polaroid photograph that continues to engage people, even amidst our fast-paced digital society. The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Centre is currently holding a survey exhibition that explores this unique medium and its story within the history of photography.

Dash Snow, Untitled, n.d. Burned Polaroid print. Courtesy of Dash Snow Archive, New York; © Dash Snow Estate, New York City.

Dash Snow, Untitled, n.d. Burned Polaroid print. Courtesy of Dash Snow Archive, New York; © Dash Snow Estate, New York City.

For nearly forty years Polaroid cameras have continued to influence and inspire amateurs and professionals alike. The Polaroid brand is known for its innovation and responsiveness to artistic endeavours and as such its cameras have been used by the likes of Ansel Adams, Andy Warhol and Walker Evans.

The survey exhibition “The Polaroid Years: Instant Photography and Experimentation” showcases ground-breaking Polaroid pictures by forty artists, from early experimental work to more recent work.

Spanning the period from the initial release of the SX-70 camera in 1972 until the present, “The Polaroid Years” tells a more complete story of instant photography than we have seen before.

Artists represented include such pioneers of instant photography as Ansel Adams, Ellen Carey, Chuck Close, Walker Evans, David Hockney, Robert Mapplethorpe, Joyce Neimanas, Andy Warhol, and William Wegman as well as a new generation of artists including Anne Collier, Bryan Graf, Catherine Opie, Lisa Oppenheim, Dash Snow, Mungo Thomson, and Grant Worth.

About

Ruth is a Brisbane based journalist specialising in articles about visual art, photography, design and fashion. Co-founder of Raw Ink magazine, she enjoys uncovering interesting and unique events, issues and people to write about.

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  1. Joseph Prusa

    Thanks for posting

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