"It is a basic human need to be connected to and nurtured by our past, and to leave our own mark--in Polaroid photos swollen with emulsion, leather notebooks filled with thoughts, or ballet flats stained by a walk in the rain. There is a reason our Bladerunner future looks like a 40's film noir. No one wants to die and discover that all you have to pass on to the next generation is your Facebook page." - Stephanie Savage, Producer of Gossip Girl
In this age of digital capture and instantaneous review (chimping), the term "instant photography" has become somewhat of a misnomer. "Pictures in a minute!" sounded very appealing back in the 1950s, '60s and even the '70s, when the Polaroid Land cameras were in their heyday. Today, a single minute is time enough for you to take a burst of images and upload them onto Instagram.
I believe that in our hyper-visual society, it is more important than ever to spend more quality time with fewer photographs, rather than scroll through a seemingly endless stream of images on the social media feeds of your choice. Here, on Polagraphy, my aim is to create an online platform for news and information about the artists and creators who are utilizing analog materials to create meaningful work, with a view to framing their roles within the broader photographic community.
NOUN the art and practice of making images using "instant" cameras and self-developing film materials
ORIGIN late 20th cent.: from Polaroid (registered trademark of Polaroid Corporation) and photography (drawing with light)