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“A Survey Of Polaroid Color Photography”

International Center of Photography Museum (ICP)

To stay healthy, any art needs a continuous replenishment of its sense of magic, of energy, of lightness and play. At its best, Polaroid photography seems to provide this kind of nourishment to photography today. It is a technical innovation which also restores a vigorous crudeness and naïveté to the medium. It reduces the number of procedural variables; it intensifies decisions about the framing and timing of the photograph. It holds out the promise that anyone can achieve its results while at the same time allowing expert photographers to do things that are harder than they look.

Such at least seemed to be the premise of the International Center of Photography’s show of color Polaroid work. The feeling that Polaroid work is likely to become an increasingly important aspect of the medium is emphasized by the variety of the examples on display here. The Polaroid people’s distribution of

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