Talk
Tue 21 Nov 2017

Anatomy of a Polaroid: Presented by Polaroid Originals

“ Nothing compared to the Polaroid form, it was a little magic act each time – nothing more, nothing less”  - Wim Wenders

The arrival of the Polaroid camera transformed our relationship not only to images, but to the very process of taking photographs. 

Difficult now to imagine in this age of instant everything, but the thrill of looking at something that had just happened, the singularity of the little square frame, the sociability that gathering around to watch a picture develop lay somewhere between science fiction and sitting round a camp fire.  Polaroids were the forerunner of instaculture.

Taking our current exhibition, Instant Stories. Wim Wenders’ Polaroids as a point of departure, our panel of scientists, creatives and cultural thinkers unpack the complex chemistry behind analogue instant photography, explore its popularity and cultural resonance then and now – especially given its growing popularity with millennials  - and reflect on its unique ability to be both a form of rehearsal and performance in artistic practice. 

Chaired by writer and author, Peter Buse, the panel includes Polaroid Originals Scientist and CTO: Stephen Herchen, Photographer and writer, Kyler Zeleny, plus special guests TBA.

Our bookshop will be open before and after the event and is offering a 10% discount on all Polaroid products for the evening.  

18.30 – 19.45

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