Hello, friends. Welcome back to 8 Exposures, our instant film-themed Q&A series. This entry focuses on Italian photographer Gian Guido Zurli…
Q1) What kind of Polaroid camera(s) do you use?
A: I prefer mainly the SX-70 and the Automatic 100. I have a dozen Polaroid cameras. I recently bought a Graflex Crown Graphic that I would like to use with Polaroid backs.
Q2) Why do you like instant photography?
A: I like instant photography because it is pure poetry. Digital photography is too fast, you can see the result before taking a picture. How is that satisfying? This feature is killing true photography, especially fine-art photography. I’m always impatient. So I can’t wait to come back into the darkroom to see my pictures finished. Instant photography is for me the right balance between digital and analog. It’s almost fast as digital, but with the unique and romantic flavor of analogue.
Q3) What is your earliest memory of instant film?
A: Like all those born in the 70s, I received a Polaroid 600 camera as a gift. I took some pictures during carnival celebrations with other children. A few years later I found a Polaroid camera in the basement that belonged to my father. I think it was a model 340 but I’m not sure. I wanted to use it, but at that time all the dealers in the city told me that it was not possible to find the battery. Only many years later I realized that was not true and that I could use the...Read All