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.


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!

Photographer: Richard Lambert's Series "Young Landscape"

Take it for what it is—because there’s beauty in the imperfections. At least that’s what Richard Lambert does. He lets the natural curiosities of instant film pervade his work, revealing idiosyncratic and impressionistic images. Nevertheless, his shots are well balanced and meticulously framed in a classical style of composition. So, why does he try for the perfect shot on such an unpredictable medium? He accepts the flaws as a part of the art—just as beautiful as the shot itself.

In Lambert’s series “Young Landscape,” the same discord between perfection and abstraction speaks to the fallibility of one’s memory. Half of the series was shot on a trip to Iceland in August of 2014, during which he proposed to his wife, while the second half was shot a year later during their honeymoon in California. Both were captured with the same SX-70 and Impossible Project film packs, yet there are some notable differences between the two shoots—namely the delicate pastel pallet of the Icelandic pictures versus the warm pink tint of those taken in California. Lambert has a few possible explanations for what might have precipitated the change: it may have been the warm Californian weather, too many trips through airport security x-rays, or the injurious collision of camera and iceberg. In any event, with its soft tones, precise framing, and subtle obscurities, the series is powerfully nostalgic.

Equally as powerful is Lambert’s nostalgic description of the Icelandic portion of the series:

“We travelled in a tiny car from Reykjavik anti around the island, camping along the way. Geologically speaking, Iceland is the newest country on the planet and making your way through its valleys and volcanoes is almost a ‘how-to guide’ to terraforming. 

“We walked through this rift that created Iceland, created by the European and American tectonic plates separating. Camping next to Geysir, we met an Arctic fox and felt the rumble of magma as we slept. After traveling miles of gravel road through a lunar landscape we came to the overwhelming, deafening power of the Dettifoss waterfall".

“With 24 hours of day, every minute brings a change in light, shifting color and form, creating entirely new scenery. Your eyes almost get screen burn from its vast, unending epic beauty. Iceland was a humbling trip of a lifetime".

As Lambert demonstrates in this series, though photography in general might not be the most reliable narrative medium, instant photography poignantly mimics the veiling of memories through perspective and experiences. The experience is clearly important to Lambert, since he engages in all forms of analogue image capturing—from the calm intensity of the 11-second exposure of wet plate collodion, to the cleverly industrious creation of pinholes from beer cans discarded in his hedge by drunks. He superimposes, distorts, manipulates, collaborates, and patiently waits for visual art.

And you can see much more of it on his website: