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the Polaroid collection: düsseldorf

By Mike from Vancouver, Canada
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What: The Polaroid Collection
When: now thru August 5
Where: NRW-Forum Düsseldorf

Believe it or not, both infamous artists Ansel Adams and Andy Warhol created works using Instant Photography.

While Instagram is based on it, and one never knows which piece of it may end up in a museum, the legendary 500+ Polaroid Collection is now on exhibit at the NRW-Düsseldorf.

Thanks to a group of artists, led by Chuck Close, in 2009 the Vienna Museum saved the European collection from auction—which, as part of the bankruptcy process, could have broken up the collection.

Created by Edwin Land in the late 1940s, the Land Camera offered a new medium to those with an “artistic interest in the world around them”. In reality, it became the camera anyone could easily operate—but not necessarily master the developing process.

During the 1950s, Polaroid—along with mentor and early contributor Ansel Adams—supported the constant development and improvement of new instant cameras. And in the 60s the Collection of works began with company sponsorship of cameras and film to select photographers—approximately 4400 pieces by 800 international artists—some of which will be included in the exhibit.