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Field Trip - The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

If you will be in the New York area between now and June 30th, plan to take a trip over to the prestigious Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie to view the wonderful exhibition, The Polaroid Years: Instant Photography and Experimentation. I have posted the exhibition's summary, taken from the website, below:

This survey exhibition brings together ground breaking Polaroid pictures by forty artists spanning the period from the initial release of the SX-70 camera in 1972 until the present. The exhibition centers on experimentation and examines how the invention of instant photography—in particular Polaroid, a brand known for its innovation and responsiveness to artistic endeavors—has influenced and inspired amateurs and professionals for nearly forty years. By juxtaposing early experimental work with more recent forays into the possibilities of the medium, the exhibition tells a more complete story of instant photography than has yet been chronicled. The photographs included represent a wide range of approaches and sensibilities and upend established parameters of photography in various ways. Artists represented include such pioneers of instant photography as Ansel Adams, Ellen Carey, Chuck Close, Walker Evans, David Hockney, Robert Mapplethorpe, Joyce Neimanas, Andy Warhol, and William Wegman as well as a new generation of artists including Anne Collier, Bryan Graf, Catherine Opie, Lisa Oppenheim, Dash Snow, Mungo Thomson, and Grant Worth.

Curatorial research for the exhibition was sponsored by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The exhibition is made possible in part by the Smart Family Fund for Art Exhibition Support.

• What: The Polaroid Years: Instant Photography and Experimentation

• When: April 12 - June 30, 2013

• Where: 124 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12604 Get directions

• Admission: Admission is free and open to the public. All galleries are wheelchair accessible.

• Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 1pm-5pm. Closed Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas to New Year's Day. 

• Info: (845) 437-5632



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Polaroid joins the Social Media Party 

Polaroid is set to launch its latest addition to the digital camera family in the form of the Z2300. The camera is being hailed as "the ultimate social media machine," with the capability to instantly capture and easily upload images to any social media platform. The nifty and compact camera, which is available in either black or white, also comes equipped with an integrated, ZINK® Tech printer. The camera's retail price will be $159.99 and it will hit the shelves August 15th.
This is not the first time we have blogged about Polaroid's evolution over the years (read our article, So Where Will Polaroid Be Five Years From Now?), but we continue to be impressed by the company's ability to constantly reinvent itself. Here at NYIP we are always monitoring new trends and technological developments in the realm of photography to share with our readers. What do you think of the Z2300? Have the pioneers of instant photography redefined themselves again for the digital age?

Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera
Click here to read the entire Photography News article, Polaroid Introduces New Z2300 Instant Digital Camera.
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So Where Will Polaroid Be Five Years from Now?

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We can't help but nod our heads in approval as Polaroid, an old imaging company, continues to reinvent itself. Focusing on the immediacy of Polaroid's products and social media mania, the company is unleashing a new website look, new Grey Label products, and relationships like their new long-term collaboration with photographer/director Chase Jarvis. It helps that iconic performer Lady Gaga, the queen of all social media, is the company's new Creative Director - and we're looking forward to seeing what more's in store as Polaroid gets us backstage at New York City's fashion runways, shares fan images from top pop concerts, and pursues other of-the-moment, artistic directions.



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