flawed | an instant film exhibition

flawed | an instant film exhibition


A Smith Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of our new exhibition space, “The Salon”. We are fortunate to have recently moved into a larger building with room for two simultaneous exhibits. In “The Salon” we will be hanging juried and invitational exhibitions of alternative, analog images. We are very excited to have Michael Kirchoff as our juror for our first exhibition.


Michael Kirchoff straddles the worlds of both commercial and fine art photography. A commercial shooter for twenty-five years, it is his fine art work that has set him apart from others, with instant film fueling more than a few bodies of work, both completed and ongoing. His consulting, training, and overall support of his fellow photographers and artists continues with help in constructing ones vision, producing artist lectures, and finding exhibition opportunities, which fill the gaps in time away from active shooting.

“As a child, my father introduced me to Polaroid SX-70 film, which I immediately fell in love with as a way of making photographs. That love for the material and the magic has never ceased and remains with me to this day. Truly, instant film has been with me for decades, exploring its serendipitous ways, and remarking on its often quiet beauty as a medium for ones vision. The artists and photographers who know and feel what it can do share in this admiration. Both the expired and the new instant films carry the trait of embracing their defects and flaws, including them in their final output, while the artists revel in these hallmarks. It is these characteristics that add to the mystery and depth of the work constructed.

I want to see what you have created with the instant film that you love, including all the inherent flaws and happy accidents that so often occur. Show me the passion that you feel for a material that enables you to create a physical, tangible image that can be made no other way. From soft color palettes to striking black and white imagery, there are a multitude of ways to present your photographs in the instant world. With a lifetime of experience in the medium I know what can be done. I also know that I can still be surprised at the flexibility of this amazing instant gratification that predates our digital world, yet endures like no other.
This call for art is open as far as subject matter, with the only constraints being that it must be made with one of the many forms of instant film, be it original Polaroid, any one of the Fuji Instant or Impossible Project films, or even the latest New55 Film.”

-Michael Kirchoff


• Photographers of all levels are invited to submit work for “flawed | an instant film exhibition” to A Smith Gallery by November 30, 2015.
• The entry fee is $30 for the first 5 images and $6 for each additional image.
• Thirty images will be selected for exhibition and shown in the gallery’s “Salon” from January 15 to March 6, 2016.
• Receptions will be held on January 30 and February 27, 2016 both from 4 to 7pm.
• A Blurb full color catalogue of the exhibit with all the accepted entries will be available for purchase.
• Awards are $325 for Juror’s Selection and three Director’s Selections each receiving an exhibition catalogue.
• Winning images will be published in a special editorial section of the international publication Blur Magazine.


Creativity is encouraged.


For more information and to enter, please see

Call for Entry



A Smith Gallery

105 North Nugent Ave

Johnson City, Texas 78636



Gallery Hours

Friday and Saturday noon to 6 pm

Sunday noon to 3 pm


INSTANTION Wilfried Haillot

INSTANTION Wilfried Haillot

I am Wilfried Haillot and I’m 44 years old. Since birth, I have lived in Troyes, France. Photography isn’t my real job, but I practice it during my free time. For me, it’s an addiction that I discovered with some photos I took of my friends and family. What fascinates me is the atmosphere, nuances of light that get free of the photo.

I have been shooting with Polaroid for 10 years now. When I discovered it, I was instantly addicted. What fascinates me is the results these chemicals can create—unpredictable and surprising at times. Read more…

The Polaroid Museum Project

Most museums are founded by a few wealthy donors who believe in an idea and want to make all the decisions. When we set out to design The Polaroid Museum that traditional arrangement didn’t feel true to our brand. We’ve always put cameras in the hands of the people, allowing them to instantly capture and share memories, and so we wanted to crowdsource our founding body, establishing that authentic connection to the people and the social experience. We’ve come to Indiegogo to find our founders.





POLAROID Special Edition

Polaroid was invented as an attempt of simplification of the process reserved only for the masters of the dark room, and although it had a great ambition to become a serious competitor of the classical photo development, it never achieved it. Still, Polaroid gained big popularity and many users and fans. It announced something in which later digital photography succeeded, which are practicality and mass and simple usage. Due to its imperfections, Polaroid photography never seriously endangered analogue one, but it is because of them that it was always perceived as artistic. This is also the reason why Polaroid company, through its history, very often hired artists and professional photographers in its campaigns.

However, the circumstances have drastically changed with the introduction of digital photography, which caused a revolution by enabling photographical expression to all users regardless of their previous knowledge and education concerning photography. The photo industry experienced a real boom, while instant analogue photography, because of its inability to respond new market needs, disappeared. In June 2008, Polaroid company globally stopped the production of instant film by shutting down its factories in Mexico and the Netherlands. This moment was followed by numerous demonstrations and dis-approvals of nostalgic Polaroid users all over the world, which motivated Impossible B.V. to start up an ‘impossible’ mission of saving Polaroid photography. Today, 22 of March is a great day for artistic and photography scene, as it is the day when The Impossible Project, after facing many challenges and troubles, became possible and successfully launched their new instant films compatible to the old Polaroid cameras.

In order to celebrate this great moment, BLUR magazine created a real Polaroid treat – a special edition in which all details about the ‘freshly’ produced films will be revealed, where we will show test photographs shoot on the new films, but also present a new section INSTANTION through which we will be presenting work of many Polaroid photographers, and which will, we believe, become a ‘must see’ for all instant film lovers.

Within this special issue, we have also presented some more intimate photographs since Polaroid was know, to many, as an ideal method of shooting small personal home photos. This safe system, through which it was hard to make uncontrollable and unwanted copies, enabled more relaxed photo shooting. To the ladies, it offered a guarantee of privacy in order to get rid of their extra clothes, and its imperfections enabled safe hiding of their identity. Although, probably, not so many of these photos will be sent to our redaction, we still keep our fingers crossed. In the meanwhile, with the aim to encourage those who possess this kind of photos, we have published two Italian masters of Polaroid erotic.

At the end, in order to conclude this great Polaroid story, in December 2009 BLUR started up a big international photo competition entitled The Best Polaroid Photo. Of course, the intention of the competition was never to gather all ever best made Polaroids, since due to the logistical reasons it would be quite impossible. Instead, it offered a quite subjective approach and experience of these works. There were no strict criteria and guidelines upon which exactly these 30 photos were selected by the jury, as we were ruling based on our personal preferences, the same we asked you to do. Beside the jury, the final decision was up to you so that you could also, in this way, participate in this historical moment.

We would like to thank all participants of the competition and voter for their supports, as well as congratulate all finalists and winners.

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Polaroid photo voting

The Best Polaroid Photo – it is time for you to choose!

Last month an international competition of a Polaroid photos finished. It was organized by BLUR magazine in cooperation with The Impossible Project, to mark a great come back of instant film. Contest theme was open; we asked you to send us your favorite photo, the one you believed could win the title The Best Polaroid Photo.

The response was excellent – we received over 500 entries that came from all over the world! Official panel, composed of members of BLUR magazine and The Impossible Project, selected the best 30 photographs which will be exhibited in Zagreb and presented in a special BLUR magazine edition dedicated to Polaroid.

Additionally, we decided to award top 5 photographers with:

  1. prize: Polaroid camera SX-70 Sonar OneStep + 2 packs of newly produced Instant film
  2. prize: Polaroid 600 Once Classic camera  + 2 packs of newly produced Instant film
  3. prize: 3 packs of newly produced Instant film
  4. and 5. prize: 2 x The Impossible Project T-Shirt (M or F)

Now it is up to you to choose The Best Polaroid Photo and to decide which authors will be awarded with these attractive prizes. All you need to do is to go to THE BEST POLAROID PHOTO take a look on all photos and place your votes.

End of March, within special edition of BLUR magazine dedicated to Polaroid, we will announce the happy winners and awarded photographs.

We would like to congratulate all selected photographers and thank everybody for participating!



01.12.2009. – Official start of the contest
10.02.2010. – Photo submission deadline
20.02.2010. – Panel decision
01.03.2010. – Publication of the best 30 photographs on Blur web page. Start of the voting process of the readers 20.03.2010. – Closing of voting process of the readers
22.03.2010. – Publication of the best 5 photographs and awarded authors

POLAROID photo contest

The-Best-polaroid-photoBlur is proud to be the exclusive media sponsor of The Impossible Project, which is re-inventing analogue integral film for vintage Polaroid cameras in the former Polaroid factory in Enschede (the Netherlands).

The company of Polaroid stopped producing the instant film in June 2008, and the expiry date of the last films produced is 9 Oct 2009. After this, it will no longer be possible to purchase instant film – and Polaroid photography would thus be dead and gone forever.

But there is hope – The Impossible Project will launch new instant film materials in 2010. In the beginning of 2010, they will present a b&w analogue integral film for all SX70 and 600 camera models, and colour film will follow in summer, and by the end of 2010 they will bring Image film for Spectra cameras back.

To support this special photographic and artistic moment, Blur magazine, in collaboration with the Impossible Project, is organizing a big international contest of analogue instant photography under the name THE BEST POLAROID PHOTO.

The panel, consisting of leading team members of the Impossible Project and Blur magazine, will select 30 best photographs. These will be presented on the website of Blur, where readers can vote for the BEST POLAROID PHOTO. The five selected photographers will be awarded with attractive prizes, courtesy of the Impossible Project, and the best 30 photographs will be displayed in an exhibition in Zagreb.

More about the contest: http://old.blur-magazine.com/contest/

Polaroid to re-launch Instant Cameras

The Impossible Project inspires Polaroid to re-launch Instant Cameras
Over the past 12 months, The Impossible Project has generated an incredible number of press reports, events and discussions about the fascination of Instant Photography, and particularly about its quest to keep this unique and captivating kind of photography alive – by re-inventing a new analog integral film for vintage Polaroid cameras.

Accomplishing this mission and running the former Polaroid plant in Enschede (NL), The Impossible Project is pleased to herewith announce a history-making cooperation between The Impossible Project and Polaroid: The new licensee of the Polaroid® Brand – The Summit Global Group – will relaunch some of the most famous Polaroid Instant Cameras and is therefore commissioning The Impossible Project to develop and produce a limited edition of Polaroid® branded Instant Films in the middle of 2010.

Summit Global held a press conference on 13th October 2009 in Hongkong, outlining their plans to re-produce some iconic Polaroid Instant Cameras and to bring them to the market in 2010 in a strategic relationship with The Impossible Project.

The Impossible Project is proud and excited that its ambitions and all the relentless work that has already been invested are now becoming the foundation for Polaroid’s comeback as a producer of Instant Cameras.

Large-scale production and worldwide sale of The Impossible Project’s new integral film materials under its own brand will already start in the beginning of 2010 – with a brand new and astonishing black and white Instant Film and the first colour films to follow in the course of the year.


vox-populiThe world of photography is full of subjective and endless discussions: black and white or full color photography, filters or without, digitally processed or a set of harmonized settings, analogue or digital film… One could go on forever. And, of course, there is personal experience behind every answer, as well as personal experience, emotional attachment, but also rational argumentation.

We would like to know about your thoughts and opinions. We plan to present a new theme, a new question in every issue, and you can send us your statements and explanations that support these or otherwise via e-mail or by using contact form. We will publish most interesting answers in our next issue.

This time we were inspired by a brave ‘Impossible project’, founded by a group of enthusiasts that will reproduce analogue instant film.

When asked what the reason behind the challenge is and why they believe the project will not only be possible, but also very successful, they said:

We believe in Polaroid as a strong and unique counterpart to digitalized world that we’re living in. The Digital Revolution completely changed the perspectives, possibilities but also the character of photography. After some years of playing and experimenting with their new digital cameras, people began to miss some aspects of analogue instant photography which they had not been aware of before – or even complained about.
They started longing for real pictures which they could touch, feel and smell. Looking at all the “perfect” and clean digital pictures, they remembered more and more the good days when every single picture was an experiment, an unpredictable adventure, slowly developing in the palms of their hands. They even had to accept the fact that they started missing the high purchase price of analogue Instant film as they found out that it really helps taking good pictures when carefully pushing the trigger, aware of every “click” costing real money. Polaroid film stands for unpredictable visual adventures combined with a splendid retro-style feeling.

Our questions:
Do you think instant photography is by certain properties more valuable than digital photography? What are the advantages of Polaroid cameras when compared to digital ones? There are great numbers of loyal users of Polaroid technique worldwide. Do you believe the retro aspect of instant film can create a new fashion ‘boom’ in photography world and increase Polaroid art scene further? Would you, besides your digital camera, also appreciate having a Polaroid one?

Send away!

Impossible Project

The Impossible ProjectPolaroid re-positioned itself from an analog Instant Film Production Company to a global Consumer Electronics and Digital Imaging company, with new high quality mass products. Shutting down factories in Mexico and Netherlands in June 2008, production of integral Polaroid film was globally stopped.

In October 2008, the company of Impossible B.V. founded the ‘Impossible project’ and acquired the complete production plant in Enschede (Netherlands). They engaged the most experienced team of Integral Film experts worldwide, aiming to re-invent and re-produce analog instant film. Since some important components of Polaroid film do not exist anymore, this ‘impossible’ project is focusing on the development of completely new film that could also be used on vintage Polaroid cameras. The first prototype is expected as soon as October 2009, and production is planned to start beginning of 2010.

Blur magazine is proud to be an exclusive media sponsor of the ‘Impossible Project’. The magazine supporting and ‘celebrating’ artistic photography, it is always a pleasure for us to encourage such courageous and historically important undertakings which will, we are convinced, not only succeed but lead to a true cultural revolution in the world of photography. In this issue you can read an exclusive interview with Florian Kaps, executive director of the project, and find out all the facts related to the ‘Impossible Project’ as well as how to contribute to its success. More on this on page XY. In addition, our next issues will continue covering this topic – we will inform you about the development of the project itself, survey the history of Polaroid film, current projects done using this specific technique and introduce the work of one Croatian Polaroid photographer.

For further information related to the ‘Impossible Project,’ please visit the official web page: