PRYME Editions is a new venture by the same independent publisher who brought you PRYME Magazine. Our mission is to give a global audience to photographers who use instant film exclusively for their photographic work by giving them a place to sell their products. We have moved away from publishing a quarterly curated magazine, and are now dedicated to releasing special and limited edition books, 'zines, and projects to your doorstep. We will be bring Polaroid artists' bodies of work to life by giving them a unique venue to showcase and market their talents.
PRYME Editions will launch online July 31st, 2016, offering the following three independently published photo books and ‘zines for preorder. All three books will be ship August 15th, 2016.
Amanda Mason’s mystical Aphelia, which explores the space between the heart and the mind, using integral film to create a dreamlike fantasy (limited to 50 signed and numbered copies); Nate Matos's Serif and Silver Compendium, which combines all four of his self published ‘zines into one limited edition book (limited to 10 signed and numbered copies with accompanying prints); and Rudi Amedeus Blondia’s Burning Man, 2015, which presents a series of large format Polaroid portraits shot in a makeshift photo-booth studio located on the Black Rock City Playa during last summer’s Burning Man (limited to 10 signed and numbered copies with accompanying print).
To celebrate the launch and rebirth of PRYME we will be throwing a launch party and exhibition at Book and Job Gallery, 838 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94109 on Saturday, August 13th, 2016, from 6:00-10:00pm. We will be showing framed and signed enlarged prints from each artist’s publication, available for purchase alongside each artist’s limited edition book at this one night special event. Beverages will be provided for all guests during the celebration of this exciting new venture.
A Note from the Publisher:
When I announced the closure of PRYME Magazine on November 15th, 2015, I didn't think that the PRYME name would continue. After 18 months of working with tons of talented, interesting, and creative instant film photographers, it was heartbreaking to close our doors. In the time that PRYME Magazine existed we had more than 100,000 visitors to our website who read and viewed our articles, interviews, and picture galleries. We showcased close to 100 different instant film photographers in a very short amount of time and just thinking about the amount of long nights that went into it all still makes me proud to say we accomplished getting instant film artists' work out into the world. That means something to me, and from speaking to the community, it meant something to you too. It showed me that there is a special place for PRYME in the big bad world of photography.
In December 2015, right after closing our doors I had the honor of joining Patrick J. Clarke, Jessica Reinhardt, and Kat White on The Instant Photo Show. We discussed the birth of my humble magazine and the unfortunate death of it. Though there were many reasons for our demise, what I took away from our discussion was that there was no one else putting out publications on behalf of instant film artists. Yes, there are websites that support us like Snap It See It, HYLAS Magazine, and the Impossible Project Magazine, which are great at what they do. However, if I have learned anything from instant film artists, it's that we want to hold our photographs in our hands, it's why we shoot the medium that we do. In the same fashion, I want film fans to hold artists' works in their hands, not just view them on the computer screen. This is still the central idea of what I want to create, and something I don't want to give up on, I just didn't know how to make it happen.
Over the last 6 months I have had an intense amount of encouragement from the instant film community to give PRYME a second chance. The common thread of this encouragement wasn't to start the magazine up again, but to do ANYTHING that involved instant film and publishing. To put it simply, I agreed. I realized I didn't have to run a solitary 'zine, I could assist others in creating and selling limited and special edition books and 'zines by giving them the resources to do so. This would create a greater impact on the instant film world and would allow a wider variety of artists to get their books and 'zines into the market. So what started as a quarterly publication called PRYME Magazine has now become the publishing company PRYME Editions. I am thrilled to officially launch on July 31st, 2016, and I hope you will follow me on this instant film book publishing adventure.
-Michael Behlen - 07/30/16