PRYME News: A New Era of PRYME

PRYME Editions was founded in May of 2014 in the backyard of my parents house. It was the simple idea that instant film artists were underrepresented in the photographic community and needed a specific place to showcase their work. Over the last four years this goal has been achieved and I have showcased over 200+ artists in print and online formats. I am honored to say that in pursuing this goal I have sold close to 1000 copies of the various PRYME print products we have produced including PRYME Magazine, special edition books, and the 2017 Annual Journal.

As PRYME has grown as an independent publisher the instant film community itself has grown as an even better foundation for the artists we serve. Individuals such as Penny Felts from the 12:12 Project, Andrés Aguilar Caro from Polaroid of the Day, and the ExPolaroid team have given instant film artists amazing venues to showcase their work. My point being is that I have not done this alone at PRYME, it has been through the community as a whole that my publication has been able to succeed.

On that note, I am pleased to announce that Anne Silver will be taking over PRYME Editions in January of 2018. Over the last year she has been a tremendous asset to PRYME and without her, 2017 would not have happened in the way it did. She will carry the torch that I have lit within the instant film community and ensure that it remains on fire for the foreseeable future. Please join me in welcoming her as the new owner of PRYME Editions.

As for me, I am looking forward to being able to enjoy instant photography from an artist’s point of view without the use of the technology I have been utilizing to further PRYME’s goals. I will still be here to offer you inspiration, motivation, and advice when asked for it. For now, I want to inspire and motivate myself, and for once, take my own advice of disconnecting from the internet and social media to focus on my own personal growth.

Though I will be absent for sometime, or maybe forever, from the majority of social media, you can always find me in your heart screaming "Go For It!". I encourage you to start the series you have been putting off, to launch the book or 'zine you have been dreaming about, and, most importantly, focus on doing this for yourself. Don't get caught up in the numbers game of Instagram likes, website hits, and copies sold. Do all of this for you. The rest will follow as others see your dedication and passion.

As a part of my sabbatical from the digital world, I would love to continue to talk to each and everyone of my friends I have had the pleasure of meeting through this venture. Please email me at michaelbehlen@gmail.com if you would like my mailing address. It would be a great thrill to correspond to you via the old fashion way. If you hate letter writing please email me anyways, I would be glad to hear from you regardless. You can also keep up with my personal work at www.dontshakeitlikeapolaroid.com, as I don't plan to stop shooting instant film any time soon!

To all my fellow Polaoirders: Shoot Slow, Develop Fast, and Stay Instant.

Your Instant Film Obsessed Friend,

Michael Behlen

 

Lastly, I want to extend a warm thank you to the following individuals in no particular order:

Bastian Kalous: You believed in PRYME from the first time I emailed you in 2014. Your images were a major part of PRYME Magazine Issue 1 and without your contribution and kindness, PRYME would not be where we are today.

Michael Kirchoff: You are one of the kindest and most supportive individuals I have ever met. I have no words to express my gratitude to you for how much inspiration you have given me to keep PRYME moving over the years.

Amanda Mason: Thank you for everything you have done with me at PRYME. You are a wonderful person and your photography has inspired thousands of others to keep shooting and explore their imagination.

Bill Moore: You literally saved PRYME from my terrible grammar and punctuation the first years we were alive. I have enjoyed our conversations since the day you emailed me, "You need some help don't you?". You were right and you have always been an asset. Thank you for your friendship.

Nate Matos: After our break from PRYME Magazine and transition to PRYME Editions you jumped on the chance to sell a limited edition version of your Serif and Silver Compendium. Your enthusiasm and help during our exhibition in August of 2016 was tremendous and selfless. It was a pleasure meeting you in person.

Cromwell Schubarth: What can I say about Crom that everyone doesn't know? He is an instant film addict through and through and it is a highly contagious disease that he happily spreads through the interwebs. Your passion for the medium is unparalleled and it has rubbed off on me throughout the years. Cheers to you my friend.

Rudi Amedeus: Thank you for your support over the years and for your friendship. You are a scholar and a gentlemen.

Matt Smith: I just really like Matt Smith. He is a genuine man with genuine interest in his fellow Polaroiders that is almost humanitarian in nature. Thank you Matt for your friendship.

Alleha Navarro: Most of you don't know Alleha because she does not shoot instant photography. She has been the person I can message, email, call, and think with over the course of these last four years. She has heard 100's of terrible ideas and a couple of good ones. Thank you for your support, wisdom, and knowing when to tell me I am wrong. 

Amy Heaton: Thank you for all of your support, referrals, and help you have given me over the years through The Impossible Project and Polaroid Originals. I know you will continue to be an asset to Anne Silver as 2018 begins to take shape.

I would also like to thank the following people for allowing me to put your work into print and into the hands of instant film lovers across the world:

Susanne Klostermann, Marco Spaggiari, Lisa Toboz, Joann Edmonds, William Miller, Ina Echtemach, Laura Su Bischoff, Thomas Zamolo, Alexandra Smith, Paul Greevs, Flo Ouen, Chrystal Nause, Nicole Gelinas, Lucrezia Senserini, Paul Bauman, Eva Flaskas, Maureen Bond, Kerry Bellinger, Polaroid SF, Maija Karisma, Mikael Bidard, Toby Hancock, Jordan Kendall, Carmen De Vos, Peter McCabe, Emily Soto, Marisa Redburn, Marian Rainer-Harbach, Luigi Vigliotti, Daniel Klaas, Oliver Blohm, Philippe Bourgoin, Penny Felts, Troy Bradford, Mikael Kennedy, Anne Locquen, Melissa Bernazzani, Lukas Brinkmann, Patrick Winfield, Diane Fenster, Alice Adrenochrome, Maurizio Galimberti, Ben Innocent, Marco Spaggiari, Alex Bouchon, Tom Hofmann, Claude Peschel Dutombe, Douglas E. Pope, Nicholas Abriola, Chloe Aftel, Heather Polley, Caleb Jenkins, Francesco Romoli, Anna Marcell, Anna Malina, Oskar Smolokowski, Dan Rubin, Herr Merzi, Brian Henry, Daniel Stein, Walter Sans, Megan Thompson, Clay Lipsky, Matther O'Brien, Polly Chandler, Dan Isaac Wallin, and Francesco Sambati. 


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Michael Behlen is a photography enthusiast from Fresno, CA. He works in finance and spends his free time shooting instant film and seeing live music, usually a combination of the two. He was the founder of PRYME Editions. Connect with Michael Behlen on his Website and on Instagram!