Announcement: Artist Selection for the PRYME Editions 2017 Annual Journal!

Cover by  Matt Smith

Cover by Matt Smith

We are excited to announce that The PRYME Editions 2017 Annual Journal was successfully funded on Kickstarter on July 24th, 2017! The Kickstarter Campaign reached 125% of our funding goal with a total of 144 backers contributing $8,181 USD to purchase 164 copies of this first-of-its-kind publication. As a result of our readers' support, we will be able to bring our 2017 Instant Photography Annual Journal to life! This means that every single of our backers will get to hold 175+ pages of instant photography magic in their hands at the end of this year. 

If you missed the chance to back our Kickstarter Campaign, or you want to order an additional copy, you can still pre-order your copy of the The PRYME Editions 2017 Annual Journal right here on our shop! Don't wait, because pre-orders will end 10/15/17 and this publication will only be printed once!

The PRYME Editions 2017 Annual Journal's artist lineup has been finalized and the selected artists are guaranteed to tantalize and satisfy viewers' visual-aesthetic senses! We are proud to present seventeen instant film photographers from around the globe - from Europe and Great Britain to the USA and Germany- each exploring various methods for using the medium we love in individual, creative ways.

Featured are four in depth interviews: Brian Henry will take us on a tour of his dangerous urban exploration adventures of desolate abandoned buildings and hospitals in the East Coast of the U.S., as well as Europe and the Balkans. Matthew O'Brien's series, No Dar Papaya, will change your perception of Columbia from a country often portrayed as violent and lawless to a fascinating, beautiful country, with tremendous geographic and cultural diversity. Polly Chandler explores her experiences, emotions, and quest for purpose via through her series, You Build It Up, You Break It Down, a series of images inspired by the lyrics of singer-song writer Tom Waits. Lastly, we will talk with Carmen De Vos, a purveyor of exquisite photographic peculiarities, and founder and editor-in-chief of the late TicKL-Magazine, about her decades long career as a photographer, columnist, and art lover. 

Also included in this publication is the work of 13 other outstanding instant film photographers:
Matt Smith shows us the vibrant surf culture of the UK with his expired pack film photography; Daniel Stein explores the stars as the world's first instant film astro-photgrapher; Walter Sans takes us into his commercial studio where he still shoots expired film for huge corporate clients; Herr Merzi captures and evokes emotion with his moody intimate fine art nude photography; Bastian Kalous explores the world above us in the mountains and forests of Europe, capturing the very essence of freedom and adventure with his large format expired film scenes; Toby Hancock takes us back in time and manipulates the world around us with his Polaroid SX-70 manipulated images that make us question reality; Ina Echternach composes Impossible Project Film composites that bring us into a literal window into her abstract vision of natural beauty;  Michael Kirchoff examines our primal instinct for solitude and the need to experience profound natural wonders with his series Sanctuary, a series of images representative of home, and finding beauty in the often darker and fractured recesses of the mind; Thomas Zamolo analyzes the important role our childhood plays in who we will transform into once we reach adulthood with his 8x10 black and white series Becoming; Megan Thompson traverses the world of the Los Angeles music scene, giving us a glimpse into the world of famous musicians through her series Pictures of My FriendsClay Lipsky's dreamy double exposure series Illuminated which features textured landscapes intertwined with the female form that elate and elevate the timeless artistic allure and complexities of both; Dan Isaac Wallin invites us on a journey of the Icelandic country side displaying fairy-tale like visions of waterfalls, mountains, and coastline; 
Francesco Sambati captures the pleasant melancholy of his home time, the sea-surrounded Lecce, Italy, which is normally associated with  joy; but is often left abandoned, resulting in barren streets, empty beaches and deserted nature herself. 

In sum, The PRYME Editions 2017 Annual Journal offers seventeen international instant film artists, with more than 200 instant film images over 175+ pages. This publication will embark readers on a photographic journey around the world and show them a vast landscape of mountains and oceans across multiple countries, the desolation of abandon cities and towns, the intimate spaces of private photographic studios, the adventures of the Southern California music scene, and the wild and other worldly interpretations of the instant photographs we have come to know and love.


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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 is the founder of PRYME Editions. Connect with Michael Behlen on his Website and on Instagram!


Q&A: Expired Eight /w Dan Isaac Wallin

This is the 16th edition of our Q&A blog series titled "The Expired Eight". Our aim is to highlight instant film photographers using expired film in a variety of formats. Today's Q&A is with Dan Isaac Wallin! In the creative aspect of his work, Dan Isaac Wallin has a love of Polaroid. He prefers to work with a simple SX-70 or 4x5" large format camera, using long expired Polaroid film. Wallin gently and carefully treats and mistreats the Polaroid film while it is developing, until he gets the soft ‘other-world’ look, that is the signature style of his work. Wallin has been a photographer for 16 years and was educated at Biskops-Arnö in Sweden. He recently exhibited at the Eduart Planting Fine Art Photography in the Netherlands and Dalsland Museum of Art. Connect with Dan Isaac Wallin on his website and Instagram!

"For Grandpa II"

Tell us about when instant film came into your life and what inspired to you to keep using it:
The first time I discovered Polaroid was at university while I was studying photography in 2000. At the time I didn't see the magic about it. We used it like everyone did at that time, to check the light before the real shooting. A few years later in 2003 I bought an SX-70 in a second hand shop and that was when the magic started. I loved that camera from the beginning. Then I got a Polaroid 180, 600SE, and then went into large format cameras.

When did you discover the joys of expired film? What keeps you coming back?
I love the expired film material because there is so much you can do with it to get a different result. Depending on exposure times and cold/warm developments I can achieve different colors and so on. There´s no stop in the process and I gently treat and mistreat the Polaroid film while it´s developing until I get the soft ”other world” look that I´m looking for. And the colors are just outstanding on the old Polaroid film. It feels more like a painting than a photograph sometimes. And then of course also the coincidence and accidents of the polaroid is fantastic.

How would you describe your work?
Nature has always been very close to my heart. I’m trying to freeze a world that I feel like I belong in myself. A dreamy melancholic feeling, where my mind often winds up. I return a lot to my roots, and many of my pictures are from journeys I took as a child. From the blue west coast of Sweden to the black and white desert landscape of Israel.

Everything is so changeable in the landscape. If you stay in the same place for a long time and really focus, you can see it. I love that feeling. And no day is the other alike. For me it´s almost like meditation to be out in nature, and to photograph it and translate it into my way of seeing it.

How did you decide what subjects to photograph? What sorts of things capture your attention?
I do mostly landscape and portrait photography. Places where I feel good always capture my attention and I often travel there. My pictures are a reflection on the human need for silence and reflection. Quick impressions and the daily stress of everyday life are far away. Left are our original values, roots and tranquility. What is more elementary then the sea, the mountains, and the earth?

People are also very interesting. Everyone has a story to tell and I love that. I do portraits of people that stand close to me and people I meet on my life journey. Sometimes I also do commercial work in my polaroid/art style when companies hire me for work.

What types of Instant Cameras do you own?  Which one is your favorite and why?
I have gone through a lot of different polaroid cameras during the years and still have a few. It is really hard to choose a favorite one, I love them all. Every camera has its charm and works differently. Mostly I work with my NPC195, SX-70, and large format cameras: a 4x5 and a 8x10. I think my Szabad 4x5 is my most beloved one. I like the working with large format cameras. It goes slow, takes time to set up and I normally just shoot a few images.

What are the main difficulties and hurdles obtaining and using expired film in this format?
I don’t see any difficulties when I work with expired film. What can happen is that the film is too old and it doesn’t work at all. You have to find a way to treat every pack of film. It’s like a person, every pack is different and react differently depending on how you treat it.

Any tips for those interested in experimenting?
I think it’s good to try out different Polaroid films and cameras until you find what’s best for you. And most important follow your instinct and never give up.

Do you have any instant photographers that inspire you?
I really love the work of Sarah Moon. She’s been going strong for so many years and mostly been shooting Polaroids. She got that dreamy and melancholic expression that touch me deeply.