EXHIBITION // Carlo Mollino’s Erotic Photography at Gagosian Gallery (2014)

By Dr. John Parras, for ASX, December 2014

Despite its mass popularity as, basically, a family toy, the Polaroid instant camera has acquired a considerable reputation in fine art photography since the camera’s launch in 1947. Artists such as Ansel Adams, Robert Mapplethorpe, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, David Hockney, and Lucas Samarras have all taken the Polaroid for artistic spins. More recently, the tactile, analog nature of the Polaroid instant shot has helped distinguish it as a species of Slow Art—artisanal, non-digital, nostalgic, retro—prompting the Impossible Project to step in to manufacture instant film when, in 2008, the Polaroid company announced it would cease production. Because instant photos have no negatives and are not easily reproduced, a Polaroid shot sports the badge of being a unique record of a given moment. Because the film develops in front of your eyes, it flaunts a flair for magic. And because the instant’s patina is imperfect—because it is not afraid to show its flaws—it feels downright human and personal.

The current show at Gagosian Gallery, “Carlo Mollino: Polaroids,” offers a peek into a relatively unknown trove of instants—a series of erotic portraits shot in the 1960s by Turinese architect and designer Carlo Mollino. Despite being a flamboyant playboy who got his kicks rocketing down ski slopes, stunt piloting and racing cars, Mollino kept these steamy photographs private until his death. If the show weren’t fantastic, it would be naughty. (No wonder there’s a heavy, faded-red curtain covering one of the gallery’s glass walls.) Yet there is undeniable beauty in the glossy, slightly metallic hues on view here. These are not the bold colors of today’s touch-screens, but rather the washed, brassy, chemical tones of the Past.

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You can reads about our Book Review of Carlo Mollino's Polaroids here.

NEWS FLASH // Fujifilm Instax Wide 300

A new Instax from FujiFilm bringing back the traditional polaroid sizes.

The redesigned INSTAX Wide 300 is a high quality instant film camera that uses large format INSTAXinstant film and has a contemporary and professional design for better image composition and easierhandling. The INSTAX Wide 300 uses an optical viewfinder for easier image composing, a lens ring dialwith two-range focus zone setting, and a tripod socket for enhanced shooting capabilities.

 The new INSTAX Wide 300 also features a built-in electronic flash that automatically adjusts light levels depending on the distance to the subject. Users can select Fill Flash when shooting a subject in a backlight scene, while a Lighten-Darken control adds high-key and low-key effects to images.Additionally, the INSTAX Wide 300 includes a close-up lens adapter for macro shooting as close as 15.5”from the subject.

 The INSTAX Wide 300 uses INSTAX Wide instant film that is double the size of INSTAX Mini film. It isideally suited for fashion photography, group shots at parties and events, landscape scenes, as well asmany practical business applications including insurance, law enforcement and record keeping.

Price $US150 | Twin Pack of 20 Exposures $US32

Source (http://www.fujifilmusa.com/)(http://www.camerapro.com.au/)(http://www.digitaltrends.com/)

instant color 8x10 without a Polaroid processor

by New55 and 20x24 Studio

New55 and 20x24 Studio demonstrate how to process an instant 8x10 Polacolor print without the expensive Polaroid 8x10 Processor and film holder. Nafis Azad demonstrates how to cut the material down to fit in a conventional 8x10 cut film holder and then assemble the positive/negative/pod in a paper envelope and processor through rollers originally designed to bend sheet metal.

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Source (new55project.blogspot.com)

Photography News // Five Reasons Why We Need to Keep Medium and Large Format Instant Film Alive

I’ve been experimenting this past week since it was #roidweek: I was playing around with my Polaroid 210 Land Camera and Fujfilm 100C and 3000B Instant film. On a whim, I took photos of friends, co-workers, people I just met at a bar, and landscapes during the rain. And with each pull of the 3 x 4 inch film through the rollers and enduring the waiting process of anywhere from 15 seconds to 2 minutes followed by the final reveal, I saw faces light up in people who were never even into the arts.

And though digital photography does give us something essential, we need to understand that photography is also about falling in love and that sentimentality coupled with acceptance of all formats and others needs to come first. After this past week, I feel that we need to keep parts of us as a photographic community as a whole alive.

Here are five reasons why we need to save Medium Format and Large Format Instant film.

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Source (http://www.thephoblographer.com) 

Tutorial // Beginners Guide To Polaroid Part 1 & 2

Bellamy Hunt over at Japan Camera Hunter posted a great article by Phil Shen all about Polaroid cameras, its a great read so we wished to share it here in part for everyone at WECC. Tyler is in the middle of writing an article on 2 Polaroid camera acquired for a book project he is working on. So until we get our article posted enjoy.

Part 1

Phil Shen

Phil Shen

Beginner’s Guide to Polaroid: Part I (Integral) by Phil Shen


Phil Shen recently contacted JCH about contributing to the site. And when I asked him what he wanted to share, it was a guide to Polaroid cameras. Well, that is something that I want to read, and I hope you do too.


You saw some cool Polaroid photos online and you’re wondering how to start experimenting with the magic of instant film. I got hooked when I saw some amazing raw portraits being taken with Polaroid cameras. Here, I’ll break down the quickest and simplest ways to start making your own analog keepsakes.

The Polaroid cameras that are still useable today are divided into two categories: the integral route or the peel-apart route. First, I’ll focus on the integral route, because that’s most people’s gateway to Polaroid addiction.

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Part 2

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Beginner’s Guide to Polaroid: Part II (Peel-Apart Film) by Phil Shen
Phil is back with part two of this fantastic guide into the world of polaroid. Come and learn a bit more about peel apart film.

Peel-apart, or pack, film is actually a chronological step back from integral in the Polaroid film lineage. Using peel-apart film is a bit fussier than using integral — after pulling your picture from the camera and waiting for it to develop, you peel the paper off the print — but the format is absolutely worth it for the results you get. Sometimes integral film can be pegged as lo-fi, but with peel-apart film, you can get high-quality prints instantly. There’s still something magical about a print that’s produced through real-world light and chemical processes.

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Phil’s Website: http://kptwo.com 

Edited by Spencer Foxworth: https://twitter.com/spencerfoxworth