Polaroid Art, instant photography

Polaroid photography was invented by Edwin Land. Land was the American inventor and physicist whose one-step process for developing and printing photographs created a revolution in photography – instant photography. You can view Edwin Land’s patent for the polaroid camera on the left for the camera that allowed the photographer to remove a developing print after the picture had been snapped. Edwin Land founded the Polaroid Corporation to manufacturer his new camera. The first poloroid camera was sold to the public in November, 1948.

Referring to the famous Polaroid Collection, the Impossible Collection features photographic artworks by international artists and photographers, made on the new instant film materials produced by Impossible. These close cooperations do not only allow Impossible a constant learning about its film materials in close collaboration with the people using it, but they also reveal the potential of the films by collecting and presenting a growing collection of the most interesting, analog photographic works of all times.

Find Polaroid camera’s and film on eBay.

Julian Schnabel: Polaroids

This book collects the large-format Polaroids by the American artist and film director Julian Schnabel.
And here an online portfolio of Schnabels’ polaroids: Polaroids by Julian Schnabel

Julian Schnabel biography and resources.

Polaroids: Attila Richard Lukacs and Michael Morris

Attila Richard Lukacs is one of the art world’s most talented and controversial contemporary artists, best known for his epic paintings that depict masculine, homoerotic imagery, featuring figures such as gay skinheads and military cadets. His work has been exhibited at documenta in Kassel, Germany, as well as in New York, Paris, London, Berlin, and Cologne, among other cities.
Lukacs regularly employs a Polaroid camera as part of his artistic process, using his friends and acquaintances as models; taking advantage of the Polaroid’s unique characteristics, his painterly sensibility is evident in the rich hues and romantic sensuality of these photographs, which are strikingly similar to the paintings that resulted from them.

Attila Richard Lukacs biography and resources.

The Polaroid Book: Selections from the Polaroid Collections of Photography

This survey features more than 400 works from the Polaroid Collection along with essays by Hitchcock, who illuminates the beginnings and history of the Polaroid Corporation.

Like Lipstick Traces: Daily Life Polaroids from Thirteen Graffiti Writers


Andy Warhol: Ladies & Gentleman, Sex Parts, Torsos, Polaroids
400 Polaroids by Andy Warhol of street hustlers and call boys engaging in sexual acts and posing as drag queens.

Andy Warhol biography and resources.

Andy Warhol: Polaroids, Celebrities and Self-Portraits

The 65 color images here include Warhol’s self-portraits–occasionally in drag or another kind of costume–as well as Warhol’s pictures of celebrities and artists from all fields. Included here are artists such as Keith Haring, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, Francesco Clemente, and Jean-Michel Basquiat; writers such as William S. Burroughs and Truman Capote; and actors including Liza Minelli and Dennis Hopper, among numerous others.

Mapplethorpe: Polaroids

Robert Mapplethorpe’s black-and-white Polaroid photographs of the 1970s–a medium in which he established the style that would bring him international acclaim–are brought together in this exquisite volume for the first time.

Robert Mapplethorpe biography and resources.

FOUND Polaroids

There are photographs, and then there are Polaroids. This hardbound beauty is stuffed with 100+ specimens and curiosities from the Polaroid age, when gratification was as instant as the digital camera but far easier to lose. It’s filled with an incredible collection of photos – some of them very funny, others strangely moving and affecting.

Robert Therrien: Polaroids and Drawings

Robert Therrien biography and resources.

Walker Evans: Polaroids

In 1973 Walker Evans began to work with the innovative Polaroid SX-70 camera and was given an unlimited supply of film from its manufacturer. The virtues of this camera, introduced in 1972, perfectly fit Evans’s search for a concise yet poetic vision of his world: its instant prints were for the infirm seventy-year-old photographer what scissors and cut paper were for the aging Matisse.

Walker Evans biography and resources.

Anna & Bernhard Blume: Polaroid-Collages 1975-2000

Anna and Bernhard Blume stage pseudo-paranormal events within typically bourgeois settings and photograph them with Polaroid cameras. The objects and the protagonists are spun into the air, fly off, levitate or roll around, exposing that undercurrent of eeriness inherent to domesticity.

Bernard Blume biography and resources.

save polaroid
Polaroid has stopped making film. www.savepolaroid.com is a site dedicated to keeping the film alive, hopefully by convincing another company to produce it.
The point of this group is to put a faces and stories to all the Polaroid users out there and show potential companies that might consider taking over production, who we are and why we’re serious about saving instant film. Even if it doesn’t work, it will be a great collection of our photos and stories. Post 1 (and 1 only) photo of YOURSELF taken with a Polaroid film camera.

Lady Gaga is (self announced) Polaroid’s creative director