Mar 13, 2019 | By Alexei Cowan
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Jul 07, 2010
As the recently revived interest in Polaroid images continues, the Impossible Exhibition in Arles, France will be showcasing a group of experimental works by several photographers, including Julia Fullerton-Batten, Frédéric Guelaff and Laurent Humbert, using beta material of Impossible’s upcoming color instant film. Organized by Valérie Hersleven and The Impossible Project, the exhibition will be held at Bar de la Roquette from July 5 – July 13.
The Impossible Project has been developing and producing new analog instant films for traditional Polaroid cameras at a former Polaroid factory in the Netherlands – the experimental film, a sensitive material that produces unique coloring and stunning images, was supplied to all of the photographers in the exhibition. Impossible will officially present and release the First Flush Edition of the film to the public on July 29.
Community participation will also play an important role in the Impossible Exhibition. Endeavoring to combine and contrast the contemporary digital world and the vintage world of family portraits, the city of Arles is calling on its inhabitants to find their own vintage Polaroid shots and bring them to Bar de la Roquette, where students from the École de la Photographie d’Arles will choose a final group of images to be displayed alongside the exhibition. Worldwide participation in the project is also encouraged on the exhibition’s website, which features a “Pola booth” where visitors can shoot a virtual Polaroid with their webcam and publish it to the site’s wall.
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