Monday, June 29, 2009

Mapplethorpe Polaroids

POLAROIDS: MAPPLETHORPE traces the early use of instant photography by the American photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. This exhibition will be opening July 4th weekend at the Modern Art Oxford Museum and will be on display through September 13th, 2009.
On display with be 92 of Mapplethorpe's Polaroids taken between 1970 and 1975. In the early 1970's, Mapplethorpe lived in New York's Chelsea Hotel with the rock singer Patti Smith. It was there that filmmaker Sandy Daley lent Mapplethorpe her Polaroid camera and he began his first experiments.

"Instant photography was the perfect medium, or so it seemed, for the 70s and 80s, when everything was fast. If I were to make something that took two weeks to do, I'd lose my enthusiasm. It would become an act of labour and the love would be gone".

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