Friday, September 5, 2014

Paper, Prints and Polaroid

Los Angeles --  The other night I watched the documentary, Time Zero: The Last Year of Polaroid Film. The 2012 film talks about the end of an era and the artists that used Polaroid and lament it's eventual demise

After watching the film, I realized that I too miss the simplicity and genius of Polaroid film. Not just that it provides instant results, but that the photograph is tangible, much like the books that seem to lay dormant on my shelves.

Although I am a digital photographer and shoot tens of thousands of images a year, it is rare that I ever print an actual photograph anymore. I have a large screen in my office that projects beautiful images, but lost is the venerable (and sometimes) priceless piece of paper.

2 comments:

Pasadena Adjacent said...

My partner is still making B&W prints. We are dinosaurs. The loss of Kodachrome is what breaks my heart.

John Taylorson said...

I LOVE the fact that some photographers are still using the darkroom. In fact, B&W film has made quite a comeback, especially with younger artists. Now if only they could resurrect Kodachrome.

Heck, I have my Photoshop "Kodachrome" presets to emulate it's brilliance, but it's not the same.