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Polaroid's announcement, which was surged by a story the New York Times, was surprising to most. Much more shocking, however, was the simultaneous decision to discontinue all of the company's instant film products. Not being able to buy a new camera is one thing, having no source of film for the one you already own is another.
Considering that most of the existing Polaroid film stock is set to expire in the coming months, if it hasn't already, this summer is truly the end of an era for amateur photo enthusiasts. Enter "Instant Gratification: A Polaroid Party," a gallery exhibition and limited edition book being assembled by the ISM Community Project and the Hibbleton Gallery in Fullerton, California.
This collaborative project, which "pays tribute to instant film and the discontinued Polaroid 600 Series," will consist of works submitted by more than 100 professional and amateur photographers from around the world, quite possibly including you. The gallery collection will consist of hundreds of "original, one-of-a-kind Polaroid's displayed together in a uniform manner from floor to ceiling, side by side, in protective plastic sleeves," and will be on display until Sunday, August 30th.
Then, once the Hibbleton collection shuts its doors, a group of artists and designers will convene as a jury to put together a limited retrospective book, including personal essays and farewell letters to the Polaroid 600. This book will be available to the public in 2010.
An opening reception for the collection takes place at 7pm on Friday August 7th, 2009 at the Hibbleton Gallery. August 7th is also the projected date of expiration for the Polaroid 600 Series. During the opening reception the gallery will also have a blank wall dedicated to real-time, "night of" photo submissions from attendees, so be sure to bring your camera.
Polaroid submissions for the gallery exhibition and the limited edition book are open to the public, but must be received before this Friday, July 24th. Ironically, Polaroid is perhaps the only analog format that allows for such short notice--just point, click, shake it like Outkast want you to, and then drop your white square into the mail. SEE ALSO: www.ismcommunity.org/polaroidpartyLA
SEE ALSO: www.hibbleton.com
Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.
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