Seven Famous Photographers Who Used Polaroids

For artists such as Andy Warhol and Ansel Adams, the Polaroid SX-70 was the digital camera of its day

Imogen + Hermiane Pembroke Studios, London 30th July 1982 (David Hockney, Composite Polaroid 31 1/2” x 24 1/2”, © David Hockney)

Lucas Samaras, Photo-Transformation (12/13/1974)

(Lucas Samaras / Hirshhorn Museum, SI)
Greek multimedia artist Lucas Samaras wasn’t content to sit back and see what developed when he shot with his Polaroid SX-70. Instead he took to manipulating the colored dyes on the ejected drying photographs with whatever was handy, whether it was pins or rubber erasers. As a result, the self-portraits he often shot in his kitchen with mirrored and patterned backgrounds became even more extreme and other worldly.

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