This is the first trailer for Camera Ready as we continue to film interviews and 20×24 shoots. The early history is the first part of the film as Edwin Land directs John McCann to build the first camera and JoAnn Verburg and Sam Yanes set up the first structure of the Visiting Artist Program.
Legendary artist Joyce Tenneson recounts her look back at the Polaroid 20×24 images she created from the late 80’s through the early 2000’s. Exploring her archive once again has revealed images not chosen at the time of creation but that now have special meaning to her after this passage of time. These images will be collected in a new book and in an exhibit at Dowling Walsh Gallery at 365 Main Street, Rockland, Maine in July of 2016. John Reuter, who worked with Joyce to produce the images on the 20×24 camera interviews her for this intimate look at the “Unseen Polaroids”.
Sam Yanes, long time Vice President of Corporate Communications at Polaroid recalls the early days of the company when research photo assignments soon turned into the beginnings of a collection. Ansel Adams and Paul Capognigro were early consultants for Polaroid’s professional films and this soon expanded to other photographers. It soon became apparent that some test images had a purpose beyond pure research and soon a collection was born.
John McCann, Director of Vision Research and close associate of Polaroid founder Edwin Land discusses the approach to producing film for the newly created 20×24 camera. The camera was to utilize Polacolor film which was produced for pack film and single sheet 4×5 packets. To produce a clean edge these films utilized a rail and “mask” which kept the reagent under control. Hear how they attempted to do this for the much larger 20×24 sheets and how Dr. Land made a suggestion………….