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Genre: Art / Architecture / Photography / Edition: 1st Edition. / Hardcover / 140 Pages / Book is published 1979-11 by Lustrum P.,U.S.

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      31.10.2009 15:42
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      A book for the true photography enthusiast

      First thing to say is that the image at the top of the review page is not the image associated with this book (I suggested the book to Dooyoo and this was not the image, I submitted)

      The book under review here is properly titled:

      SX-70 Art edited by Ralph Gibson

      This is one for the photography enthusiast and those who really like to experiment. This is also a highly collectable book, as are most Polaroid artefacts, especially film, as Polaroid no longer manufacture film.

      The book itself though is what we are reviewing here. There is an excellent piece on photography by Isaac Asimov, before we come to the Introduction by Max Kozloff.

      The Technologies of SX-70 by Victor K McElheny is a chapter which speaks for itself - it goes through the technology and a bit of history. If you have ever been fascinated by the magic of the instant image, this chapter might spoilt it for you. Then again if you are one who likes the magic to be revealed and still marvel at it, it is an excellent insight.

      The chapter that really gets the enthusiast, enthusing is the chapter entitled Creative Exploration. This chapter describes the manipulation techniques that photographic artists like to explore and play with.

      It is a long book, mainly with beautiful and fantastic examples of polaroid photography, although relatively speaking, the text is not as long as one might expect for a book in excess of 130 pages, this is authoritative and not throwaway.

      We think of current day digital photography is instant - it isn't, and relies on electricity for PCs and printers. This is truly instant photography and with the sad demise of polaroid film, any stock left is fetching high prices.

      This is an excellent book to get hand in hand with an old polaroid camera and, if you can source any, some rare polaroid film.

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