Polaroid: EXP.09.10.09

9 Oct 2009 – 28 Nov 2009

Atlas Gallery

London, United Kingdom


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Featuring: Nobuyoshi Araki, David Bailey, Peter Blake, Elliott Erwitt, Walker Evans, Ralph Gibson, Jim Goldberg, Philippe Halsman, Barbara Kasten, André Kertesz, William Klein, David Leventhal, Robert Mapplethorpe, Mary Ellen Mark, Steven Meisel, Daido Moriyama, Helmut Newton, Marc Quinn, Rankin, Lucas Samaras and Andy Warhol.

The 9th October 2009 will see the final Use by or Expiration date of the last batch of Polaroid film manufactured. The exhibition at Atlas will feature a wide selection of Polaroid prints by photographers who have either worked directly with the Polaroid Corporation as part of their research program or who have become famous for the quality of their Polaroid prints either alongside or independent from their traditional camera-based work. It will thus trace the development and use of this unique medium up to the present day.

The exhibition will feature special commissioned works by Contemporary artist Marc Quinn, legendary Pop artist Peter Blake, and iconic Magnum photographer Elliott Erwitt. Quinn wrote of this experience: What I like about Polaroids is that they are like a sculpture of a photograph. In other words, when you press the button, the Polaroid comes out of the camera, and image is transformed into an object (May, 2009).

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