A host of Polaroid exhibitions as new line of instant color film is announced
Wednesday 30 June 2010
Thirteen photographers have become the first to explore the possibilities of a newly-released line of color film for traditional Polaroid cameras. The experimental works will be featured during this year's Rencontres d'Arles Photography Festival in Arles, France.
In March, a collaboration between the iconic instant film and camera brand Polaroid and the Impossible Project saw the return of the popular cameras, black-and-white instant film and instant printers to the mainstream market.
The project is now in its second phase with the announcement of the Impossible Project's color film range, due to become available to the public on July 29.
The first exhibition of works made with the new color film will be shown during this year's Rencontres d'Arles Photography Festival under the banner of the "Impossible Exhibition."
"The revival of analog instant photography doubtlessly inspirits this year's Les Rencontres d'Arles Photography Festival, and the premiere of the results on the first samples of Impossible's new color film marks another milestone of instant photography's future," wrote the Impossible Project in a June 28 press release.
Following the trend, citizens from the French city of Arles have also dug through their old photograph albums to find vintage family portraits taken with Polaroid film. These will be exhibited alongside images from the "Impossible Exhibition."
"La Controverse do Polaroid" will also be on show during the Rencontres d'Arles Photography Festival.
Images from the European Polaroid Collection have been selected for a yet another Polaroid-themed exhibition, entitled "Polaroid in Peril!" set to be presented at the Espace Van Gogh in Arles.
Over 1,000 Polaroid photographs taken by the likes of Andy Warhol, Ansel Adams and Chuck Close were sold at a Sotheby's auction in New York on June 21 and 22.
The "Impossible Exhibition" will be held at the Bar de la Roquette in Arles from July 5-13.
The Rencontres D'Arles will take place in Arles, France from July 3 to September 19.
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