Warhol had a extraordinary knack for capturing portraits of some of the most influential people in the world, Warhol used photography as an integral part of his art making process. He referred to his Polaroid Big Shot camera, his “pencil and paper.” The Polaroid prints, instantaneously tangible records of the transitory, served as subjects for Warhol’s drawings, silkscreens, and paintings.
Recently purchasing an ins-tax camera made me want to use this format in my final major project, as I have never experimented with this sort of camera, but would be a good edition to my work with the sense and feel I am going for. Home aesthetic, to editorials. I found Warhols work with polaroids, I found the overall look really strong, and interesting to see how they look quite modern with that home aesthetic feel. I have taken some inspiration from this series of work, and would like to try and create my own small version of polaroids.
Recurrent themes of desire, consumption, and mortality run throughout. The rarity of these works, coupled with the dwindling production of Polaroid film, dually capture a specific time in both Warhol’s practice and the history of photography.
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