At the beginning of April, 2022 I decided to buy a forty-four year old Polaroid SX-70 camera. I had originally intended to just play around with it for fun; but I began to wonder if it would be possible to use the SX-70 for serious documentary photography and fine art photography, despite the limitations imposed by a camera that has a non-interchangeable lens, doesn't allow fully manual exposure control, and uses a film with a very high contrast rendering compared to digital cameras and conventional color films. It has been a challenge!
For nearly thirty years, I have been working on a long-term documentary project centered on my home state of Indiana in the American Midwest. This year, I am using the Polaroid camera for nearly all of my continuing work on these projects. Continue Reading --->
Thsee two portfolios repesent work that I did with Polaroid materiels as an art student in the late 1990s, when the original Polaroid Corporation was still in business. These images can never be done again, since the unique materials needed for them have not been manufactured in more than twenty years.