Polaroid films provided instant satisfaction for anyone, with no photo skills. Some of the work of photo artists in Polaroid’s vast collection, such as Ansel Adams, Andy Warhol, Robert Mapplethorpe, Robert Rauschenberg, David Hockney, Robert Frank. Chuck Close, et al, will be forced into auction by a bankruptcy court in Minnesota.
Prints by Mr. Close, Mr. Wegman, Robert Rauschenberg, David Hockney, Robert Frank, Robert Mapplethorpe, Warhol and Lucas Samaras are expected to fetch $7.5 million to $11.5 million. There will be 400 photographs by Ansel Adams alone.
Photo artists, like embraced them with varying results. The simple cameras built on the ‘everyman’ ‘everywoman’ everychild’ aspects of photography started, arguably, with the original Kodak camera.
Long before inexpensive digicams, Polaroids were making it supremely easy all to make a photo, now.
From the New York Times:
The auction is scheduled to take place at Sotheby’s New York on June 21 and 22, 2010.
Long live Polaroid!
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