None of the images in this gallery have been altered digitally.
TIme Zero SX-70 film was introduced by Polaroid in 1972 as the first ”dry” instant film which did not require peeling apart the print from the negative. It was an instant hit and many artists including Andy Warhol used it in it’s unaltered form. The instant nature of the print coupled with vivid colors that are specific to the Polaroid pallet opened a new avenue in photo experimentation. Soon after it’s release photo artist noticed a unique trait in the emulsion which no other film possessed and which made it intriguing to me personally.
The inherent property of this particular film is such that during the development phase the chemicals remain pliable and can be manipulated manually to achieve a tremendous variety of visual alterations. Textures can be created or erased and straight lines can become circles. Artist’s imagination is the only limit to the final outcome of the image. Work starts right away from the time the image emerges from the camera and can continue up to a few hours (depending on the outside temperature). Using different tools during different times of the development can yield drastically varied results and so it is imperative to have a solid plan of action for every image.
When one is altering a Polaroid image there is a imminent urge for perfection as the moment in time can not be caught again and work goes on on the only possible original unlike in many other photographic techniques that employ a negative or some other way of storing the original image. It is very easy to obliterate the image entirely with a single misguided stroke or one that is too hard and so great care must be observed.
In 2005 Polaroid discontinued manufacturing this film to the great disappointment to all photo enthusiasts. It remains unclear if the people who purchased the factory equipment required to make this film after Polaroid’s demise will revive this beautiful film.