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Innovation Imagination: 50 Years of Polaroid Photography

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The works inInnovation/Imagination are all selected from the Polaroid Collection. Included here are more than 80 colorplates of Polaroids by such diverse artists as Ansel Adams, Robert Frank, Nancy Burson, Robert Mapplethorpe, Chuck Close, Lucas Samaras, and William Wegman. Their photographs display the artistic inventiveness and technical achievement made possible by Polaroid film and present an overview of the past 50 years in photography. The photographs are accompanied by an essay placing Polaroid in ...
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Overview

The works inInnovation/Imagination are all selected from the Polaroid Collection. Included here are more than 80 colorplates of Polaroids by such diverse artists as Ansel Adams, Robert Frank, Nancy Burson, Robert Mapplethorpe, Chuck Close, Lucas Samaras, and William Wegman. Their photographs display the artistic inventiveness and technical achievement made possible by Polaroid film and present an overview of the past 50 years in photography. The photographs are accompanied by an essay placing Polaroid in historical context, and comments by the photographers themselves offer insights into how Polaroid has affected their art. A chronology provides more information on important Polaroid achievements.
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We may think of instant cameras as the stuff that snapshots are made of, but there's nothing inherent in the medium that limits it to the pedestrian. Ansel Adams experimented with Polaroid photography, as did Robert Mapplethorpe, Andy Warhol, Robert Frank, Chuck Close, David Hockney, and dozens of others. Over the years, Edwin H. Land, the man who invented instant photography, gathered an archive of more than 20,000 Polaroid images by these and other prominent artists. Innovation/Imagination: 50 Years of Polaroid Photography uses selected images from that archive to show the wide range of artistic possibilities this format has fostered.
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When Edwin Land invented instant photography more than 50 years ago, he offered this thought on his scientific breakthrough: "The purpose of inventing instant photography was essentially aesthetic--to make available a new medium of expression to numerous individuals who have artistic interest in the world around them." Having hired Ansel Adams in 1948 to test the limits of this new medium, Land was clearly committed to his science as a tool of the visual arts. This volume gives us a selective look at the Polaroid Collection, established in the 1960s to honor the works of artists using instant photography. There are remarkable images here that don't just stretch notions of Polaroid photography but of photography in general. The bizarre, the ordinary, and the multiple image all coexist in this book to demonstrate how imagination can work within the parameters of the Polaroid film, with its limited control of color and generally the small, square format. It is all to the good--a reminder of the power of a less-appreciated medium in the hands of a roster of 20th-century photographers. Recommended for public and academic libraries.--David Bryant, New Canaan P.L., CT Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Accompanies a May 1999 exhibition in San Francisco of selections from the Polaroid Collection. Presents 82 photographs, both color and monochrome, in chronological sections by decade. Introductory chapters discuss the collection, the impact of instant photography, and the use of it for art. The photographers are indexed. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810943582
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/1999
  • Pages: 120
  • Product dimensions: 10.75 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7
The Polaroid Collection 8
Introduction 10
Edwin Land's Polaroid: "A New Eye" 13
Photographs 21
Polaroid and the Artist 114
Polaroid Milestones 118
Index of Photographers 120
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