Instant Gratification: A Celebration of Polaroid
Union Gallery at University of North Texas
Instant Gratification: A Celebration of Polaroid exhibits forty photographs by Nancy L. Stockdale, photographer and Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern History at the University of North Texas (UNT). Instant Gratification opens a the Union Gallery located on the third level of the University Union building on the UNT campus, Denton, Texas. The exhibit opens Monday, June 30, and runs through July 23, 2009. Artist reception is Monday, June 29, from 3 to 5 p.m.
Images by Stockdale are taken with Polaroid SX-70, Polaroid Spectra, Holgaroid 104, Polaroid Reporter and Daylab Pinhole cameras.
In a world now saturated with the media of digital photography, many consider the Polaroid concept to be antiquated. However, the realization of instant gratification in photography via the Polaroid camera was one of the great artistic inventions of the 20th century. Created by the pioneering American scientist Edwin Land, Polaroid’s technology allowed millions of people around the world to experience the joys of instantly-developing photography for decades. In 2008, the Polaroid Corporation announced that it was discontinuing all of its instant films, a significant blow to thousands of Polaroid artists around the world as well as consumers who still enjoy the magic of actual photographs that develop in their hands. In celebration of the amazing media of Polaroid, Nancy Stockdale’s exhibit reveals the peerless way that Polaroid films capture at once beauty, elegance, and the vernacular with a single click of the camera’s shutter.
Companion Book and Etsy
Stockdale has compiled the exhibit into Instant Gratification: Polaroids by Nancy L. Stockdale. This is a fifty page book containing all images from the show. Stockdale also sells her photographs on Etsy, the place to buy and see all things handmade, under the name Futurowoman. Her Etsy store is at http://futurowoman.etsy.com.