Art / Film

Instant Experimentation: Art After Polaroids

Before the days of DSLR cameras and Instagram photos, film photography ruled the scene. While developing film takes a minimal one hour at Walgreens, the main perk of Polaroid photography (besides looking totally soft grunge) is that you are instantly gratified with your photo. For some, though, the artistic process doesn’t stop there. Some artists go above and beyond with their creations, using the picture as simply a medium of a greater final product. The book The Polaroid Years: Instant Photography and Experimentation goes into the history of the Polaroid camera as well as the artists that experiment with the product. Scroll down to see some great photos that you can find in the book, and if you happen to be in the Illinois area make sure to check out an exhibit featuring the book at Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University opening September 20th.

— Garrett Nickell

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