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768.01   Improving content on photographic techniques
Examples
768.02   Polaroids
Photographers
768.03   William Wegman: Polaroids
768.04   Laurie Minor: Altered Polaroid SX-70 prints
768.05   Cassio Vasconcellos: Inkjet prints based on scanned Polaroid SX-70 prints
768.06   Xavier Damon: Polaroids
768.07   Tim Mantoani: Polaroids of photographers
768.08   David Levinthal: Polaroid polacolor ER land film prints
768.09   Barbara Kasten: Polaroid polacolor prints
768.10   Fred Beckman: Polaroid prints
768.11   Jack Welpott: Polaroid prints
768.12   Olivia Parker: Polaroid prints
768.13   Carlo Mollino: Polaroid prints
768.14   Robert Gardner: Borroro male beauty - SX-70 prints
768.15   Bruce Charlesworth: Polaroid SX-70 prints with acrylic and collage
768.16   Ken Elliott: Polaroid Transfer prints with manipulations
768.17   Julie Moos: Polaroid portraits
Photographers
768.18   Ellen Carey: Pulls
This theme includes example sections and will be revised and added to as we proceed. Suggestions for additions, improvements and the correction of factual errors are always appreciated.
 
  
Information requests 
  
768.01   Process and product >  Improving content on photographic techniques 
  
We are seeking to expand the themes covering photographic techniques and processes. These sections will include:
  • Invention of the process
     
  • Any related patents
     
  • Trade literature
     
  • Contemporary advertisements and announcements of the innovation
     
  • A description of the process and its variants
     
  • Historical examples and details of where examples can be located in public collections
     
  • Contemporary examples by photographers using the exact process.
Conservation will not initially be included but may be in the future if required.
 
  
Examples 
  
768.02   Process and product >  Polaroids 
  
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768.03   Process and product >  William Wegman: Polaroids 
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768.04   Process and product >  Laurie Minor: Altered Polaroid SX-70 prints 
  
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768.05   Process and product >  Cassio Vasconcellos: Inkjet prints based on scanned Polaroid SX-70 prints 
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768.06   Process and product >  Xavier Damon: Polaroids 
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768.07   Process and product >  Tim Mantoani: Polaroids of photographers 
  
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768.08   Process and product >  David Levinthal: Polaroid polacolor ER land film prints 
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768.09   Process and product >  Barbara Kasten: Polaroid polacolor prints 
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In the 1980s Barbara Kasten created her Polaroid polacor prints in her Constructs[1] series. 
  
768.10   Process and product >  Fred Beckman: Polaroid prints 
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768.11   Process and product >  Jack Welpott: Polaroid prints 
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768.12   Process and product >  Olivia Parker: Polaroid prints 
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768.13   Process and product >  Carlo Mollino: Polaroid prints 
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768.14   Process and product >  Robert Gardner: Borroro male beauty - SX-70 prints 
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768.15   Process and product >  Bruce Charlesworth: Polaroid SX-70 prints with acrylic and collage 
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768.16   Process and product >  Ken Elliott: Polaroid Transfer prints with manipulations 
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768.17   Process and product >  Julie Moos: Polaroid portraits 
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768.18   Process and product >  Ellen Carey: Pulls 
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A 2007 press release from the JHB Gallery provides a context for the worl of Ellen Carey:
Carey creates images that are one-of-a-kind using the Polaroid one-step, peel away process that develops in a mere 60 seconds. It produces a positive along with its negative, Carey shows both, making pictures that are simultaneously photographic and abstract. These artworks she calls "Pulls", her term since 1996 upon its discovery, echoes the physical activity of making these pictures,
 
The "Pulls" are boldly displayed as color positive prints. Carey’s signature conical looping shapes, reminiscent of moiré patterns, wood grain or photographic Newton rings are seen with their opposites, the negatives or "shadows". Both prints contain rich surfaces. The negatives dry and their patina results from this change. As photographic objects they serve as symbols of their former selves, a "memento mori". Carey signals Talbot’s paper negative (1834) at the dawn of photography and the negative/positive axis that is photography’s foundation. Equal status is given to both prints (the Polaroid negative is usually discarded) and the artist acknowledges this history, underscoring its importance by tacking the "Pulls" to the wall with pushpins. Her installations are visually rich, a visceral experience of synoptic clarity and "in situ" presentation direct from the artist’s hand and the Polaroid studio.[2]
 
  

Footnotes 
  
  1. Λ Barbara Kasten, 1985, Constructs, (New York Graphic Society) 
      
  2. Λ Press release, 2007, "Ellen Carey: Polaroid Pulls & Shadows", JHB Gallery, New York. 
      

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General reading 
  
Bonanos, Christopher, 2012, Instant: The Story of Polaroid, (Princeton Architectural Press) isbn-10: 1616890851 isbn-13: 978-1616890858 [Δ
  
Davis, N. A., 1993, September, ‘Problems with the Dating of a Polaroid SX-70 Photograph‘, Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFSCA), vol. 38, no. 5, pp. 1243-1245 [Δ
  
Franck, F. E., 1984, ‘Polaroid Film ID Numbers (Decipher/Associate/Date)‘, in 1984, 42nd Annual Conference of the American Society of Questioned Document Examiners, Nashville, TN [Δ
  
Hitchcock, Barbara & Crist, Steve (ed.), 2008, The Polaroid Book: Selections from the Polaroid Collections of Photography, (Taschen) [Δ
  
Hitchcock, Barbara et al., 2011, From Polaroid to Impossible: Masterpieces of Instant Photography, The WestLicht Collection, (Hatje Cantz) isbn-10: 3775732217 isbn-13: 978-3775732215 [Δ
  
Janis, Eugenia Parry, 1979, One of a kind, Recent Polaroid color photography, (Boston) [Δ
  
Lombino, Mary-Kay & Buse, Peter, 2013, The Polaroid Years: Instant Photography and Experimentation, (Prestel) isbn-10: 3791352644 isbn-13: 978-3791352640 [Δ
  
Palazzoli, Daniela, 1989, Reflections of Life, (New York & Milan: Idea Books) [Δ
  
Polaroid Reference [firm], 1998, August, Polaroid Film Codes: This Reference Document describes how to interpret manufacturing codes for Polaroid Films manufactured in the US (Norwood & Waltham), Scotland (Vale of Leven), Mexico (Quaretaro), and Holland (Enschede)., (Bedford, MA: Americas Business Center) [Δ
  
 
  
Readings on, or by, individual photographers 
  
Ansel Adams 
  
Adams, Ansel, 1963, Polaroid Land Camera Photography Manual, (New York) [Revised edtion 1978] [Δ
  
Adams, Ansel, 1979, Polaroid Land Photography, (New York Graphic Society) [Revised edition] [Δ
  
Walker Evans 
  
Rosenheim, Jeff, 2002, Walker Evans Polaroids, (New York: in association with The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Zurich: Scalo) [Δ
  
Edwin H. Land 
  
McElheny, Victor K., 1999, Insisting On the Impossible : The Life of Edwin Land, (Basic Books) isbn-10: 0738201901 isbn-13: 978-0738201900 [Δ
  
Danny Lyon 
  
Lyon, Danny, 1989, I Like to Eat Right on the Dirt: A Child's Journey Back in Space and Time, (Bleak Beauty Books) isbn-10: 0962099228 isbn-13: 978-0962099229 [Δ
  
Robert Mapplethorpe 
  
Wolf, Sylvia, 2007, Mapplethorpe: Polaroids, (Prestel Publishing) isbn-10: 3791338358 isbn-13: 978-3791338354 [Δ
  
Carlo Mollino 
  
Mollino, Carlo & Ferrari, Fulvio, 2002, Carlo Mollino: Polaroids, (Arena Editions) isbn-10: 189204160X isbn-13: 978-1892041609 [Δ
  
Helmut Newton 
  
Newton, Helmut, 2011, Helmut Newton: Polaroids, (Taschen) isbn-10: 383652886X isbn-13: 978-3836528863 [Δ
  
Lucas Samaras 
  
Samaras, Lucas, 1971, Samaras Album, Autointerview, Autobiography, Autopolaroid 1971, (New York: the Whitney Museum of American Art and Pace Editions, Inc.) [Δ
  
 
  
If you feel this list is missing a significant book or article please let me know - Alan - alan@luminous-lint.com 
  

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Fred Beckman • Ellen Carey  (1952-) • Bruce Charlesworth  (1950-) • Xavier Damon  (1969-) • Philip-Lorca diCorcia  (check) • Ken Elliott • Walker Evans  (1903-1975) • Robert Gardner  (1925-) • David Hockney  (1937-) • Barbara Kasten  (1936-) • Edwin H. Land  (1909-1991) • David Levinthal  (1949-) • Robert Mapplethorpe  (1946-1989) • Carlo Mollino  (1905-1973) • Julie Moos • Helmut Newton  (1920-2004) • Olivia Parker  (1941-) • Lucas Samaras  (1936-) • Cassio Vasconcellos  (1965-) • Andy Warhol  (1928-1987) • William Wegman  (1943-) • Jack Welpott  (1923-2007)
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   Photographer 
  
ThumbnailBarbara Kasten: Polaroid polacolor prints 
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ThumbnailBruce Charlesworth: Polaroid SX-70 prints with acrylic and collage 
About this photographer | Photographs by this photographer 
ThumbnailCarlo Mollino: Polaroid prints 
About this photographer | Photographs by this photographer 
ThumbnailCassio Vasconcellos: Inkjet prints based on scanned Polaroid SX070 prints 
About this photographer | Photographs by this photographer 
ThumbnailDavid Levinthal: Polaroid polacolor ER land film prints 
About this photographer | Photographs by this photographer 
ThumbnailDonald Lawrence: Underwater Polaroid Pinhole Camera, 1999 
Thumbnail Ellen Carey: Pulls 
About this photographer | Photographs by this photographer 
ThumbnailFred Beckman: Polaroid prints 
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ThumbnailJack Welpott: Polaroid prints 
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ThumbnailJulie Moos: Polaroid portraits 
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ThumbnailKen Elliott: Polaroid Transfer prints with manipulations 
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ThumbnailLaurie Minor: Altered Polaroid SX-70 prints 
ThumbnailOlivia Parker: Polaroid prints 
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ThumbnailRobert Gardner: Borroro male beauty - SX-70 prints 
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ThumbnailTim Mantoani: Polaroids of photographers 
ThumbnailWilliam Wegman: Polaroids 
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ThumbnailXavier Damon: Polaroids 
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