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Polaroids Take Vienna by Storm

WestLicht is celebrating its 10th anniversary with an exhibition of instant photography. Until the 21st August, the Viennese photo museum will show a representative cross-section of Polaroid inventor Edwin Herbert Land’s legendary collection. Instants ranging from Ansel Adams to Andy Warhol will be on display.

Red stockings, 1980, Polaroid SX-70 © Auke Bergsma via westlicht.com

Polaroids of varying artistic concepts, collages and opulent arrangements covering genres from fashion to architecture are currently on show at the Westlicht Photo Museum in Vienna.

The Princess and the Frogs 1983, Polaroid Polacolor © Vicki Lee Ragan via westlicht.com

More than 350 works by around 150 of the international artists and photographers represented in Land’s collection are on display. The exhibition was made possible by the purchase of the collection by WestLicht in March 2011. It had been put on the market by the liquidators dealing with the assets of the bankrupt Polaroid company.

Untitled, 1975, Polaroid SX-70 © Eames Office, LLC via westlicht.com

The spectacular acquisition at the last moment secures the continued existence of this historic collection and opens it to a broad public for the first time.

AMSTERDAM, 1980, Polaroid Polacolor © Eredi di Luigi Ghirri via westlicht.com

From the 1960s, Land began to provide artists with Polaroid material for experimentation. The images were made with a wide range of Polaroid cameras, materials and films, and they were a vivid documentation of the development of this ground-breaking invention.

Sahin Kaygun, 1983, Polaroid 600 HS Hand-colored © Burçak Kaygun via westlicht.com

In its entirety, Land’s collection encompasses around 4400 pieces by 800 artists.



Untitled, 1976, Polaroid SX-70 © Helmut Newton Estate via westlicht.com

A catalogue, “From Polaroid to Impossible / Masterpieces of Instant Photography – The WestLicht Collection,” has been published by Hatje Cantz. It was edited by Achim Heine, Rebekka Reuter and Ulrike Willingmann. It is also available in German and English, and has 192 pages of approximately 200 colour images.

POLAROID (IM)POSSIBLETHE WESTLICHT COLLECTION is open until the 
21st August 2011 at WestLicht. Schauplatz für Fotografie, Westbahnstraße 40, 1070 Vienna.

written by webo29

1 comment

  1. chrissiea

    chrissiea

    I might need to try to go to Vienna and check it out.

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