October 2010

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No. 9

Light Protection

Josie Keefe, | 2157 days ago

Frank is back with another installment of Impossible Solutions! In this video Frank teaches us how to protect light sensitive film while its developing to avoid overexposure. If you are planning on shooting Color Shade, Silver Shade, or if your images ever turn out white, be sure to watch this video for some quick tips to get beautiful results.

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No. 10

There is work to be done.

Frank Love, | 2155 days ago

Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010 - 4-6pm
Levi's Photo Workshop (formerly Deitch Projects)
18 Wooster St. New York
NY

Beginning Friday, Oct. 8 and stretching through Dec. 22nd, Levi’s second Workshop lands in New York City. Where the San Francisco Workshop was all about printing, the NYC Workshop will be all about photography. According to the Workshop site:

New York City has long been the photographer’s muse. And to celebrate this city and its people, Levi’s® is opening their second community-based venue for collaboration and creative production: The Levi’s® Photo Workshop. These public facilities feature a professional-grade studio, vintage camera rental, and a myriad of other bits and bobs to keep you shooting in style. For several months, we are inviting leaders from a variety of cultural fields, non-profit organizations, artists and the general public to share valuable resources.

If you’re in the greater New York City area on Saturday October 9 from 4-6pm, please join Anne Bowerman and Dave Bias of Impossible America at the first of TWO presentations at Levi’s Photo Workshop. We will focus on the brief but illustrious history of the Impossible Project and touch on how we all came together, what we have had to do to create new film, and a brief look into our future. The Workshop is open to the public all day long, so feel free to check it out early and stay for our presentation.

We will have film and cameras on hand to demonstrate, and in conjunction with the first Levi’s Photo Workshop theme – “Photographing New York” – we will be encouraging everyone to use this weekend’s Open House New York event as an opportunity to snap some great instant pictures of our fantastically photogenic city.

See further information here about The Levi’s® Photo Workshop »
Read our blog post about our Open House New York Contest »

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No. 11

PX600 UV+ is Arriving Today!

Frank Love, | 2154 days ago

Come by the Space today and get our new and improved PX600 Film!

Available for $23 for a pack of 8, in store and Online

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No. 12

Impossible Master Class

Frank Love, | 2151 days ago

Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010 - 2-5pm
Levi's Photo Workshop
18 Wooster St. New York
NY 10013

Open now through Dec. 22nd, Levi’s brings the second Workshop to New York City. Where the San Francisco Workshop was all about printing, the NYC Workshop will be all about photography.

If you’re in the greater New York City area on Tuesday October 12 from 2-5pm, please join Anne Bowerman, Dave Bias and Frank Love of Impossible America at the 2nd in an ongoing series of presentations at Levi’s Photo Workshop.

This particular workshop – “Impossible Master Class” – will focus on the actual use of Impossible PX and PZ films with tons of tips and tricks for getting the best results from your vintage Polaroid camera. We will also discuss manipulation techniques, storage and preservation of your precious shots, as well as scanning and printing suggestions.

We will have film and cameras on hand so you can go forth into Soho to snap some shots – then return to us for one-on-one suggestions and tips.

See further information here about The Levi’s® Photo Workshop »

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No. 13

Patrick Sansone's "100 Polaroids"

Frank Love, | 2150 days ago

Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 6-9pm
The Impossible Project NYC Space
425 Broadway
Lvl 5. New York. NY

The Impossible Project Space NYC is proud to invite you to the New York launch party, exhibition & book signing for “100 Polaroids” by Patrick Sansone.

You might know Pat from the bands Wilco and The Autumn Defense, but we bet you didn’t know that he was an instant photographer as well! Pat will be on hand to sign his brand new book “100 Polaroids” and speak with the crowd about his inspirations and techniques. A selection of his original prints from the book will be exhibited on our south wall and Pat has put together a special music playlist for the event.

There will be free wine, books for sale, and special on-the-spot discounts on Impossible products.

Two notes about this event:
• Due to limited space, we ask that you please RSVP. Either call 212-219-3254 or send an email to nycspace@theimpossibleproject.com
• Please, no Wilco paraphernalia

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No. 14

Patrick Sansone's "100 Polaroids" Exhibit Extended

Frank Love, | 2147 days ago

For anyone who missed the book signing, if you’re feeling left out, didn’t make it because of the rain, or just heard about it too late, we’ve decided to extend the exhibit for one week. Come in to see 42 original images we have on display from the 100 in the book. We also have SIGNED and NUMBERED copies of the book for sale here in the space for $49.99 while supplies last. Don’t miss out again!

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No. 15

Spooky Double Exposure Contest

Frank Love, | 2144 days ago

The IMPOSSIBLE Project is hosting a Spooky Double Exposure Contest Here on Flickr! Post your spoooookiest double exposure shots and you could win FREE Impossible film!

• all images MUST be taken with instant film
• contest runs 10/13/10 through 10/31/10
• winners will be chosen on 11/01/10

PRIZES!

first place: 3 packs PZ600 film
second place: 2 packs PZ600 film
third place: 1 pack PZ600 film

Also, if you come into the NYC Space on Friday 10/29, or Saturday 10/30, in costume, you’ll get a 10% discount on ANY PURCHASE!

No. 16

Spectra Double Exposure How-To

Frank Love, | 2144 days ago

Because no Spooky Double Exposure contest is complete without some fancy techniques, here’s a video we made for how to do simple double exposures on your Spectra System camera.

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No. 17

Protecting your PX600 UV+ Images!

Frank Love, | 2136 days ago

The Impossible team are constantly trying to test & improve techniques on preserving the original images that come out of your camera. The newest solution we’ve been trying, is to cello tape the back of the images along the rails / framework to stop air or moisture getting in or out. And try to store the images upright or stick them on your wall and we’ve found success in freezing them in a zip lock bag for a few days also. This has proven, so far, to prevent fading or shifting in tone.

No. 18

Buying an SX 70

Josie Keefe, | 2136 days ago

This short video gives you a list of common problems to look out for when buying a vintage SX 70 online or at a flea market. Frank explains how to visually check to make sure the camera is in working order; he lists the most frequent problems and what to ask the seller to ensure you are buying a quality camera.

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No. 19

Special Halloween Costume Discount!

Frank Love, | 2134 days ago

Come by the NYC Space Friday 10/29 or Saturday 10/30 in costume (or with your costumed pet) and receive a 10% discount off your purchase!

Don’t forget our Spooky Double Exposure Contest on Flickr submissions end Sunday night, so get out there and upload them to our contest group to enter. Winners take home FREE Impossible Film!

We also have a Spectra double exposure tutorial in the Tutorial section

Don’t miss out!

No. 1202

8 X 10 Portrait Series: Massimiliano Muner 'Laugh'

Amy Heaton, | 656 days ago

'Laugh' by Massimiliano Muner

The series of portraits ‘Laugh’ (2014) is the first project from Impossible pioneer Massimiliano Muner which deals with the human figure, as opposed to the rhythmically decomposed pictures of pop icons which typically characterize his work.

In his works Flag Series (2011), Pop Art Revisited (2012), Heaven (2013), Massimiliano Muner used to decompose and recompose every picture with rhythmical cuts that play with the time of the image, dilating and accelerating it, but always sticked to instant photography. In ‘Laugh’, Massimiliano Muner works with the female figure, placing his model Marta Melle on a black background with a neat and very classical result, obtaining five portraits of the same subject using a 8×10 instant film and a view camera.

The irregular haze reveals images which are static and, at the same time, soft and elegant. In this series the surfacing of a smile is observed like a bird’s taking off: initially still, folded up; then an uncertain dimple and the wings are spreading; a dash and gravity is defeated. The delicate distension of her lips develops into a smile with a certain degree of irregularity. Keeping track of all the instants that precede this distension is for Massimiliano Muner a way to hark back, more loosely, to his pictoral composition.

“Taking pictures using a larger Impossible film has really been a great experience for me, not as great as that I had when I used a Polaroid for the first time – quite late, in 2008 – but it did amplify the emotion I got back then. Composing an image behind such a large ground glass was really exciting. It really is an extremely slow, meditative kind of photography, it takes a lot of internalization, much more than that required when you use common Polaroid cameras.” Massimiliano explains.

Looking at the pictures of the ‘Laugh’ series Eadweard Muybridge’s (1830-1904) experimentations and studies on movement come to mind, his birds on black background in particular, flying on paper regardless of the orthogonal lines of measure. In ‘Laugh’ it is not the feathered wings of a bird that spread from frame to frame but lips, teeth and eyes; what we see is not a bird taking off but a glance widening up, timidly at first but then openly. The succeeding pictures enclosed in this juxtaposed composition stretch time and interconnect, since narration is in the sequence that lingers on kinematics, not in the single photo.

Smiles shine their light in a moment and usually the accumulation of energy that precedes them is neglected. This is not the case. Massimiliano Muner here concentrates on the act of smiling and then on its reverberation on the face. The white line of the teeth is an instantaneous flash of light piercing a flat intact surface revealing a flick, a glance, a world and its story. In this regard a smile is like a picture: light and movement. Massimiliano Muner isolates these fundamentals and plays once more with the intrinsic time of the image without intervening with cuts on the sweetness of the depicted female face.

“I want to thank Marta Melle for modelling for these pictures, Ennio Demarin for his technical assistance and Margherita Pevere for her analytical work.”

For further information on Massimilano’s works you can visit his website. If you happen to be based in Italy—Trieste to be precise—you can take part in a creative techniques workshop with Massimilano himself this weekend Saturday 15th November. Full details can be found on our calendar.

No. 1052

"A game where you win every time" - Zevs X the Instant Lab

Lucile Le Doze, | 853 days ago

Vue de l’exposition ZEVS à la vitrine am/art en direct ©

Impossible proudly supports Zevs, one of the most important streetartists worldwide. For his comeback in France, Zevs has been invited by the Parisian Gallery La Vitrine am with a retrospective exhibition: retrovizevrs.

Impossible provided Zevs with an Instant Lab and Impossible films, for him to transform and exhibit fifteen years of artworks in the form of instant photographs.

I used the Instant Lab and Impossible films with much ease. It’s like a game where you win every time! It has been for me the ideal tool for reproducing an image of each of my works and make it fit in my small suitcase. If you pass by Paris, you can drop your eyes to the exhibition! – Zevs

Have a look at the pictures the opening and if you would like to see it for yourself, just stop by La Vitrine am!

April 30th – June 24th 2014
La vitrine am
24 rue de Richelieu
75001 Paris
FRANCE

No. 794

Around the world in 9 Days with Tiny Collective: Episode 4

Patrick Tobin, | 1218 days ago

Supporting Around the World in 9 Days with Tiny Collective, we continue our weekly video series featuring Tiny Portland’s Vlad Chirkov (@Vladatat on Instagram).

Celebrating the launch of IMPOSSIBLE’s Instant Lab, Around The World in 9 Days is a touring Instant Lab mobile photography exhibition opening in 9 cities on 9 consecutive days with 10 Tiny Collective members showing a total of 900 unique images all printed directly from iPhones using the Impossible Instant Lab. The tour takes place in New York City, Paris, Los Angeles, Istanbul, Toronto, San Francisco, Dubrovnik, Atlanta and Portland from June 20-28, 2013.

No. 588

8 Exposures...with Patrick Winfield

Patrick Tobin, | 1437 days ago

Hi there, friends. Welcome back to 8 Exposures, our popular instant film Q&A series. This week, we’re happy to bring you creative wizard and all-arounnd nice guy Patrick Winfield

1) What kind of Polaroid camera(s) do you use?

I currently am using the Macro 5 SLR, Spectra and the SX-70.

2) Why do you like instant photography?

The “Thing-ness” of it. That the photo is a direct object of a memory – a tangible memory that can be held immediately and further manipulated as it develops or ‘lives on‘… that quality of being an instant artifact which can be further manipulated to play up the materiality of the medium is what attracts me to the film.

3) What is your earliest memory of instant film?

It was a picture of a dead man. Then the film was sucked back into the camera and the whole time I took pictures of things with my polaroid and tattooed myself to help figure out what happened in my life since I had some sort of amnesia…or was that the plot of Memento?

4) What’s your favorite Impossible film type?

I love them all – total Sophie’s Choice…whichever film fits into any camera I am using. I have been shooting with PX 70 Color Shade COOL and PZ 680 COOL

5) What are your favorite subjects to photograph?

My muse, the lovely Laura. I also have a fondness for shadows of objects, clouds, animals and anything in motion.

6) Tell us about a project you’re working on.

I am working on a series of composites called The Subway Series. Armed with a Macro 5 SLR camera and as much PZ 680 film as I could carry, I traveled far and wide through the New York City subway system photographing billboards and adverts from Manhattan to Brooklyn and created new, unique portraits using bits and pieces from all of them. I have been stopped in action by several cops, MTA employees and straphangers as well, all wondering what I am doing with this crazy camera…the Macro 5 demands attention.

7) Who are your favorite photographers, instant or otherwise?

Sally Man, Lucas Samras and David Hockney. And every photographer I have seen on this blog and various sites…amazing talent.

8) If you could take a photo of anyone or anything what would it be?

It would most definitely be a 20×24 piece composite of my muse, using the 20×24 camera/film…when you guys make it, that is.

About Patrick

I am from Brooklyn, New York. I do a lot of things… I am a graphic designer by profession and when I’m not pushing pixels on the screen I am documenting all the bags in trees we leave behind http://bagsintrees.tumblr.com/ & photographing your dogs and pets http://dogsarecoolpeople.tumblr.com/ . I recently discovered the pleasure that is Seltzer water and have 2 bonsai trees.

To see more of Patrick’s work, please visit his Facebook page.

No. 428

8 Exposures...with Heather Polley

Patrick Tobin, | 1566 days ago

Photo by Nick and Dave Photography

It’s time for another foray into 8 Exposures territory. This entry revolves around California photographer Heather Polley

1) What kind of Polaroid camera(s) do you use?

I have several folding SX-70s, as well as a plastic box-type Pronto SX-70. For pack film, I shoot an Automatic 104 Land Camera. My dad is conveniently a vintage camera dealer. He recently gave me three Spectra cameras that are so new to me, I haven’t had a chance to shoot them yet.

2) Why do you like instant photography?

Instant film breathed new life into my work. I’ve always been an analog photographer, and I work a lot with alternative print processes because the element of chance brings a freshness and beauty that you don’t often see in digital work. I like happy accidents and imperfections. I shot with 35mm film for many years, but I have found that shooting instant film adds a new layer of complexity to my compositions.

3) What is your earliest memory of instant film?

Most of the pictures my parents took of me as a child were with a Polaroid camera, probably a One Step. It was there for every milestone and event while I was growing up.

4) What’s your favorite Impossible film type?

I’m partial to the PX 100 Silver Shade, especially the generation right after the First Flush. I just love the way it responds to temperature (especially cold) and atmospheric changes. I experimented with blasting the PX 100 First Flush with a hair dryer, which is why a lot of my earlier pieces have a higher contrast and a redder color.

5) What are your favorite subjects to photograph?

I photographed architecture for many years, but lately I’ve been working more with still life and landscapes. I’m drawn to anything without a person in the frame, basically!

6) Tell us about a project you’re working on.

I scanned some of my still lifes taken with the PX 100 First Flush and made platinum/palladium prints on tissue paper for a series called Twice Removed. I have another series of color still lifes taken with Fade To Black Film. I’m also working on a series of landscapes taken in Pt. Reyes north of San Francisco with Type 100 Chocolate film and various generations of Silver Shade film.

7) Who are your favorite photographers, instant or otherwise?

My favorite photographers are Eugene Atget, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Todd Hido, and I love the series Attracted to Light by Doug and Mike Starn. I recently saw a retrospective of Francesca Woodman’s work at SFMOMA that knocked me out. Many anonymous 19th-century daguerreotypes and albumen prints have had the biggest impact on my alternative processes work. I’ve also gotten inspiration from Japanese woodblock prints and Dutch still life paintings.

My favorite instant photographers are probably contemporaries on Flickr. David Sankey’s work was the first work I saw on the PX 100 First Flush film, oddly enough on Asthmatic Kitty Records’ website. I credit him with my discovery of The Impossible Project and all my work that came from it. I also love the work of Andrew Millar, Laura Watt, Ludwig West, Amanda Mason, and JL Pictures.

8) If you could take a photo of anyone or anything what would it be?

I would love to have an entire day to photograph the interior of The Paramount Theatre, a spectacular Art Deco movie palace in Oakland, CA.

About Heather

I am a San Francisco-based fine-art photographer and manager of a boutique that represents local artisans. I am also an absolute music obsessive, and I have been thinking about trying performance photography.

To see more of Heather’s work, please visit her Flickr photostream, her Facebook page and her Tumblr. You can also follow her on Twitter at @sfphotogirl.

No. 424

Viewfinder: Kyle Vaughn

Patrick Tobin, | 1568 days ago

Welcome back to Viewfinder, our ongoing series showcasing interesting projects that incorporate Impossible film. This week, we bring you Texas photographer Kyle Vaughn

“My name is Kyle Vaughn, and I am a writer, teacher, and photographer in Dallas, Texas. As an artist, though I’ve predominantly worked as a writer over the last 15 years, I’ve increasingly turned to photography for inspiration and have even made a go at photography at a more professional level, publishing images and making and selling Polaroid posters. And though I continue on mainly as a writer, I’d say that photography somewhat saved my writing, teaching me how to better see the images I was after and how to study multiple points of view (even the inside of something), somewhat like the sculptor Auguste Rodin challenged his secretary to do. As it happens, his secretary was the poet Rainer Maria Rilke! I learned that as a writer, I am not separate from the things I am writing about, not somehow above the world, not in character nor in spirit nor in mind. I learned that I needed to interact with the world, be involved. That merging of the metaphysical back into the physical is what, in part, drew me to instant photography. And as an artist who loves to both preserve the important parts of my past, but also experiment, I have been fascinated and inspired by the Impossible Project from the moment I read of their plan to continue instant film production.

Instant photography represents the idea of memory to me better than any other format. Memories come in light blown like glass. They are grainy, silent like a snow is, blurred, intense, and somehow both the expansive universe and the microcosmos. The way we see, the way we stand, the way we form words is laced with memories of smoke, wounds, laundromats, counting after lightning flash, filling the bathtub, neon, weed-fields, paperclips—the large, the small—the effigies of our many, many old selves. Sometimes, I’m consumed by these memories, but I keep orbiting toward these images, whether in word, deed, or pure image, as in photography.

When my poetry manuscript, Teenage Symphony to God and Laughter, was recently selected as a finalist for Write Bloody Publishing’s 2012 contest, I knew that instant photography would play a role in the story of my book. As part of Write Bloody’s consideration for who will move on to receive a book contract, they have asked the 20 finalists to submit a video of one of their poems, a visual and audio representation of their work. For the poem I would choose, I knew that I wanted something that felt freeing, something that opened up the sky like a little balloon floating into the horizon. Using one of my poems that did just that provided the perfect opportunity to use instant film, and I was thrilled to be able to use Impossible film for many of the shots. Inspired as I am by Impossible’s vision as well as their film, I also worked a line into my poem as homage. I was especially happy to be able to use some of the black frame film (it’s so striking)…and my order of Nigo edition film arrived (and a carnival suddenly appeared down the street) just in time to be a part of my video.

You can view my video on YouTube at the link below. Throughout the month of May, you can also support my bid for a book contract by clicking “like” after viewing. To watch the video on YouTube, click HERE

The Impossible Project creates some amazing film. There are qualities to their film that make it unique and, to me, preferable to anything else: tones you won’t get anywhere else, bursts of color, something both bold and full of vibrato, like a song. They are clearly committed to an aesthetic. I also greatly appreciate the optimism they represent. This is something so needed in art today. Impossible believes, makes, and forges ahead.”

To see more of Kyle’s work, please visit his blog at http://www.krvlibrary.blogspot.com/

No. 396

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE: MOMENTUM'S THOM JACKSON

Jon Campolo | 1584 days ago

Photo by Thom Jackson

For this installment of Artist in Residence, Thom Jackson shares his experience shooting with PX100 and PX70 for MOMENTUM, an exhibition currently on view on the North wall at The Impossible Project NYC Space. Interested in the instant image as a tangible object, Thom explains his struggle with lighting for an unknown emulsion, and giving in to the element of surprise:

“In my commercial work I shoot fashion and stills. I shoot digital everyday but use archival inkjet or platinum/palladium for my fine art work that I print myself. I appreciate that an Impossible print is something tangible you can touch, feel, and hold. In an age of endless digital copies it’s exciting to actually shoot something that is one of a kind.

The biggest challenge was lighting for the new beta films, PX-100 Silver Shade and PX-70 Color Shade, and determining the correct exposure since it was a new emulsion. I was curious to see how the film adapted to both the still shoot and the fashion shoot.

I lit both with a constant light source so I could use my Option 8 modified camera and also my vintage SX-70. Unlike traditional Polaroid, the Option 8 doesn’t have a mirror so all of the images were reversed. This reversal of the graffiti letters on the wall ultimately encouraged the feeling of momentum in the final piece.

The unpredictable and constantly surprising results from The Impossible Films are what make each image a unique experience.

I owe a debt of gratitude to stylist Jay Evers for the still shoot that is a continuation of a series that is currently showing at Craighead Green Gallery in Dallas. Thank you also to Jon Tutolo for his styling of the model. And thank you to Sergio Garcia for effortlessly creating the perfect graffiti wall.”

To view more of Thom’s work, please visit his official website. Thanks to Thom for sharing – stay tuned for the next installment of Artist in Residence!

No. 361

8 Exposures...with Emilie Lefellic.

Patrick Tobin, | 1608 days ago

Hi there. Welcome back to 8 Exposures, our instant film Q & A series! This week, we bring to you Parisian photog Emilie Lefellic

1) What kind of Polaroid camera(s) do you use?

Mainly my 180 and my SX70 model 2, which are my two favorite cameras.

2) Why do you like instant photography?

What I love about instant photography is its completely unpredictable character, the whimsical suprises it creates whenever you click the button. I also love the fact that development takes place before your eyes and you can even influence it once you know the film. As the awesome 101 Impossible Ways Project shows, instant photography leaves infinite room for experimentation and creativity – before, while and after the picture is taken : you can decide to double-expose, use special filters, put your picture in the fridge, in the oven, write, draw, paint, stick stuff on it, create artifacts with it – I actually feel a bit like a craftswoman when I fiddle with my pictures, which is a great source of joy. But what I love above all in instant photography is the instant film itself : its colour, depth, painterly texture, its retro feel – it alters reality in a way that is surreal, dreamy and poetical to me. Somehow, it’s perfect in its many imperfections.

3) What is your earliest memory of instant film?

My parents used to have a Polaroid 1000 Land Camera when I was a kid. It was a very basic camera, but it seemed magical to me, back then.

4) What’s your favorite Impossible film type?

I’ve had the immense honor of testing the very first generation of silver shade films by the Impossible Project back in February 2010. I am amazed at the progress Impossible has made since then – especially with the colour films, which have always been my favorite. My favorite so far has to be PX 680 FF, but I haven’t tested the new PX 70 film, which I’ve heard is even better. I also secretly hope that Impossible will come up with new peel-apart film some day, to replace 669 polaroid film.

5) What are your favorite subjects to photograph?

There are so many things I like and would like to shoot – I have a special fondness for women’s portraits, hats, dresses, flowers, clocks, Parisian streets and architecture, childhood, animals, tiny objects, lonely houses… I also love signs and everything that contains words and letters – graffiti, street names, notebooks… I love writing on my pictures, too.

6) Tell us about a project you’re working on.

I’m not working on any project right now, but there are lots of things I dream of doing. First, I’d love to find the time (and money, I guess) to set a proper shooting in a nice, refined place with a beautiful female model. I’ve never actually dared to hire someone but that’s something I’d like to do. I’d also love to go on working in collaboration with musicians – I’ve done a couple of band pictures / CD artworks and it’s been a great experience. I believe music and polaroids work very well together – I’ve edited a couple of music videos based on polaroids, and I’d love to do more of that, too. Finally, I hope to find the time to work on a new book of polaroids !

7) Who are your favorite photographers, instant or otherwise?

I don’t know a lot about photography and photographers, but I love the works of Miroslav Tichy, Sarah Moon, Wendy Beaver, Stefanie Schneider and Cathleen Naundorf, whose polaroids I discovered recently. I also love Andrei Tarkovski’s book of polaroids. But mostly, as far as instant photography is concerned, the work I enjoy the most is that of the amazing people I’ve met through Flickr and the likes – professional or amateurs, I don’t even know: people like Neil Krug, Parker Fitzgerald, Corinne Héraud, Mélanie Rodriguez, Franck Juery, The Gentleman Amateur, Eduardo Martinez, Ludwig West, Dan Ryan, Carmen Devos, Esther Z.Schnickenacke, Marion Lanciaux, Brian Henry, Bastian and Julia, Alix Berard (m6), and so many others I’m forgetting but whose work inspires me everyday…

8) If you could take a photo of anyone or anything what would it be?

I love the aesthetics of the Victorian period – for quite some time now, I’ve had this fantasy of shooting something 19th century-England with real costumes and settings, something romantic, Jane Campion / Emilie Brontë style. I’m not quite sure how to make this happen though :)

About Emilie

“I’m 32, I’m from Paris, I teach English and linguistics at university and I’ve been into Instant photography for about 5 years.”

Merci to Emilie for taking part in 8 Exposures! To purchase her book of instant film photographs, click HERE

No. 349

8 Exposures...with Maritza de la Vega

Patrick Tobin | 1615 days ago

Hello, instanteers! Welcome back to 8 Exposures, our instant film Q & A series. This entry focuses on New York-based Maritza de la Vega

1) What kind of Polaroid camera(s) do you use?

Primarily I use an SX-70 Alpha, and an SLR 680 SE for integral film and a 440 for pack film. I recently acquired a Keystone 60 Second Everflash (a non-Polaroid pack film camera) that I really like to use and that is slowly replacing my 440. I have a few other Polaroid cameras but I don’t really use them very often.

2) Why do you like instant photography?

I like that it is instant, of course, but also that it’s tangible. It’s great to hold an image in my hand and admire it without the aid of a brightly lit screen!

3) What is your earliest memory of instant film?

I don’t have specific early memories of instant film, but I do feel that it was a constant part of my world especially from the late seventies through the mid-nineties. I did acquire a one-step 600 in the nineties, but not sure how. I have a very few polaroids from that time period. Then in 2009, just as Polaroid was discontinuing 600 film, my father-in-law decided to clean out his attic. He found his old SX-70 and an automatic 320, along with a few other film cameras, and gave them to me. Thus, my Polaroid adventure truly began.

4) What’s your favorite Impossible Project film type?

I love color so PX 680 is my favorite. I also like the new PX 70, especially indoors, and I really enjoyed using the PZ 600 UV+ when my Spectra was still in working condition.

5) What are your favorite subjects to photograph?

Woodlands, bodies of water, my home and sometimes my kids. Mostly, I just photograph ordinary, everyday places and things that for some reason move me to take up my camera and use it.

6) Tell us about a project you’re working on.

I am not a planner, so I don’t really work on projects, but in selecting photographs for this post, I realized that I have made hundreds of photographs of the preserved natural places in my area. I live in a county with many local and state parks filled with lakes and trees. I hike regularly and always have a camera with me.

7) Who are your favorite photographers, instant or otherwise?

I enjoy the work of William Eggleston, Joel Meyerowitz, and Stephen Shore, to name just a few. In terms of instant film, I do admire the polaroids of Walker Evans and the thousand polaroids of Philip-Lorca diCorcia. I also follow the works of many, many inspired instant photographers on flickr and polanoid.

8) If you could take a photo of anyone or anything what would it be?

There’s nothing specifically that I would like to photograph. I just walk around waiting for something to move me, to stop me in my tracks.

About Maritza

“I was born in Cuba, raised on the mean streets of NYC and currently reside in a small hamlet in Rockland County, NY with my family. I have the good fortune of working at a small law firm just two miles from home. When I am not working, driving my kids around or photographing my world, I read a lot, knit and sew on occasion and grow vegetables in the warmer months. I also volunteer at a local community garden that helps feed those in need. I don’t sleep much.”

Thanks to Maritza for taking part in 8 Exposures! To see more of her photography, please visit http://maritzadelavega.tumblr.com/

No. 340

8 Exposures...with Andy Jenkins.

Patrick Tobin | 1622 days ago

Hello, friends. We’re back again with another entry in our popular instant film Q & A series, 8 Exposures. This week, we bring you Ohio’s own Andy Jenkins

1) What kind of Polaroid camera(s) do you use?

I mainly use my SX-70 Sonar, 440, Graflex Crown Graphic and my 110a converted to take pack film. I also mix in several other SX-70s with their own quirks, a couple 250s, one600, Supercolor 635 CL, Big Swinger 3000, Polaroid Reporter, Square Shooter 2, and Holgaroid back.

2) Why do you like instant photography?

I like the artistic outlet instant photography provides. The nuances of each type of film and camera allows for so many creative options. I know some people would just give up on a film like Push!, but personally, taking the mundane and transforming it to something else is what makes it fun. I like Jack White’s quote regarding his guitars, “I wanna work and battle it and conquer it and make it express whatever attitude I have at that moment. I want it to be a struggle.”

3) What is your earliest memory of instant film?

I remember making Mother’s Day cards when I was probably 10 years old using my mom’s Supercolor 635 CL (which I still use currently). Neon shirts, parachute pants and Air Jordans really popped on old Polaroid 600 film.

4) What’s your favorite Impossible film type?

The PX 680 beta is hands down my favorite. I still have one box left I’m waiting to shoot when the grey skies of Ohio leave in the spring. The new PX 70 test film is really nice as well.

5) What are your favorite subjects to photograph?

When it’s nice out, I like to take full advantage of a day. I enjoy shooting around a lot of the metro parks and hiking trails in Ohio. Not a lot of people around so it’s nice to slow down and just enjoy the outdoors. I usually have my 440 with me as rural decay can pop up pretty much anywhere in the Midwest.

6) Tell us about a project you’re working on.

I recently put together a book of my favorite peel apart shots from 2011 entitled, Instant Appropriation. Mainly did it for family and friends to pretend I somewhat know what I’m doing. For 2012, I’m hoping to try to figure out how to safely navigate a stand up paddleboard while not ruining a camera for some shots from an amphibious perspective of things I see on my way to work everyday.

7) Who are your favorite photographers, instant or otherwise?

Charles Peterson, Lance Mercer, Ian and Erick Regnard, and Art Brewer are several that I really like whether it be due to music or surfing interests. On Flickr I really enjoy The Gentleman Amateur, Bastiank80, moominsean, Ludwigwest, nepumug, and abdukted1456’s stuff to name a few. The morning coffee and their photostreams are always inspiring.

8) If you could take a photo of anyone or anything what would it be?

I’d love to get some of my cameras back to the North Shore of Oahu and the Na Pali coast on Kauai at some point. Easily my favorite places I’ve ever been. A shaved ice, the ocean and instant film…that’s the life.

About Andy:

“I live in Dublin Ohio with my wife and chocolate lab who are patient enough to deal with the fridge being filled with boxes of instant film. My job entails being around the ups and downs of society all day and is reflected in the lack of people in my photography. Photography as a hobby is a nice outlet to get away from the goings on of everyday life.”

Thanks to Andy for taking part in 8 Exposures! To see more of Andy’s photography, please visit http://ercodeblue.tumblr.com/. You can also follow Andy on Twitter at @jenk22

No. 318

Viewfinder: William Miller's "Ruined Polaroids"

Patrick Tobin, | 1638 days ago

Hello, friends. Welcome back to Viewfinder, our blog feature that focuses on interesting projects people are working on using Impossible Project film. This week’s entry exhibits what you can accomplish when you embrace camera and film flaws and work with them to produce something new and unexpected. Please enjoy William Miller’s “Ruined Polaroids”

“These pictures are taken with a camera that is, by most definitions, broken: an old Polaroid SX-70 camera that I rescued from a yard sale last year. I’ve always loved this camera. It is an ingeniously conceived, complicated bundle of gears and switches with dozens of moving parts packed in tight like a chrome and leather pistol.

With its first use I realized the camera wasn’t functioning properly. It sometimes spills out 2 pictures at a time and the film often gets stuck in the gears, exposing and mangling them in unpredictable ways. The image as it is exposed within the camera becomes pulled and stressed by these violent mechanisms, often to abstraction. Before long I was participating in its process, collaborating with it. I’ve figured out how to control and accentuate aspects of the camera’s flaws but the images themselves are always a surprise. Each one is determined by the idiosyncrasies of the film and the camera.

I am impressed with the old technology’s resilience. This Polaroid camera is broken, by chance, in a way that is productive but the flaw that has given it that extra dimension has also robbed it of its initial purpose. When the narrative and depictive elements are nearly removed from the photographs one can concentrate on the details of its abstraction. Any representational remnants of the original image as well as any hint of the will of the photographer become recontextualized inside this new dynamic.

This project, Ruined Polaroids, is an unintended exploration into the 3-dimensional physical character of an antiquated photographic medium that touches on subjects such as the nature of chance, destruction and what constitutes a photograph.”

To create his “Ruined Polaroids,” William used expired Polaroid Artistic TZ film and Impossible’s PX 70 Color Shade film. To see more of William’s series, visit http://www.williammillerphoto.com/

No. 310

8 Exposures ... with Jarrod Renaud

Patrick Tobin, | 1644 days ago

Welcome, friends, to another foray into instant-filmdom, via our popular interview series 8 Exposures! This week, we turn the spotlight on Jarrod Renaud

1) Q: What kind of Polaroid camera(s) do you use?

A: A Polaroid 195 and Polaroid SX-70 Alpha 1.

2) Q: Why do you like instant photography?

A: It’s analog and it’s instant. I shoot a lot of 35mm film also, but have the hardest time being patient when it comes to waiting for development and scans. With Polaroid, it’s like Christmas morning with every shot. I love that I’ve got something physical in my hand at the end of a shoot. I also feel like you automatically capture a sense of nostalgia with the slight inconsistency of film and the general color palette.

3) Q: What is your earliest memory of instant film?

A: Growing up, I never had a Polaroid stuck in my face, there was never one laying around, although my parents took a million photos. It was all point/shoot and SLR cameras. So my first real experience with one was a Polaroid Auto 100 that I found at a thrift shop. I stuck it on my shelf at home because I thought it looked awesome. After my first daughter was born I had picked up a Diana+ so I could have something a bit different then the digital point and shoot we had…that opened my eyes to analog photography and then at some point I realized I could get film for the Polaroid 100 and that it just needed a battery to work. I was hooked.??

4) Q: What’s your favorite Impossible Project film type?

A: Right now it’s the PX 680 Gold Frame. I love the look of it, super contrasty. I’m really looking forward to IP film development; they’ve already come a long way.

5) Q: What are your favorite subjects to photograph?

A: I started with just my family a few years ago, mainly my kids. It was fun for me and I just thought it would be awesome for them when they grow up to have these images. Over the past couple years I’ve been reaching out to friends, and friends of friends. I just want to photograph people. People are inspiring.

6) Q: Tell us about a project you’re working on.

A: I don’t really have anything specific right now. I usually have a few shoots set up each month. I guess I can say that this year I want to explore communities and general Americana and let that influence my photography with a mix of fashion, as I love style in general. And there is my curiosity towards band photography since music is such a huge part of my life. Always have my earbuds in. Ehhh, I’ll also be taking my cameras on a couple trips with my local church to Costa Rica and Rio. I’m a tad A.D.D. so my attention jumps all over the place in a creative sense. I’m an explorer I guess.

7) Q: Who are your favorite photographers, instant or otherwise?

A: There’s so much talent out there it’s insane. I always keep up with Parker Fitzgerald’s stuff. Other film favorites would be Samuel Bradley and Jon Duenas, along with the lifestyle stuff of Nick Onken.

8) Q: If you could take a photo of anyone or anything what would it be?

A: That’s a hard one. I’d love to photograph Rocky Votolato. His music has had a constant presence in my life for the past 10 years. His albums are the kind that I can listen to anytime, anywhere and in any mood. He’s intriguing, I’d like to get to know him.

About Jarrod

“I just turned 31. I’m married to a gorgeous and encouraging girl and have 3 kiddos; Olive, Boston, and Sailor… oh and a 4th on the way. The house is a bit crazy but quite lovely. I’m currently the Marketing Director for DPA Microphones for North America. My obsession with photography is only growing.”

Special thanks to Jarrod for taking part in 8 Exposures! To see more of his work, please visit his blog at http://thelanternroomblog.com/

No. 294

Instant Revolution Recap!

Jon Campolo, | 1661 days ago

Photo by Jesse Freidin

This past Thursday, both Impossible and Polaroid celebrated the opening of Instant Revolution at the Impossible Project NYC Space. With this inaugural exhibition commemorating the Polaroid Classic Line and an ongoing collaboration between two world-leading analog instant pioneers, Instant Revolution portrayed the revolutionary aspects of how artists create, consider and define analog photography. Attendees took in the many shades of the last original Polaroid Spectra film ever produced, while enjoying the warmth of live vinyl music and the company of friends and enthusiasts. Our good friends and fellow Impossible fanatics, Jesse Freidin and Patrick Tobin, were there to capture all the action on PX100 UV+ and PZ600 UV+.

Thank you so much to all who attended, and congratulations to the artists! Instant Revolution will be on display at the Impossible Project NYC Space during regular open hours: Monday through Friday 11am–7pm and on Weekends 12pm–5pm until March 23rd, don’t miss your chance to see it!

No. 293

8 Exposures...with Sean Rohde.

Patrick Tobin | 1664 days ago

Hi there, friends! Welcome back to 8 Exposures, our instant film question & answer series. This week, we spoke with Phoenix, AZ-based Sean Rohde

1) Q: What kind of Polaroid camera(s) do you use?

A: Loaded Question! I mostly use my 190 and 195, but I also have a 180, Fuji Fotorama FP-1, Mamiya Universal, Crown Graphic with Polaroid and Fuji backs, SX-70 Model 2 (white), SX-70 Alpha 1 Model 2 (black and modified for 600), Colorpack III, Big Swinger 3000, and some other stuff, plus things I have owned and sold in the past, like a Konica Instant Press and modified roll film cameras, as well as various plastic hard case and folder cameras. I would love to have a 185 to complete my collection, but they seemed to have gone up in value in the past two years to some ridiculous prices. I have to use my cameras, not just look at them on a shelf.

2) Q: Why do you like instant photography?

A: Well, certainly the fact that it is instant is a draw. Though sometimes I don’t peel my 100 and 80 for six hours so I guess they aren’t always so instant. There is just a certain quality that instant films have that film doesn’t have. Color shifts, textures??…??it all kind of gives photos a vintage quality that I like. Plus, there is (was) such a large variety of film types that there are lots of effects to work with that are inherent in the films. ??Chocolate is different than ID-UV, which is different than PX 70, etc. I’ve shot enough Polaroid by now that I know pretty much exactly how to get the look that I want in most lighting situations for different films. ID-UV in sunlight with a filter, Type 672 as the sun sets, etc.

3) Q: What is your earliest memory of instant film?

A: I received what was probably a Super Shooter (plastic hard case Polaroid) in 1978 for my 8th birthday from family friends. I mostly just shot amazing photos of my gerbils, stuffed animals and friends. Nothing too exciting…not exactly a child Polaroid prodigy. But I have quite a few family Polaroids, even some peel-aparts of my pregnant mother and me at a day or so old.

4) Q: What’s your favorite Impossible Project film type?

A: I’m still working on that one! It has been really hit or miss for me so far with a low success rate. I like the black-and-white PX 600 and I ordered some of the test PX 70 recently. I like a lot of what I see from other users so I’m looking forward to something that will survive being shot in Arizona sun without just blowing out. But I really dig the colors that others have been getting from the recent color films.

5) Q: What are your favorite subjects to photograph?

A: Mostly things out in the desert. I like abandonment and decay. But I shoot wherever I am, and really enjoy shooting people. There just aren’t that many people out in the middle of nowhere. I was just in New Mexico, and the entire state has a lower population than Phoenix, AZ, and most of the people here live in Phoenix, so a lot of the rest of the state is empty. One of the things I enjoyed about shooting in Japan was the number of people around me. Overall, I’m more of an outside photographer rather than studio or in-home shooting. Some people seem to get away with 2,000 photos taken in their living room. I need to get out and see things. I actually really enjoy being out in the middle of nowhere with nobody around, as well.

6) Q: Tell us about a project you’re working on.

A: I don’t specifically have projects, though I did just put together a book of 35mm photographs from Japan. I mostly have themes that I shoot, which mostly involves desert decay. But I have more of an Eggleston state of mind…I wander around and shoot what catches my eye, rather than specifically seeking out what I see as an idea in my head. Though if I have a model, I will have specific photos I know I want to take.

7) Q: Who are your favorite photographers, instant or otherwise?

A: William Eggleston, Robert Adams and Stephen Shore, to name a few. I like photography books, so I have a wide range of photographic tastes. I like a lot of Japanese photographers, as well. Oddly enough, I can’t really think of any specific instant photographers. It seems like more of a secondary option for many photographers, like Ansel Adams. There is lots of stuff that I like, but it’s more photo specific rather than photographer specific. I like a lot of the work some of my friends do, like Skorj, and a lot of what I see on Flickr. But I’m also pretty picky and get bored with a lot of it…I like my own work!

8) Q: If you could take a photo of anyone or anything what would it be?

A: I would love to drag my Polaroid 190 to the top of Everest and take some photos. I’m fairly willing to be burdened down by cameras, and it would be great to take some instant shots in really difficult places that probably haven’t been shot with Polaroid. I was just at Ship Rock in New Mexico, and wondered if I had the first ever Greyhound and the first 190 with ID-UV on top of the “tail” that extends from the main plug.

About Sean:

“I’ve lived in Phoenix, AZ, since 1997 and spent most of my life before that in northwest Indiana. I am currently an RN on a telemetry floor (which is nice because I only work three nights a week with plenty of time to shoot), and previously I spent 10 years doing magazine work. And I made pizza for a long time. I have a greyhound that goes with me on all of my road trips. She sleeps in the truck during the day, and at Motel 6 at night. She seems to enjoy it.”

Special thanks to Sean for taking part in 8 Exposures! To see more of his work, please visit his Flickr Photo Stream

No. 292

HOLDEN x THE IMPOSSIBLE PROJECT

Jon Campolo, | 1666 days ago

The Impossible Project is thrilled to announce a partnership with Holden Outerwear to celebrate 10 years of creative and cutting edge outerwear. Holden is proud to support Impossible on their mission to bring analog instant photography back to life by offering limited edition Holden X Impossible camera kits, which will include a Holden customized and refurbished vintage SX-70 Polaroid camera, Holden X Tanner Goods leather camera case, and a custom Holden X Impossible co-produced instant film and filter presented in a custom wooden box.

To activate this collaboration, Holden chose 10 well known photographers to use Impossible film to shoot and capture their vision of an independent lifestyle through instant photography. The photos will be traveling in a multinational exhibition throughout Impossible galleries and at trade shows worldwide, including the most prestigious art show in the Americas, Art Basel Miami Beach. Choice photos will be used to create a limited edition Holden X Impossible tee shirt collection. Additionally, there will be a consumer instant photography competition, hosted by Impossible, where one lucky winner will have their work featured in the exhibitions (details on the competition to come)!

The Holden X Impossible camera kits and shirts will be available at Holdenouterwear.com, selected boutiques worldwide, and all Holden X Impossible exhibitions this Fall.

Ben Puess, CEO of Holden said, “If you have ever seen a Holden ad or website, then you know our love of analog photography goes back to our inception. As big fans of the medium, we could not be more proud to be working with The Impossible Project to help continue to further promote and support an art form we cherish. The Impossible team are the champions of a lost art and we are happy to showcase the immense warmth and creativity in their film…”

Stay tuned for more details on all the aspects of this fantastic collaboration!

No. 287

From the Artists of Instant Revolution

Jon Campolo, | 1668 days ago

This Thursday evening together with Polaroid, we are excited to host the opening of INSTANT REVOLUTION – the first in an upcoming series of artistic collaborations throughout 2012, celebrating the launch of the Polaroid Classic line.

For this unique exhibition, the artists provided us with feedback on their experiences using Polaroid cameras again with original Soft Tone Image film.

GARY BASEMAN
“I wanted to use the camera the way I originally used such a device in the 1970s and 80s…to capture an immediate memory. My art is about discovering one’s ‘True Self,’ and Polaroid cameras have been an important tool in assisting in this truthfinding and free expression.”

JAMES FRANCO
Polaroid images are true singular moments captured in time, they are so dependent on the conditions of the moment…and the look is unbeatable.”

MARIPOL
“When I got my Polaroid camera years ago, my curiosity turned into voyeurism, self-exhibitionism. Behind the camera box, hearing the click, seizing the moment, I got hooked on it.”

MARY ELLEN MARK
“I really enjoyed going out on the street again. Everyone seemed to love being photographed with this strange object that spat out a print right away and didn’t have a digital image on the back.”

JENNIFER JUNIPER STRATFORD
“I photographed the Hollywood that matters to me. From casting to continuity, everyone had a bit of a giggle and love for Polaroid photography, which made this project so significant to the history of Hollywood and its relationship with Polaroid.”

Congratulations to the artists for what is sure to be one of Impossible’s most exciting exhibitions yet!

INSTANT REVOLUTION
February 9, 2012 – March 23, 2012
Opening Reception, in presence of Gary Baseman, Maripol, Mary Ellen Mark and Jennifer Juniper Stratford on Thursday February 9, 2012, from 6pm-9pm with live music and refreshments provided.
Please RSVP at: rsvp@the-impossible-project.com

No. 285

8 Exposures...with Jade Sheldon.

Patrick Tobin | 1671 days ago

Hello, Impossibles! Welcome back to 8 Exposures. This week, we spoke with Portland, OR-based photographer, illustrator and MAE student Jade Sheldon

1) Q: What kind of Polaroid camera(s) do you use?

A: I have a small collection of Polaroid cameras that my grandparents have given me over the years. They love estate sales and whenever they come across a camera, they can’t resist getting it for me (you won’t catch me complaining). Not all of them are in working order, but they are beautiful to look at nonetheless. The main cameras I use for my instant film photography are my Sun 660 and Fuji Instax 210. I’m looking to add a Polaroid 195 to my modest collection.

2) Q: Why do you like instant photography?

A: I earned my BFA in illustration in 2009. That was four long years of sketches, thumbnails, roughs, color comps, second-guessing, finals, and critiques. Creating an illustration can take hours… days… even months. There is so much planning and so much preparation that goes into it. When I discovered instant film, I felt so free. With instant film, I could create a piece of original art in seconds. I could uncover beauty in a scene that would otherwise be overlooked. I love the fact that you never know exactly what is going to appear on that piece of film. All of its quirks and imperfections make it that much more personal and lovely.

3) Q: What is your earliest memory of instant film?

A: In high school, I was looking through my mom’s piles of old photographs and came across a collection of polaroids of my family at various birthdays and holidays. My dad, sporting his long hair and sideburns and wearing his leather jacket and my mom, with her huge, permed hair and neon colored frocks. I remember thinking how beautiful it was that they had these happy little moments captured on film that they might have otherwise forgotten about. I knew I wanted to be able to capture moments of my life like that too.

4) Q: What’s your favorite Impossible Project film type?

A: I have recently fallen madly in love with PX 600 Silver Shade UV+. Completely, madly, deeply.

5) Q: What are your favorite subjects to photograph?

A: I don’t have a complicated answer to this question, I just simply love photographing my life: myself, my fiancé, people I meet, tree-lined trails I walk, an especially delicious breakfast I eat, an abandoned coffee cup I stumble across in a cafe. I look forward to the day when I’m a wrinkly old lady, muttering on about my youth to my grandchildren and showing them what life was like back in my day through my collection of photographs.

6) Q: Tell us about a project you’re working on.

A: One project that I’m really excited about is a portrait series I’m starting. I will be interviewing and photographing artists (photographers, illustrators, painters, musicians) living and working in the Pacific Northwest.

7) Q: Who are your favorite photographers, instant or otherwise?

A: Wow, this is an extremely loaded question because, honestly, there is so much talent out there that I admire, appreciate and look up to. A list of photographers whose blogs inspire me daily include Jamie Beck, Parker Fitzgerald, Sean Flanigan, Alica Gao, Nikole Herriott, Sarah Jane, Kim Miller, Sara Lynn Paige, Chris & Sarah Roads and Lisa Warninger.

8) Q: If you could take an photo of anyone or anything what would it be?

A: A few weeks ago I stumbled across Austin Gros’ photographs of the Austrian Alps and I have made it my mission to get there with my instant film camera(s) in tow.

Special thanks to Jade for taking part in 8 Exposures! To see more of her photography, please visit her Flickr Photo Stream and her Tumblr, Instant Haven

No. 284

ACE Hotel Shares the Love!

Jon Campolo, | 1672 days ago

Image by By Niki

Continuing our collaboration with ACE Hotels through an exhibition in NYC and our Limited Edition PX 600 Silver Shade UV+ film, ACE has been hosting an online photo contest, selecting new winners every month! ACE is collecting submissions of everyday and exalted Impossible images at an ever-evolving gallery located at acehotel.com/impossible. ACE’s ad hoc panel of romantics and analog enthusiasts will then co-curate a physical gallery show at Ace Hotel New York next fall, comprised of selected shots from this growing community gallery.

Congratulations to the most recent selected photographers of the ACE contest!

December 2011:
Andrea Buia, Judith Kyvik, Gregory Bencivego, Frederik Holmér and Morgane Santamarianova – enjoy your Pink Martini’s Joy To The World holiday record!

January 2012:
Weronika Gajda aka By Niki – enjoy your limited PX Gold Edition Set from Impossible!

Peruse the winners of the past two months here, then check out the growing collection and pick your favorites or submit your own for a chance to win!

No. 282

Announcing Instant Revolution @ The Impossible Project NYC Space!

Jon Campolo, | 1673 days ago

February 9 – March 23, 2012
6pm-9pm
The Impossible Project Space NYC
425 Broadway
5th Floor
New York NY 10013
Gary Baseman
  • James Franco
  • Maripol
  • Mary Ellen Mark
  • Jennifer Juniper Stratford

POLAROID and IMPOSSIBLE present
INSTANT REVOLUTION

To celebrate the collaboration between Polaroid and Impossible, The Impossible Project NYC Space will host a very special group exhibition dedicated to showcasing five of the world’s freshest contemporary photographers. For more than 60 years, the instant image has been a revolutionary aspect of how artists create, consider and define analog photography. The five artists featured in INSTANT REVOLUTION all take different approaches to illustrating their relationship with analog photography.

Featuring photos captured with the last original Polaroid Spectra film production run from 2008, one of the first products introduced as part of the Polaroid Classic line, five of the world’s most dynamic and contemporary artists have contributed to INSTANT REVOLUTION: Gary Baseman, James Franco, Maripol, Mary Ellen Mark and Jennifer Juniper Stratford. INSTANT REVOLUTION will be shown at The Impossible Project Space NYC from February 9 to March 23 2012 and on our official website. The Opening Reception will take place on February 9 from 6pm to 9pm, in the presence of the artists and with refreshments provided.

POLAROID and IMPOSSIBLE present
INSTANT REVOLUTION
at The Impossible Project Space NYC

February 9, 2012 – March 23, 2012

Opening Reception:
Thursday February 9, 2012. 6pm-9pm.

RSVP: rsvp@theimpossibleproject.com

Open to the public during open hours
Monday to Friday: 11am to 7pm
Saturday and Sunday: 12pm to 5pm

No. 279

8 Exposures...with Andrew Millar.

Patrick Tobin, | 1678 days ago

Hello again, 8 Exposures fanatics! We’re back with another splendid entry in our instant film interview series. This week, we spoke with Andrew Millar

1) Q: What kind of Polaroid camera(s) do you use?

A: I have quite a few SX-70 cameras; some work better than others but I mostly tend to use my trusty old brown SX-70 Land Camera 2.

2) Why do you like instant photography?

A: It can be unpredictable and love it when you try to control or play with the outcome and end up with something unexpected and unique.

3) Q: What is your earliest memory of instant film?

No one in my family owned an instant camera so my earliest memory would be going to get my passport photos done when I was a child in an old-fashioned photo booth.

4) What’s your favorite Impossible film type?

A: I enjoy experimenting with the new film types. I’m particularly fond of the PX 680 Colour Shade and the PX 600 Silver Shade Gold Frame and Black Frame.

5) Q: What are your favorite subjects to photograph?

A: Where I live the everyday crowds force me to find places where there are no cars, people or noise. Old seaside towns are very romantic and nostalgic, as if time has stood still.

6) Q: Tell us about a project you’re working on.

A: I’m currently working on a series of images for an expo that I have at En Face in Paris next February so I’m busy getting ready for that.

7) Q: Who are your favorite photographers, instant or otherwise?

A: When I was at Uni and saw destroyed photographs by Arnulf Rainer, the destructiveness of his images really related to how I felt at that time, luckily Bob Ross’s joy of painting taught me to relax. I’m also a big fan of Gilbert and George. I love their large photo pieces from the seventies. Also, work by Diane Arbus and the talented Raul Diaz.

8) Q: If you could take an photo of anyone or anything what would it be?

A: Keith Richards.

Thanks very much to Andrew for taking part in 8 Exposures this week!

No. 274

8 Exposures...with Kristen Perman.

Patrick Tobin | 1685 days ago

Hello, friends! We hereby present you with another entry in our instant film Q & A series, 8 Exposures. This week, we profiled California photographer Kristen Perman

1) Q: What kind of Polaroid camera(s) do you use?

A: My favorite camera is my SLR 680. I actually have two of them, both in a delicate state from being dropped. I also love my Spectra camera, gifted to me by a good friend, who found it by her apartment dumpster in Philly. It’s clear, so you can see all the inner workings and it has proven to be a great conversation starter.

2) Q: Why do you like instant photography?

A: Instant photography taught me how to frame a photo and of course, to slow down. I’ve learned that the first shot is always the best, even if that first shot is not the best or your favorite.

3) Q: What is your earliest memory of instant film?

A: We always had a Polaroid camera around. There are random family photos throughout my childhood proving its existence even though I don’t remember it much.

4) Q: What’s your favorite Impossible film type?

A: I love PX 680 Color Shade right now, especially the Gold Frame Edition.

5) Q: What are your favorite subjects to photograph?

A: I love to shoot at the beach and I love to shoot on the street. I’m inspired by architectural details and by the colors here in Los Angeles. I’m a sucker for shop windows and who doesn’t love a good still life soaked in light?

6) Q: Tell us about a project you’re working on.

A: I just finished shooting all twenty-one of the California missions with my Spectra and it’s a beautiful project. I really want to push through feeling shy and finish my 100 strangers project. I find that shooting a polaroid portrait is easier because my camera gives me a way to break the ice.

7) Q: Who are your favorite photographers, instant or otherwise?

A: Right now, I’m completely enamored with the work of Wallace Berman after finding a book on his work in a museum bookstore. And always my self portrait heroes, Francesca Woodman and Cindy Sherman.

8) Q: If you could take an photo of anyone or anything what would it be?

A: I would love to take two polaroid portraits: Cindy Sherman and Kristen Wiig.

Thank you for taking part in 8 Exposures, Kristen! To see more of Kristen’s work, please visit her Flickr Photo Stream.

No. 269

Viewfinder: Jorge Valle

Jon Campolo | 1690 days ago

Analog instant film has been an integral part of the fashion world for decades. For this installment of our “Viewfinder” series, our featured photographer Jorge Valle sheds light on how Impossible films can not only refresh a photographer’s attitude, but also help communicate a unique style in an industry so dominated by digital photography.

“I’m 29 and I live in Madrid, Spain, but I’m moving to London in a few months. I work as a graphic designer, but my big passion is photography. That’s the reason why I left my job in Madrid and moved to New York City, where I spent the last three months of 2011 taking some courses and workshops at the International Center of Photography. While I was in the Fashion Photography course I noticed that almost every picture was taken with digital cameras, and at that time I was a little bit tired of digital. I needed to make something different. So inspired by my teacher Andrea Blanch, who always wanted us to go further, I created for my last assignment a fashion editorial with pictures taken with Impossible Film. And the result was exactly what I wanted, something fresh, natural and with attitude. It’s funny how instant film is considered something refreshing now, when it was so common in the fashion industry not so long ago!

All the pictures were taken in Williamsburg, which is where I lived while I was in NYC. Coming from Europe, a borough like Brooklyn can be very inspiring and kind of “exotic”. It’s completely different (the people, the architecture…) compared to Madrid, and I’m sure most of the people here couldn’t even imagine that this is part of New York, since everyone has that picture in their mind of a city with the biggest skyscrapers. I love Williamsburg, and I think it’s an important part of this project, as well as the help of Álvaro, who was my “model” and fellow traveler!

I think that moment was a big step in my photography, because it made me appreciate every format as a unique way to tell something. I’ve worked with medium format and 35mm cameras a lot, but that was the first time I considered making a real project with Impossible film and I couldn’t be happier. I really loved the experience and I’m sure it’s going to be an important part of my work as a photographer in the near future.”

Thanks so much to Jorge for taking part in our “Viewfinder” series, and for sharing his experiences with us. To see more of Jorge’s work, visit his official website.

No. 266

Oskar Landi – Also in India Recap!

Jon Campolo, | 1691 days ago

This past Thursday, we were so grateful to celebrate the opening of Oskar Landi’s Also in India exhibition at the NYC Space! With his debut show at Impossible, Landi portrays the country through dry image transfers of original Type 679 Polaroid film, revealing imperfections and faint colors reminiscent of early photographic processes and hand coloring techniques. Attendees took in the many textures of India as portrayed by the artist and enjoyed delicious artisan chocolate from FINE & RAW!

Those wishing to see the exhibition may visit the Impossible NYC Space any time during store hours: Monday through Friday 11am–7pm and on Weekends 12pm–5pm until February 9th. Thanks so much (and congratulations!) to Oskar and everyone who attended!

No. 265

8 Exposures...with Jessica Hibbard Elenstar.

Patrick Tobin | 1692 days ago

Hello again from 8 Exposures! This week, we’re highlighting Maryland Event Planner and photo genius Jessica Hibbard Elenstar!

1) Q: What kind of Polaroid camera(s) do you use?

A: My collection is always expanding, but my favorites are SX-70s, Spectra ProCams, and Super Shooters. I always have at least two of each in case one breaks, and multiple cameras also come in handy for shooting different film types at the same time.

2) Q: Why do you like instant photography?

A: I’m drawn to the beauty of vintage cameras, the warmth of film, and the uniquely imperfect nature of each image. Even “bad” polaroids are good, and a nice reminder for a control freak like myself to be open to surprises.

3) Q: What is your earliest memory of instant film?

A: My grandmother’s Spectra camera. I still remember her opening the crinkly silver package of film. She insisted on taking a picture of the entire family at the dinner table when we were all together, so there are many vintage shots of me as a kid with food in my mouth.

4) Q: What’s your favorite Impossible film type?

A: I went on a PZ 680 shooting binge this summer. I absolutely love the colors, and in my opinion, it’s the easiest Impossible film to use. I’ve recently been shooting the new PX 100 test film, and I’m head over heels …I’ve always been more of a color film enthusiast, but the spectacular tones and contrast are making me reconsider black & white photography.

5) Q: What are your favorite subjects to photograph?

Daily life — Mostly my cats, weekend breakfasts, plants in our garden, and little scenes I discover while walking around town. I also find any change of scenery to be hugely inspiring. Some of my favorite photos were taken in the rural mountains of Pennsylvania, the busy streets of New York City, and the scenic beaches of Oregon.

6) Q: Tell us about a project you’re working on.

A: It’s kind of lonely being one of just a few instant photographers in my small city. My background is in event planning, so I’d like to organize a fun weekend of instant photography with like-minded friends. Maybe a meetup here in Frederick, or an “analog girls” weekend in NYC.

7) Q: Who are your favorite photographers, instant or otherwise?

A: I love studying the work of female photographers of the past. I’ve followed the discovery of Vivian Maier’s photos with great interest. And I’m completely enchanted every time I pick up a book of Linda McCartney’s photographs.

I think today’s instant photography community is perhaps the most talented group of photographers ever. Jake Messenger, Heather Champ, Rommel Pecson, Jeff Hutton, and Amanda Mason are some of my favorite instant talents. I’ve learned almost everything I know about instant photography from Anne Bowerman and Dave Bias, who are the the world’s best photowalk companions.

8) Q: If you could take a photo of anyone or anything what would it be?

A: A couple months ago, I flew in a hot air balloon for the first time. The logistics of the flight were such that I couldn’t take instant photos … So I’m dying to fly again with a polaroid camera and Impossible film. I think I’ll get my chance this spring when I fly with Tailwinds Over Frederick, a local balloon company. Anyone want to join me?

Heaps of thanks to Jessica for taking part in 8 Exposures! To view more of her work, please visit her Flickr Photo Stream

No. 264

Viewfinder: Portroids

Jon Campolo | 1694 days ago

Jimmy Pardo

You’ll find Rick DeMint, founder of Portroids and his Spectra camera behind every red rope and at every press conference worth photographing. For this installment of our “Viewfinder” series, we take a look at only a few of the thousand (!) instant images he’s shot of inspiring personalities over the past decade.

“My name is Rick DeMint and for over 8 years I have been documenting my life and the people I’ve met by taking Polaroid portraits of them and having the photos autographed. I call them portroids and have collected almost 1,400 so far. From my home in Fort Collins, Colorado, I’ve been lucky enough to be able to travel to many places and I always make sure to have my Polaroid Spectra camera with me, plenty of film, and a Sharpie. I enjoy attending film festivals, comedy events, theater, and just seeing who I may meet by exploring various cities.

In association with the comedy podcast Never Not Funny, for the past two years I have taken portroids (Polaroid portraits) backstage at their 12 hour marathon podcast Pardcast-A-Thon. For this year’s event I exclusively used the Impossible Project PZ600 UV+ Silver Shade Black Frame film to take portraits of each of the guests, the hosts, and associated crew. The Pardcast-A-Thon is a fundraiser for the charity Smile Train, so I also auctioned off the original photos, made a poster for their studio wall, and created a book of the event to be sold to raise additional money for the charity.”

Special thanks for Rick for taking part in our “Viewfinder” series, and for making everyone look so darn good on Impossible film! To see more of Rick’s portroids, visit his Flickr or Facebook pages.

No. 260

Brandon Long Exhibited @ Photobooth SF

Jon Campolo, | 1696 days ago

Photobooth, the world’s only Tintype and Polaroid portrait studio, exhibited our good friend and fellow Impossible photographer Brandon Long last Friday, January 6th, and Brandon has been kind enough to share a sneak peek of his SX-70 shots with those of us that couldn’t be in San Francisco!

See more of Brandon Long’s dreamy portraits on his flickr!

No. 259

8 Exposures...with Ben Shuster.

Patrick Tobin | 1699 days ago

Hello again, instanteers, and welcome back to 8 Exposures! This week, we spoke with Washington, DC-based Ben Shuster…

1) Q: What kind of Polaroid camera(s) do you use?

A: I have a couple SX-70s – the Original and the Sonar Onestep – and a Spectra for the current and past integral packs. For packfilm I go with either the Model 340 Land Camera or my Kiev 88 fitted with the Polaroid magazine. I also still have a fair amount of Type 80 series packfilm, and those go straight into my Holgaroid.

2) Q: Why do you like instant photography?

A: Like so many other people, I love its vintage coolness, nostalgia-soaked colors and analog unpredictability. It sets your shots apart from everything else out there. It can take a perfectly normal snapshot and make it perfectly unique. The variety of manipulation and lift techniques really make creative possibilities endless. AND! Name someone you know who doesn’t have a “make my photos look like instant film” app on their phone – you can’t do it. WE know what’s up. WE have the prints to prove it.

3) Q: What is your earliest memory of instant film?

A: I have a Polaroid sitting in a stack of prints somewhere with “X-Mas 1989” written on it. I remember we would take pictures of the tree when I was a kid – I mean, when you think about your childhood, what’s more nostalgic than that?

4) Q: What’s your favorite Impossible film type?

A: Right now it’s the Black Frame PX 600. It’s simple, it’s classic, and I may be in the minority here but I can’t wait for some nice freezing, snowy white weather so I can get out there and “monochrom-atify” my life.

5) Q: What are your favorite subjects to photograph?

A: I never really go out with a plan because I don’t like to limit myself and I enjoy shooting spontaneously. Living near the colors and chaos of Venice Beach the last few years really spoiled me. I loved everything about it. There was never a shortage of odd characters and sherbet sunsets. When I look at my stuff now, I guess I was trying to photograph a general cross-section of the counter-culture…I threw in the “beachy” stuff for my own comic relief.

6) Q: Tell us about a project you’re working on

A: Well, I mentioned Venice Beach…I actually just moved to Washington, DC and have been trying to get a feel for city. I’ve traded my California mountains for monuments, and celebrities for politicians. Of course I want to photograph the city, but not so much the typical, historical DC. That may come later when I can try an unusual take on it. It’s a mobile city, and through the metro alone I’ve already discovered many great “pockets” that I’d like to continue to explore.

7) Q: Who are your favorite photographers, instant or otherwise?

A: Aside from Grandpa? I really enjoy Rock ‘N’ Roll fine art photography and am a huge classic rock junkie. Gered Mankowitz is one of my favorites – the shining jewel of my apartment walls is a Rolling Stones print from his “Between the Buttons” shoot with the band. Henry Diltz is another favorite because his photos manage to create such a strong connection to a era in music that happened 20 years before I was even born. His images are just so iconic, my favorites being the “Morrison Hotel” and “Crosby, Stills & Nash” album art. Art Kane is great because his music stuff is so different in a conceptual way. For a quick instant film nod, check out Bobby Klein’s John Belushi/Blues Brothers Polaroid transfer!

8) Q: If you could take an photo of anyone or anything what would it be?

A: Without a doubt, it would be the remaining members of The Doors – Densmore, Krieger, and Manzarek. If we’re allowed to include time travel and/or members of the “27 Club” in this fantasy scenario, let’s get Morrison there too! John, Robby, Ray: have your people call my— me.

Thanks so much to Ben for taking part in 8 Exposures!

No. 256

Oskar Landi – Also in India

Jon Campolo, | 1703 days ago

January 12 - February 9, 2012
6–9pm
The Impossible Project Space NYC
425 Broadway
5th Floor
New York NY 10013

Amassing four separate worldwide journeys over the past decade, Oskar Landi translates multiple communities of India with a unique visual language, when discovery through spoken word was insufficient. Landi was born and raised in Italy and has lived and worked in New York since 1998. His personal projects have been recognized by the International Photo Awards and Prix de la Photographie Paris as well as numerous publications worldwide.

On Thursday, January 12th, Oskar Landi’s “Also in India” opens on the south wall at The Impossible Project Space NYC. With “Also in India,” Landi portrays the country through dry image transfers of original Type 679 Polaroid film, revealing imperfections and faint colors reminiscent of early photographic processes and hand coloring techniques. Conditions such as uncontrollable humidity, heat, dust and expired photographic chemicals caused unexpected but enchanting consequences even for the artist. The resulting exhibition is a visual introduction to the rich cultures of India dependent on Landi’s astounded curiosity.

Oskar Landi – Also in India
At The Impossible Project Space NYC
January 12, 2012 – February 9, 2012
Opening Reception: Thursday January 12, 2012, 6pm–9pm
RSVP: rsvp@theimpossibleproject.com

Open to the public during open hours M–F 11am–7pm and Weekends 12pm–5pm
The Impossible Project Space NYC, 425 Broadway, 5th Floor, NY, NY 10013
www.the-impossible-project.com

No. 254

8 Exposures...with Jake Messenger.

Patrick Tobin | 1706 days ago

We’re happy to bring you another entry in our popular instant film question-and-answer series 8 Exposures! This week, we proudly feature UK-based photographer and digital artist Jake Messenger

1) Q: What kind of Polaroid camera(s) do you use?

A: Many! My favourites are my dad’s old original SX-70, and the SX-70 Sonar which belonged to his business partner. I also use a hefty 600SE; the quality you can get from it is fantastic, but it is a beast to lug about. My lighter pack-film option is a Land Automatic 250. I have a few other cameras knocking about – a Super Shooter, a 600 P, an SX-70 3000. On my shelf there are a couple of beauties for show: I love the 800 roll-film camera. Oh, and I have a pack-film back for my Holga!

2) Q: Why do you like instant photography?

A: I love the ‘thingness’ of instant: how you compose your picture, take it, and within a few minutes you have the physical object in your hand. While I love all kinds of image-making, the immediacy of instant is just magical. I love the fact that the film is its own darkroom, that once the image is there, that’s it – there are no processing decisions to be made.

I also love how it slows me down and makes me think more about which pictures I want to take. If I walk about with my digital SLR I may easily take hundreds of pictures, whereas with my instant shots I’m aware that each picture has more value (in terms of cost, and as an object), so I’m more deliberate. Where with digital I would take a picture for the sake of it, with instant I will more often than not move on and save that frame for later.

And finally, I love the community that has grown up online around the end of Polaroid film and the birth of The Impossible Project. Through Flickr and Twitter there are so many passionate, interesting, generous, talented people, all coming together to share images and ideas. The annual ‘Roid Week festival on Flickr is such a great way to see the work of so many instant film lovers.

3) Q: What is your earliest memory of instant film?

A: I remember my dad’s SX-70 back in the 70’s. He was a film director in advertising, and one of his clients gave it to him around 1974 or so, and he still has many of the pictures taken with it, including me aged three or four, above. We also had a Swinger or similar around the house, but I don’t remember it ever being used. I do remember playing with it, turning the knob and seeing “YES” appear in the viewfinder. In the early 80’s my dad gave me a grey “The Button” SX-70, and I have the results squirrelled away somewhere (although the camera is long gone).

I didn’t rediscover Polaroid until 2009 when I read online about the decline of the company, and these crazy people who were trying to revive instant photography. I looked longingly at the PolaPremium site, then remembered having seen my dad’s old SX-70 at their house. I bought some Artistic Time Zero film from the Photographers’ Gallery in London, and when I next visited I popped it in the camera, and took the picture of the glass vase. I was utterly hooked. My dad let me keep the camera, and here I am!

4) Q: What’s your favorite Impossible film type?

A: The thrill and magic of the original PX 100 was hard to beat, but I love the contrast and tone with the PX 600 UV+, and the Black Frames! Yum! And I was lucky enough to test out the Beta PX 680, which was crispy. It’s so exciting to experience the growth of these new films.

5) Q: What are your favorite subjects to photograph?

A: Forests, Provençe and corners in cities. I’m not a very deliberate photographer: I don’t tend to carry a tripod, and I don’t wait hours for the right light. I usually wander around, snapping what I find in front of me.

6) Q: Tell us about a project you’re working on.

A: No real firm projects at the moment. However, having recently moved to London (I had been commuting for nearly 7 years), I am enjoying exploring new areas and places and finding things to photograph. So corners, signs, trees…The usual.

7) Q: Who are your favorite photographers, instant or otherwise?

A: Oh, there are many! If you look though my favourites on flickr, you’ll see most of my Instant favourites. Particularly: Rommel, Jeff Hutton, Caballos Blancos, Gentleman Amateur, futurowoman, amamason, Grant Hamilton, Tubes, anniebee, jesshibb, lawatt…But I could go on forever.

Non-Flickr faves: Richard Misrach – Desert Cantos was very important to me early on; the sense of space and unreality in the weapons testing ranges is extraordinary. William Eggleston’s colour, Cartier Bresson’s use of the frame. And I have a book of photographs by Bruce Chatwin which are very much my kind of thing.

8) Q: If you could take an photo of anyone or anything what would it be?

A: I do need to stand in front of buildings in New York with my cameras, and Tokyo too. And I’d love to see the volcanos and glaciers of Iceland.

Endless thanks to Jake for taking part in 8 Exposures! To view more of his splendid instant magic, please visit his Flickr Photo Stream and his site, jakemessenger.com

No. 250

8 Exposures...with Britta Hershman.

Patrick Tobin | 1713 days ago

Hello again, friends, and welcome back to 8 Exposures! This week we spoke to Britta Hershman

1) Q: What kind of polaroid camera(s) do you use?

A: For most of my instant photography, I use my trusty green OneStep Express, aka, the Turtle. Actually, I’m mildly obsessed with all things Italian, so I call it by its Italian name, la Tartaruga. It’s cute, green, and round, and I found it in a thrift shop in Naples, Italy. It was my first instant camera, so it will always hold a special place in my heart. I also use a Spectra, a Polaroid 330 for Type 100 peel-apart film, and a Polaroid Land Camera 800 for Type 40 series roll film, nicknamed the Dino because of its impressive size and weight. And also, sadly, because film for it is nearly extinct. It’s difficult to find, and the few films that are left have been expired for decades and are often dried out. So the chances of ending up with actual photos are slim, but once in a while it does happen. And every time it does, I’m reminded of why I love instant photography.

2) Q: Why do you like instant photography?

A: It’s a thrill to create tiny but complete works of art with a camera. Art that is instantly finished and ready to be shared, framed, or just admired. I love that there’s no post processing in pure instant photography: everything has to happen in-camera. The limited controls of instant cameras require me to be thoughtful, creative, and attentive, and I thrive on that challenge.

3) Q: What is your earliest memory of instant film?

A: I remember my grandparents in Germany using a Polaroid camera when I was little. I’ll never forget being spellbound by the photos being ejected from the camera and slowly appearing.

4) Q: What’s your favorite Impossible film type?

A: I’m crazy about monochrome photography, and I can’t get enough of the Silver Shade films — they speak to my photographer’s soul. I love their dreamy, timeless look, especially for capturing trees, landscapes, and historic subjects. My favorite is the PX 600 Silver Shade Black Frame edition: beautiful monochrome shades, a bold frame, and the option of turning the images into versatile transparencies. What more could you want? It’s perfect.

5) Q: What are your favorite subjects to photograph?

A: Trees, landscapes, and historic places. I like timeless scenes where the viewer can’t easily tell in which decade or perhaps even in which century the photo was taken. When composing shots, I look for telltale signs of modern civilization and keep them out of my photos whenever possible. One of my favorite subjects is a magnolia tree near our house. Buildings and street lights are nearby, but my secret is kneeling or lying down and aiming the camera up towards it. That way, no man-made objects appear in the photo; the tree stands alone. It could be anywhere or nowhere, which appeals to me. My magnolia definitely holds the honor of being the most photographed tree in the neighborhood!

6) Q: Tell us about a project you’re working on.

A: I’m experimenting with combining Impossible photos with alternative and hybrid printing techniques. I’ll shoot a photo on Impossible film, scan it, and make a digital negative, which I use to create contact prints. It was exciting to learn to print cyanotypes, and now I’m also working with liquid emulsions on glass. Finding new ways to give life to my beloved instant photos in this way has been both challenging and rewarding.

7) Q: Who are your favorite photographers, instant or otherwise?

A: I’m a fan of Richard Avedon’s photography. His dynamic portraits and dramatic monochrome style speak to me. I’m a bit awkward when photographing people, which is another reason I admire his work so much. My favorite instant photographer is my partner-in-crime Genevieve Neal. Not only has she been a source of inspiration, creativity, and encouragement for me personally, but her own instant photography speaks volumes. She makes magic happen with her SX-70, her Spectra, and her Super Shooter.

8) Q: If you could take a photo of anyone or anything what would it be?

A: Drop me in an open field with a single, solitary tree, and I’ll be perfectly happy. I would want to capture it all: different skies, clouds, angles, seasons, and moods, all personified by a single tree. Does a tree have moods, you ask? Of course it does. Just ask my magnolia.

Thanks very much to Britta for taking part in 8 Exposures! To see more of her photographic creations, visit her Flickr Photostream and her Blog

No. 238

Thomas Jackson's Gold Frame Magic.

Patrick Tobin, | 1722 days ago

We recently discovered a treasure in Impossible Gold Frame photography.

Texas photographer Thomas Jackson has taken breathtaking images using PX 600 Silver Shade UV+ Gold Frame film and PX 680 Color Shade Gold Frame film with the intention of using the images as a holiday promotion. His plan is to mount the signed original images on metallic copper cards and seal them in metallic copper envelopes to send to clients and close friends.

We couldn’t believe our eyes when we saw Mr. Jackson’s photos, and we can’t think of a more beautiful card to receive in the mail for the holidays.

To see more of Thomas Jackson’s work, visit his website at thomjacksonphoto.com/

Model: Allison with Kim Dawson Agency
Hair and make-up: Ashley Robinson.

No. 235

Photogram Workshop with Patrick Winfield - Recap

Jon Campolo | 1725 days ago

This past Sunday, The Impossible Project celebrated the meticulous art of the Instant Photogram with Patrick Winfield ! Although mastering Patrick’s techniques proved to be quite challenging, workshop attendees worked diligently in the pitch dark to craft wonderfully surprising photograms of their favorite objects. After giving an inspiring history of the photogram, Patrick took the class through a series of integral steps in making photograms possible. Using jewelry, toys, cassette tapes, colored filters and many other assorted items, attendees took turns in a blacked-out NYC Space with only a pack of opened film, a flashlight and their newly acquired skills.

As you can see from our blog’s gallery, the results were fantastic! Thank you to all who participated and to Patrick Winfield of course! We hope he returns very soon to lead another workshop filled with more secret techniques.

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No. 234

8 Exposures...with Brooke Castro.

Patrick Tobin | 1725 days ago

Hi again, 8 Exposures fanatics! We’re happy to bring you a special Sunday entry in our series. This episode, the star of 8 Exposures is Seattle-based designer, project manager and mom Brooke Castro…

1) Q: What kind of Polaroid camera(s) do you use?

A: I have 12 Polaroid cameras (there is no such thing as too many cameras, right?), but the ones I use most are my SLR 680 SE, SX-70, and a Polaroid ColorPack II.

2) Q: Why do you like instant photography?

A: I love that it has proved time and time again that the most beautiful or interesting photos aren’t always the ones you planned for or expected.

3) Q: What is your earliest memory of instant film?

A: When I was really young, my grandfather used to take family photos with a Polaroid camera. I can remember waiting, anxious for him to peel back the film and show my cousins and me the photo. (That Polaroid ColorPack II that I mentioned above? That was my grandpa’s camera.)

4) Q: What’s your favorite Impossible film type?

A: I’m excited about PX 680, but I really really REALLY love PX 600 UV+.

5) Q: What are your favorite subjects to photograph?

A: Looking at my recent instant photos it looks like fruits and vegetables, but without a doubt, my son Calder is my favorite subject to photograph. I’ve taken a photo of him (almost) every day since he was born. Not every photo is great, but it’s crazy to look back and see how much he’s changed. The instant film photos are definitely my favorites. (If I could get him to stand still, the ones that I scan and post would outnumber the stack of blurry instant photos I have of him.)

6) Q: Tell us about a project you’re working on.

A: I hope to get a book of my photos that I have designed in my head, out and on to paper in the new year. I’d also really like to curate and design an exhibit of instant photography by Northwest photographers.

7) Q: Who are your favorite photographers, instant or otherwise?

A: Hmmmm…I have quite a few favorites, but right off the top of my head:
Walker EvansI saw a show of his Polaroids at the Met years and years ago. It changed the way I look at the world.
Alison Garnett – I bought my first SX-70 after looking at her Polaroids on Flickr. In my opinion, there’s no one better at Pola-diptychs AND she takes the most amazing photos of her children.
Mr. Grant Hamilton – A master at capturing color and form. Every composition is perfect.
I also feel very lucky to be connected to the instant photography community via Flickr. There are so many talented photographers that I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know through their photos and kind comments – Jessica Hibbard, Anne Bowerman, Azuree Wiitala, Jenna Gersbach, Jeff Hutton, Patrick Tobin, Jenny Vorwaller, Jake Messenger, Nick Leonard – to name only a few. It’s really nice to know there are a bunch of people out there that are as passionate and excited about instant photography as you are.

8) Q: If you could take an photo of anyone or anything what would it be?

A: Strangers. I’ve passed by so many interesting looking people, but I never have the courage to stop them and ask if I can take a photo.

Thank you to Brooke for taking part in 8 Exposures! Be sure to check out more of her amazing photography in her Flickr Photo Stream

No. 232

8 Exposures...with Bradley Johnson.

Patrick Tobin | 1727 days ago

Hello, Impossibles! Welcome back to 8 Exposures. This week, we turned the spotlight on Long Beach, CA-based photographer Bradley Johnson:

1) Q: What kind of polaroid camera(s) do you use?

A: I use them all!…or at least, as many as I can get my hands on! Each camera has its own charm, but there are a few that I prefer more than others. I think that the SX-70 is the quintessential Polaroid camera. It does everything you would want a camera to do, and it uses instant film! My runner up would be the Propack. I know that many of my photographer friends will make fun of me for this, but it produces nice photos, and is relatively compact. I use the close-up, and portrait lens attachments (meant for the Polaroid 250, 360, 450 land cameras) to make it even more versatile. Also, it never has the jamming problem associated with Fuji pack film.

2) Q: Why do you like instant photography?

A: First and foremost is the instant feedback. However, with the advent of digital, that isn’t such a novelty anymore. I suppose the real reason I love instant film so much is the fact that each photo is an original work of art. There is no negative. The print you hold in your hand is one of a kind. There will never be another. Sure, you could scan and print a copy, but it will never be the same.

3) Q: What is your earliest memory of instant film?

A: I remember the camera my grandparents used for family snapshots. It was a Sun 660. I still have some of the shots taken with that camera, and they still look great! I have the camera as well. I don’t use it in my work, but it has great sentimental value to me.

4) Q: What’s your favorite Impossible film type?

A: The black and white (integral) film was something that I had never experienced, and thus very intriguing. However, I’m all about color. The PX 70 film allows me to continue using my SX-70, and produces colors that are extremely satisfying. Even if The Impossible Project succeeded in creating a film resembling 600 film, I would be very disheartened if this “time zero-esque” film were no longer available.

5) Q: What are your favorite subjects to photograph?

A: I can find beauty in pretty much anything, but my absolute favorite is the human face. There are so many possibilities, and I love to share the experience of instant film with people. It is such a rare experience these days, and I have yet to meet a person who wasn’t excited about it.

6) Q: Tell us about a project you’re working on.

A: Just one project?! I try to have at least 1 “major” shoot per month. My next one will be a “Dia De Los Muertos” theme. I try to come up with original ideas, or at least a new twist on an old idea. It helps me to keep my sanity.

7) Q: Who are your favorite photographers, instant or otherwise?

A: Gregory Crewdson, Emilie79 (Flickr), & Ansel Adams. There are so many more, but I felt like I should limit it to 3. I am consistently inspired by many of my “contacts” on Flickr photo sharing, and on Polanoid.

8) Q: If you could take a photo of anyone or anything what would it be?

A: Since I am most interested in people, it would most certainly be a portrait. There are many people I would like to photograph, but the person I enjoy photographing the most is my wife. I suppose you could say that I am extremely fortunate in that respect.

Thanks very much to Bradley for taking part in 8 Exposures! To see more of his photography visit his Flickr photo stream

No. 226

8 Exposures...with Jesse Freidin

Patrick Tobin, | 1734 days ago

Hello, 8 Exposures fans! This week, the star of 8 Exposures is Bay Area Dog Portrait Aficionado Jesse Freidin

1) Q: What kind of polaroid camera(s) do you use?

A: This is a dangerous question, because I am a collector. I own about 30 Polaroid cameras, all salvaged for around $5 from various yard sales over the past 10 years. Most of them are retired, littered throughout my apartment in some sort of display. But many of them work perfectly. My two favorites are the Spectra Image (which I now shoot exclusively with Impossible Film), and the Land Camera 103. They smell good, they feel good, they are like extensions of my body. If my house were burning down, I’d be the jerk with singed hair and 30 instant cameras around my neck.

2) Q: Why do you like instant photography?

A: Instant photography was my first love, and I fell hard. There is something so powerful about making the images in your head exist in the real world, and instant photography has always articulated my personal vision perfectly. As a photographer dedicated to analog means, I will never let go of the physical interaction I have with my cameras and film. With instant film, especially Impossible film, the photographer is forced to intensely connect with their tools, intensely know the ins and outs of each film, and basically create their own unique analog development formula. You must work slowly but with incredible intention. Personally, this forces me to be 100% responsible for my images, and that drive helps connect me on an intimate level with each of my subjects. I feel like a small part of myself gets developed inside each instant image, which is why they are so precious.

3) Q: What is your earliest memory of instant film?

A: I remember my parents had an old Polaroid OneStep when I was maybe 7 or 8. I used to steal it and take pictures of myself and my neighbor with our space-helmets and water-guns climbing the tree in front of my house. Even back then, the weight and tangibility of those magical prints made a strong impression on me.

4) Q: What’s your favorite impossible film type?

A: I started with the Silver Shade films, and was so blown away by the tones. I spend all day looking at warm-toned black and white silver gelatin prints, processing medium format b&w film, and generally thinking in midtones. The Silver Shade was like an instant darkroom print, with a perfect amount of warmth. But when I started using the Color Shade I was transported back to my favorite memories of the original Polaroid Image films. The Impossible Color Shade is easily a step up, though. The warmth and delicacy of the colors and contrast are so much more impressive than original Polaroid stock. If someone offered me a fresh pack of Polaroid Image film or Impossible Color Shade right now, I’d easily take the Impossible film.

5) Q: What are your favorite subjects to photograph?

A: Right now most of my time is spent creating series of fine art dog portraits for commissioned clients. It’s inspiring work, and very emotional. The images I’m showing here are part of a new series of Instant Dog Portraits that carry that same emotional weight but with an instant, magical quality. When I’m not photographing dogs I am usually out in the middle of a field or at a deserted beach, having a deep moment with the absence of subject. Both kinds of work fuel me equally.

6) Q: Tell us about a project you’re working on.

A: I’ve got two exciting side-projects right now. One is a series of ‘heroes’ and celebrities in both New York and San Francisco, alongside their beloved canine companions. The other project features ‘locals’ and their dogs from various neighborhoods (also in SF and NY), all taken on some of the last remaining Polaroid Sepia pack film. You can see some of these images here: http://jessefreidin.com/2011/11/new-locals-seriesbay-areas-best-dog-photographer-jesse-freidin/

7) Q: Who are your favorite photographers, instant or otherwise?

A: The photographers I always go back to for solace and inspiration are Annie Leibovitz, Diane Arbus, Elliot Erwitt, and Sally Mann. I love William Wegman’s instant work, of course. I want to get lost in an image, and am drawn toward work that has texture and story, and maybe a little bit of longing.

8) Q: If you could take a photo of anyone or anything what would it be?

A: This is a terribly hard question. What I love most is relating to my subjects, and watching them relate back to my camera. So if given the opportunity to photograph anything in the entire world, I’d probably grab my buddies, head to the woods, and take portraits with expired Polaroid pack film until the sun went down. That’s sort of my version of heaven.

Special thanks to Jesse for taking part in 8 Exposures this week! To see more of his dog portraits, visit jessefreidin.com

No. 217

The Photogram Workshop with Patrick Winfield

Jon Campolo, | 1739 days ago

December 3rd, 2011
5 - 6:30pm

Impossible Project NYC Space
425 Broadway
5th Floor
New York NY 10013

On Saturday, December 3rd, from 5pm-6:30pm, artist Patrick Winfield will appear in person at The Impossible Project Space NYC to present a brief slideshow history of The Photogram. Then, using Impossible instant film material, he will demonstrate his own distinctive techniques to create photograms similar to the ones pictured here.

Attendees will be supplied with one pack of Impossible color film, a Polaroid 600 camera, flashlights, transparencies and colored gels. You’re welcome to bring your own photogram objects also! Each participant will get 10% off any store purchase the night of the class.

Don’t miss this very rare opportunity to be involved in an exclusive interactive class by one of the world’s leading instant artists!

WHEN: Saturday, December 3rd, 2011 – 5pm to 6:30pm

WHERE: Impossible Project Space NYC – 425 Broadway, 5th Floor

REGISTRATION: $95
RSVP/Questions: (212) 219-3254 or nycspace@theimpossibleproject.com

More Info About Patrick Winfield:
Patrick is a Brooklyn based artist whose work is about accidents and how these flaws become a form of perfection. “I may jam or manipulate the films to play up the surface, the tangibility of the film medium. I create a moment out of several various instances – a walking perspective controlled and pulled in by the structure of the grid, not an instant view, but a clustering of memories and visuals. Each photo is competing with the image as a whole, causing this movement of the eye as it takes in a single image then back to the whole.”
Patrick’s work has been featured in an array of arts and design magazines and blogs and you may have recently seen his work at Urban Outfitters – the result of a 2010 collaboration.

No. 211

8 Exposures...with Oliver Zelinski.

Patrick Tobin, | 1741 days ago

Hello friends, and welcome back to 8 Exposures! This week, we spoke with German photographic wizard Oliver Zelinski…

1) Q: What kind of polaroid camera(s) do you use?

A: There is a Barilla pinhole and some old plate cameras with Polaroid backs, a Macro 3, a couple of 636s, an EE100, an Image Spectra, two SX-70 Alpha, a 340, two EE44 and something in the cellar

2) Q: Why do you like instant photography?

A: Because of its own limitation and in connection the results + the smell on x-posed in polanoid.

3) Q: What is your earliest memory of instant film?

A: I remember my mum dissing grandpa’s Sun 660 and those unstable pictures with the boring frame.

4) Q: What’s your favorite Impossible Film type?

A: PX 100 FF and PX 680 beta.

5) Q: What are your favorite subjects to photograph?

A: Mr Giulio Stucchi but generally I am trying not to see the subjects as such but let them speak out. Then you can listen, looking at the picture…

6) Q: Tell us about a project you’re working on.

A: Oh, I have lots, everyday there is a new one … from selling all my analog stuff, make a fortune and go digital to collecting unused chemical bags peeled of the PX 70 FF for some unknown new project.

7) Q: Who are your favorite photographers, instant or otherwise?

A: There is only Francesca Woodman.

8) Q: If you could take a photo of anyone or anything what would it be?

A: The humming in my ear.

Thanks for taking part, Oliver! To see more of Oliver’s excellent imagery, visit www.flickr.com/photos/oliverzelinski

No. 206

8 Exposures...with Brad Elterman.

Patrick Tobin, | 1748 days ago

Welcome back to 8 Exposures! This week, we spoke with the amazing Brad Elterman, who since the 1970s has been photographing celebrities and musicians such as Blondie, David Bowie, Michael Jackson and The Who!

1) Q: What kind of polaroid camera(s) do you use?

A: Polaroid One.

2) Q: Why do you like instant photography?

A: It’s so sexy.

3) Q: What is your earliest memory of instant film?

A: My mom was a painter and in the 70’s she went out and got an SX70. That was really something special. I still have it, somewhere.

4) Q: What’s your favorite impossible film type?

A: PX 680.

5) Q: What are your favorite subjects to photograph?

A: Modern Pop Culture

6) Q: Tell us about a project you’re working on.

A: Two exhibitions in Switzerland for June 2012 with Swiss pop artist, Marco Pittori with photographs that I took of bands three decades ago with Marco working his creative magic on the images. There is even a modern photo that I took of my muse, model Nettie Harris that was shot with Impossible Project film.

7) Q: Who are your favorite photographers, instant or otherwise?

A: Helmut Newton, Nirrimi Hakanson, Helen Levitt, Olivier Zahm & Walker Evans

8) Q: If you could take an photo of anyone or anything what would it be?

A: Male: John Mayer, for his talent; Female: Lindsay Lohan, for her great beauty and absolutely wonderful controversy.

Thanks so much to Mr. Elterman for taking the time to answer our Impossible questions. We’re honored to have been able to feature him. To see more of his images, visit his Tumblr at bradelterman.tumblr.com/

No. 197

8 Exposures...with Jessica Reinhardt

Patrick Tobin, | 1755 days ago

Welcome back to 8 Exposures! This week, we talked with LA photographer/sweetheart Jessica Reinhardt

1) Q: What kind of polaroid camera(s) do you use?

A: I consider myself extremely fortunate when it comes to my cameras. I have four Polaroid cameras that I use all the time…as well as an ever growing collection of wayward cameras rescued from various states of neglect. I have two Land Cameras…a 360 that belonged to my father. He won it as a college student—-a top of the line set with filters, self-timer, cable release, and portrait lens—-the works. When I was in college he had it reconditioned and gave it to me as a birthday gift. It was the camera that really solidified my love affair with Instant Film. My other Land Camera is a 320 I found languishing in the supply closet at work. It had not been touched pretty much since it was purchased. My boss was impressed with what the camera could do with a fresh battery and some film. My Polaroid cameras that I don’t leave home without are two original model SX-70s. My first SX-70 was a Swap Meet find, complete with a carrying case and manual. It was meant to be. I was also very fortunate to be given a mint SX-70 that had been sitting in a co-worker’s garage. I invested in an accessory kit for the SX-70’s and use the tripod holder and cable release often. I feel very lucky and honored when someone gives me a camera and shares a Polaroid-related story.

2) Q: Why do you like instant photography?

A: I love Instant Photography for many reasons—-for one, it makes you work to become a better photographer. It might seem counter-intuitive, but this little box with no manual exposure control will make you aware of so many elements of photography taken for granted in the digital world. To do everything “in camera” and be able to see it transform-it will always be magic. Instant Film makes you a creative problem solver. Impossible Film makes you think on your feet. There are so many conditions like temperature, location, time of day that completely change the character of the film. When I make an Instant Image I’m proud of—it is a combination of skill and a little luck. There’s usually a little dance involved when the image turns out well.

3) Q: What is your earliest memory of instant film?

A: I thought about this one a lot…and I think my very first memory of Instant Film would have to be going to see Santa Claus at the Mall. I remember those elves sure knew how to work a Sun 600!

4) Q: What’s your favorite impossible film type?

A: Trying to name a favorite Impossible Film is like trying to pick a favorite Beatles record! It really depends on what type of mood I am in. I tend to find that I order and shoot in patterns—-an order of Black and White, an order of Color. I rarely shoot Black and White and Color on the same day. If a new batch or flavor of film comes out—-I want to try it out immediately. My current obsession is the Ace Hotel edition of PX-600 UV+. The tones are insane. Deep dark black and silvers that glow.

5) Q: What are your favorite subjects to photograph?

A: My friends and family might tell you all I shoot are wild weeds growing on the side of the road…but what draws my attention are places that others might ignore, or if I shoot a sweeping vista, I try to capture a unique light, or use the properties of the film to transform the place. I live in California, and I find that while I am surrounded by amazing vistas and golden light, people here often take it for granted. I love it when I’m photographing something most people don’t notice. A doorway, irrigation pipes, a rusty sign. If you look at my Flickr stream, you’ll see I love to shoot instant whenever I am traveling.

People must think it’s my first time flying, because I’m so fascinated with the graphical elements of airports—-and I can’t live without the window seat. I’m still chasing the perfect aerial shot. I love to take Instant Shots at night as well, because it requires a totally different mindset and garners some pretty stunning results. I started The Impossible Night group on Flickr, and the caliber of work from folks like Toby Hancock, Rommel, and JL Pictures is amazing. I learn something every time I see their work.

6) Q: Tell us about a project you’re working on

A: I am currently working on a couple of different projects. I have participated in several group shows over the past couple of years; it has been an honor and a great learning opportunity. As I work on direction and process, I would love to curate a show in the next year or so. I have been working on a body of work called “Goodbye Americana” that examines American Iconography in various stages of life. I hope to be able to present it in the near future.

7) Q: Who are your favorite photographers, instant or otherwise?

A: I have so many favorite photographers—-paring it down makes this one of the more difficult questions. As far as the Instant Community goes—-I feel like I learn something every day from the folks on Flickr and Polanoid. The sheer quality of work from people like The Gentleman Amateur, Toby Hancock, Rhiannon Adam, Adam Goldberg, Azuree Wiitala, Jake Messenger, Nick Leonard, Anne Bowerman, Rommel, Pat Tobin, Rich Burroughs, and Frank Love…I could go on and on. We have some seriously talented people among us. As far as High Art goes, Mary Ellen Mark makes some of the most fascinating portraits with Instant Film. Also, studying Andre Kertesz “The Polaroids” is a must. Phillip-Lorca diCorcia’s “Thousand” is an interesting glimpse into Polaroid as it once was—-walking a line between intimate moments and test shots. The scope and scale is mind blowing. No matter how busy I am, I try to make it a point to look at new work every day. If only I were as disciplined at scanning…

8) Q: If you could take a photo of anyone or anything what would it be?

A: If I could photograph anyone—-my top two picks would be David Bowie (those eyes!) and President Obama. (With the 20×24 camera) If I could transport anywhere with my SX-70 it would be Antarctica. Icebergs and Penguins on Instant Film? Yes, please!

Thank you, Jessica, for taking part! To see more of Jessica’s work, visit her Flickr Photostream

No. 191

Viewfinder: Joe Western

Patrick Tobin, | 1760 days ago

This new feature is a sister project of “8 Exposures.” It provides an opportunity for interesting people in the Impossible film community to tell us about themselves and the projects they’re working on. This first edition focuses on NYC-based photography student Joe Western.

“I’m 25 years old, living here in NYC. During my teenage years I spent lots of time photographing friends, or concerts I attended, all of which I captured using disposable cameras. I eventually was able to take some photo classes during my time at college, where I became completely hooked after learning the dark room process. While learning more about the history of photography, and discovering different artists, I began finding my own unique subject matter. What I eventually discovered by looking at different artist’s images, was that I was able to relate the most to portraiture, representing a certain time and place… one example being Brassai’s photos of his fellow artists in Paris’ Montmartre district. Another example is Nan Goldin’s work, which is essentially a diary full of personal references. I decided to take a close look at my own environment, attempting to find if there was anything there worth capturing. While searching for my own individual means of expression, I’ve come full circle back to the snapshot aesthetic of my teenage years when I was only using disposable cameras… although now I have a slightly more refined technique, and a more acute awareness of my subjects.

In January of 2010, I traveled to Belfast, Northern Ireland. I created a small photo essay consisting of images made with a Holga during the trip. It was featured on my friend Lauren Curtis’ blog. There are more images from this series in the ‘Belfast/London’ set on my Flickr Photostream

I am currently working on a project of portraits using Impossible’s PX 600 UV+ Black Frame film. The series is still evolving, but very generally focuses on individuals who are musicians or artists of some type. Once I’ve finished exactly 100 images, the series will be completed. Ultimately I plan to present them along side several medium sized prints made from 665 negatives. Next year I’m looking forward to do some more traveling which I hope will bring some new photographic opportunities.”

Special thanks to Joe for taking part! Make sure to follow his Flickr stream for future updates.

No. 189

8 Exposures...with Dan Ryan.

Patrick Tobin, | 1762 days ago

Welcome to another exciting edition of 8 Exposures, our new interview series highlighting interesting people using Impossible film. This week we talked with UK-based photographic wizard Dan Ryan.

1) Q: What kind of polaroid camera(s) do you use?

A: I’ve got loads of Polaroids in various states of repair, but day-to-day I normally use a battered, brown SX-70 Alpha and a nice and shiny 180.

2) Q: Why do you like instant photography?

A: I don’t know…Why do you like breathing?

3) Q: What is your earliest memory of instant film?

A: I have a bit of a false memory of instant film which, as it turns out was taken on a Kodak. It was a family snap of a walk, with dad and a backpack. I rediscovered it a few years ago in an old album. My modern love affair with Polaroid came at a party about 6 or 7 years ago, when someone pulled out an old 330 or something – I was blown away with the simple beauty of it.

4) Q: What’s your favorite Impossible film type?

A: I don’t use 600 or Spectra series cameras but I love love love the photos with the PX 600 Black Frame and PX 680. Beautiful stuff, which is seriously making me think about investing in an SLR 680. But in the SX-70 my favourite is still the early Silver Shade stuff. It may be utterly temperamental and wildly unstable, but it can create atmospheres out of nothing, so it really suits what I try and do. That’s why most of the photos here are with that early trail-blazing stuff.

5) Q: What are your favorite subjects to photograph?

A: Ummm…For those who know my photos already they’ll probably know the answer… Flocks of horses and old trees, with the occasional anonymous person thrown in. The more complex answer is anything in forgotten, wild places. The kind of places I like to think magic blurs with reality and myth. That might sound pretentious but I don’t have better words in my vocabulary to describe it…

6) Q: Tell us about a project you’re working on.

A: My approach to photography is fairly scattergun so I always have 3 or 4 projects on the go, but now I’m trying to rationalise. I’m trying to dig through my archives and get a sense of order to try and make some new exhibitions and I have to do a book…I keep managing to put it off.

7) Q: Who are your favorite photographers, instant or otherwise?

A: This is probably the hardest question I’ve ever been asked. I don’t really follow celebrity or famous photographers…but there are people I keep going back to time and again. My instant photography enlightenment came in the early days of Polanoid, where people like Carmen de Vos, Esther Z Schnickernackerwasshername, Patrick Winfield, Enrique Frieza (Urizen), Thomas Zomolo (LatalierP), and Brian Henry all made me sit up and go wow. They did more for me than any number of Hockneys, Smiths or Mapplethorpes. Their photos are so wild and wildly different. All uniquely inspirational.

I still return to the styles all over the net and in books and exhibitions that please me. From the subtle beauty of Emilie LeFellic’s stuff (she is also probably shorthand for the amazing Parisian collective), to The Gentleman Amateur’s eye for creating a shot out of nothing, and Mikael Kennedy’s vast landscapes populated by people I think I’d probably like to have a beer with. There are lots more though and sorry I can’t mention them all here, it would be a long list…

+*8) Q: If you could take a photo of anyone or anything what would it be?*

A: I hope one day I’ll find out the answer to that question…

To see more of Dan’s photography, check out his Flickr Stream, his Polanoid and his blog, A Dream of White Horses

No. 180

8 Exposures...with His & Hers.

Patrick Tobin, | 1769 days ago

Welcome to another thrilling episode of 8 Exposures, our new interview series highlighting interesting people using Impossible film. This week we talked with Oregon-based instant film magicians His & Hers (Dave Tuttle and Whitney Johnson)…

1) What kind of Polaroid camera(s) do you use?

Hers: Between the two of us, we have a lot of cameras. We actually have an entire closet devoted to cameras, accessories and film.

His: The cameras are in various working conditions, of course. I think we probably have only 30-40 total. There are more than a few that could probably stand to be donated for parts.

Hers: Ha! Only 30 or 40.

His: Yeah, it is a bit ridiculous considering we really only use the same ones over and over again.

Hers: I love my SLR 680. It has a tiny hole in the bellows that I have to tape every few months, a burn mark on the sonar from where I attempted to dislodge a piece of stuck straw with a lighter (note to others: this is not a good idea) and the entire top cover melted off on a Caribbean cruise (seriously), but it still works like a champ. It is the best $75 I’ve ever spent.

His: And I primarily use one of the first SX-70s I ever picked up. All of my other ones have died in fiery crashes. While saving puppies.

2) Why do you like instant photography?

His: For me, it has to do with watching the image develop. Holding it in your hand and watching the image appear is magic. I also really like all of those picky imperfections that come with instant film – like pola dots and time zero fire, those “mushrooms” and undeveloped spots that sometimes occur. Nothing’s perfect. And that makes me happy.

Hers: From the minute I took my first shot in 2004, I was hooked. Each shot is unique and unpredictable. I love the graininess of the film, the distorted colors and the fact that there is no deleting and retaking; every shot is one of a kind. It makes each photograph more meditated and important.

3) What is your earliest memory of instant film?

His: I have a terrible memory, so I’ll let her tell this one.

Hers: Our first collaboration together was for fall ‘Roid Week in 2009 (Not that I keep track of those things, but it was actually two years ago this weekend). We snuck into a mausoleum and took a bunch of polaroids together. It was all very spooky and awesome. But His & Hers as it’s now known came around several months later on a camping trip at the coast.

His: She took this great shot holding a feather in her hand and I matched it by holding up a fern and taking my own shot. We put them together and boom…

Hers: His & Hers was born.

4) What’s your favorite Impossible film type?

His: I’m really loving the PX 70 for the SX-70 camera and the PZ 680 for the Spectra. The PZ 600 UV+ was the film that really caught my attention and pushed me to shoot more Spectra. I’m just starting to get used to the Spectra, learning its limits and boundaries. It sometimes still hates me though.

Hers: I’ve been enjoying the PZ 600 UV+ for Spectra cameras, too. The tones in that film are superb.

5) What are your favorite subjects to photograph?

His: Everyday life. Each other (obviously). Little moments that catch our eye. We always have ideas that we try to capture too.

Hers: We try not to plan it out too much though. Things seem to go better when we don’t force it.

6) Tell us about a project you’re working on.

Hers: I think we’re always going to be working on building our series of His &Hers diptychs.

His: We really need to do more of them. If you look through our stream you will notice that we don’t post terribly often. We need to fix that.

Hers: We also just finished two other projects – we made an Etsy shop to sell our prints and we made a rainbow wall in our bedroom with 150 Polaroid and Impossible film photos. We did a time lapse video documenting it.

7) Who are your favorite photographers, instant or otherwise?

His: I personally love Saul Leiter and Gary Winogrand for their street scenes. There are so many amazing instant photographers that I follow: Chloe Aftel, The Gentleman Amateur, Brandon Long. Brian Ferry’s work is always inspiring. It’s really hard to name just a few. There is some real talent out there.

Hers: This is always a difficult question for me to answer. I can’t say that I have a favorite, but I love that I’m constantly learning and finding inspiration from all the wonderful people I’ve met via the internet. So I guess the internet is my favorite.

8) If you could take a photo of anyone or anything, what would it be?

His: I’ve always wanted to do a cross-country road trip. A trunk full of instant film, a bag full of cameras. A map and a bag of Cheetos. That would be awesome.

Hers: I love reflecting back on all the moments in my life I’ve captured via instant film and the stories behind them – the day I met Dave (my first photo of him was a Polaroid, yesss), my grandma on her 90th birthday, standing under the Eiffel Tower with my mom, holding my best friend’s newborn son in my arms. So to answer the question, I can’t wait to photograph all the things awaiting me in my future – my wedding day, my future children, the people I will meet, the places I will go and everything in between. All those stories waiting to be documented. I can’t wait.

His: Your wedding day and future children, huh?

Hers: I’m just saying… (wink wink)

Thanks to His & Hers for taking part! Be sure to follow their updates on www.hisampersandhers.com and their Flickr stream.

No. 175

8 Exposures...With Azuree Wiitala.

Patrick Tobin | 1777 days ago

Welcome to another episode of 8 Exposures, our new feature consisting of 8 photography and instant film-related questions, accompanied by 8 Impossible images from the featured artist. This week, we interviewed Chicago-based photographer, rabbit-lover and life-liver Azuree Wiitala

1) Q: What kind of Polaroid Cameras do you use?

A: My favorite Polaroid camera to use is the SLR 680. Sadly that camera died while my husband and I were visiting my family in Puerto Rico last year. Since then I’ve been shooting with three Sonar One Step SX-70 cameras. Yes, three. They each have different film in them although I have to admit that I can never remember which has what film, which turns out to be a fun surprise, for the most part.

2) Q: Why do you like instant photography?

A: I am drawn to instant photography because it is…instant. I do not prefer to shoot digitally and find that I drag my feet to develop 35mm (which I also love to shoot) so instant film just makes sense to me. I also love the perfect imperfections that come along with shooting instant film. I also love the community that is built up around instant film. I have made some great friends that I’ve met through the instant film community online.

3) Q: What is your earliest memory of instant film?

A: My mom has a pretty cute album of Polaroids of my brother and I when we were little but my first memory of using instant film was taking our Spectra camera to my first day of high school and taking pictures of what high school was like to show my mom and brother. Those pictures will remain trapped in a vault as, in my early years of high school I wanted to be Billy Corgan (yes, metallic blue pleather pants and all) but it was probably my first hands on experience with instant film. A few years later my mom gave me an i-zone camera (remember those?!) that was also a very low resolution digital camera! Then probably my senior year of high school I went thrifting for cool looking cameras and came across some folded up mess of a camera that I didn’t understand. It spat a Polaroid out at me and came home for a whopping $12! That was my first SX-70 which I still have today!

4) Q: What is your favorite Impossible Film?

A:This is a really tough question. I love them all. I really do. I think the PX 600 UV + was the first TIP film that really swept me off of my feet though. I love the tones that film has and think it makes such a beautiful portrait film. It just seems timeless and I really like that.

5) Q: What are your favorite subjects to photograph?

A: I love taking pictures of anything that draws my eye. I definitely don’t have a specialty or any kind of consistency in the photographs I take, just slice of life I suppose. I do love to take pictures of pretty little things that I always want to remember. I’m trying to be brave and take more portraits because I think the TIP films lend themselves so well to portraiture.

6) Q: Tell us about a project you’re working on.

A:I am in the middle of making 3 simple blog posts explaining instant photography, a few of the different films and cameras and how to use them. A lot of my friends who see my photographs are interested in using instant films themselves but don’t know where to start, so I thought I’d make some informative posts to lend a hand. Another ongoing project is to take portraits of my friends and family with instant film. Life is so fragile and I’ve already lost a few people close to me so I’m challenging myself to step out of my comfort zone and photograph those I love for posterity! Lastly, an ongoing project of mine is to document life on the road while I go out on tour with my husband’s band.

7) Q: Who are your favorite photographers, instant or otherwise?

A: I am inspired by so many photographers but I guess if I have to whittle it down my favorite instant film photographers are probably Jen Gotch, whose photos are beautiful, girly, and fun, Emilie Le Fellic who is probably the first instant film photographer I came across on Flickr about 6 years ago and I love the instant photos that Adam Goldberg takes. They all seem to tell a story, like scenes from a movie. I also love the work of those timeless classic photographers – Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank, Vivian Maier and Jeff Bridges.

8) Q: If you could take a photo of anyone or anything what would it be?

A: Anyone or anything?! ANYTHING?! I would love to photograph Central Park filled to the brim with bunny rabbits. No, seriously. Okay maybe bunny rabbits floating in space too.

Special thanks to Azuree for participating. Be sure to visit her site for more instant imagery. Tune in next week for more 8 Exposures!

No. 170

8 Exposures...With Charlie Wagers.

Patrick Tobin, | 1783 days ago

Welcome to a new feature on the Impossible Blog: 8 Exposures. We’ll be asking artists and photographers 8 questions revolving around photography, especially instant photography. Also included will be 8 Impossible images submitted by the featured artist.

Our inaugural edition of 8 Exposures focuses on Charlie Wagers, an Ohio-based graphic designer, art director and illustrator, and a founding member of Three Bears Design.

1) Q: What kind of Polaroid camera(s) do you use?

A: I have a vintage folding SX-70 that I prefer to use, in addition to a bunch of old thrifted 600 cameras. I like the SX-70 because I can use 600 films in it, with a filter. And it folds up nicely, which makes it easy to carry around with me.

2) Q: Why do you like instant photography?

A: I always prefer analogue photography to digital. I most commonly photograph with 120 films in my Holga, so using instant cameras is a treat to see the photos within minutes. I especially appreciate the colors and new effects that come with using Impossible’s film types.

3) Q: What is your earliest memory of instant film?

A: Probably my parents telling me they wouldn’t buy me a Polaroid camera, because the film was too expensive when I was little. Another good memory (not very long ago) was in 2008, my friend Phil and I were living in Pittsburgh. When we found out Polaroid was discontinuing their instant film we drove 45 minutes outside of the city to buy $300 worth of 600 film.

4) Q: What’s your favorite Impossible film type?

A: This is a tough one. My favorite film was the PX-70 Push!, for the colors. I shot a pack of it on tour in March, and loved it. But also I really like borders on the Black Frame version of the PX 600 Silver Shade. Make a color film with black borders, and that will be the ultimate for me.

5) Q: What are your favorite subjects to photograph?

A: I have a weird obsession with old neon signs. I think I just really like to take present-day photos that look like they are from another era. I love using texture and vintage imagery within my graphic design work, and I try to find opportunities to utilize my (amateur) photography within my design work.

6) Q: Tell us about a project you’re working on

A: Right now I’m designing for some secret tour swag for Josh Ritter. I can’t say what, but it is based off of his lyric, “I’m still waiting for the whiskey to whisk me away.” And I love whiskey, so I jumped at the opportunity to create some appropriate imagery.

7) Q: Who are your favorite photographers, instant or otherwise?

A: Last year I saw a show at the Akron Art Museum called Detroit Disassembled by Andrew Moore. The photos were all humongous prints, and the subjects were abandoned buildings in Detroit. I am guilty of enjoying urban-exploration photography, and this show blew me away. I think it was the scale; the photos were very wide, and incredibly detailed. I also really appreciate work by Gregory Crewdson & Diane Arbus.

8) Q: If you could take any photo of anyone or anything what would it be?

A: Probably a shipwreck. I am obsessed with underwater photography, and love swimming. I’ve even tried the Holga in-a-plastic-bag technique. Additionally, I am a certified scuba diver, so maybe this goal is attainable.

Thanks very much to Charlie for participating! Stay tuned for future episodes of 8 Exposures featuring more interesting people from the analog community!

No. 145

Bruce Soyez-Bernard - Ensembles @ NYC Space

Jon Campolo, | 1814 days ago

September 15, 2011
6–9PM
Impossible Project NYC Space
425 Broadway
5th Floor
New York NY 10013

Continuing the series of Impossible Art Works featured on the South Wall at the New York City Impossible Project Space, we are proud to present French born photographer Bruce Soyez-Bernard and his latest work, entitled “Ensemble #1, #2, #3, #4.”

Currently based in New York, Bruce began as a photojournalist in Africa for two years before transitioning into Beauty and Fashion photography in Paris and New York for prestigious clients such as Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan and Schwarzkopf.

These four composite pieces, called “Ensemble,” are a continuation of Soyez-Bernard’s photographic work on the body. Finding inspiration in shapes, skin texture, color and light. Taking several images with different crops and levels, the frames are then re-united, the body put back together, or part of the body, as a final collage.

While using The Impossible Project’s film range, Bruce pursues this process with a focus on the film grain, format and the “happy accidents” of this specific instant medium to create impressive life-size abstract pieces.

Please come celebrate this stunning new work – on view in the NYC Project Space through October 14, 2011, with an opening reception on September 15, 2011.
WHEN: Thursday, September 15, 2011 – 6:00pm to 9:00pm

WHERE: Impossible Project Space NYC – 425 Broadway, 5th Floor
RSVP/Questions: (212) 219-3254 or nycspace@theimpossibleproject.com

No. 131

Patrick Winfield Composites.

Patrick Tobin, | 1857 days ago

Thursday, August 4th from 6-9pm
Impossible Project Space NYC
425 Broadway
5th Floor
New York NY 10013
Winter Blossoms (Empty Vessel), 2011, Patrick Winfield

The Impossible Project Space NYC is incredibly excited to welcome our long-time collaborator, Patrick Winfield, for his very first solo show on our South Wall. This exhibition is free and open to the public and features Patrick’s composite images created from many individual instant photographs on Impossible and Polaroid films.

Patrick is a Brooklyn-based artist whose work is about accidents and how these flaws become a form of perfection. “I may jam or manipulate the films to play up the surface, the tangibility of the film medium. I create a moment out of several various instances – a walking perspective controlled and pulled in by the structure of the grid, not an instant view, but a clustering of memories and visuals. Each photo is competing with the image as a whole, causing this movement of the eye as it takes in a single image then back to the whole.”

Patrick’s work has been featured in an array of arts and design magazines and blogs and you may have recently seen his work at Urban Outfitters – the result of a 2010 collaboration.

*Here are all of the pertinent exhibition details:
Patrick Winfield Composites
August 4 – September 15, 2011
Opening Reception: Thursday, August 4, 6-9pm*
RSVP: nycspace@theimpossibleproject.com

Download the Exhibition Flyer Here

No. 111

"61 Impossible Projects" - Amanda Mason's Darkslide Art

Patrick Tobin, | 1878 days ago

Our good friend Amanda Mason, who is responsible for the second edition of Impossible Project darkslides, was recently featured in an article in Trunk Junk Quarterly The article is not available at TJQ’s site, so we’ve included a link to Amanda’s personal blog, where you can read it in full. Congratulations, Amanda!