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!


Innovations in Photography: Lilian Wildeboer's Holga to Spectra Images

Lilian Wildeboer is a Dutch analog and instant photographer who lives near Amsterdam, Netherlands, where she works as a bus driver for handicapped individuals. Lilian gave up a thirty-year long career in banking in order to do work that was more soulful and touched people's lives on a daily basis. In terms of photography, she is self-taught, learning from books, attending workshops, and taking inspiration from other photographers whom she admires. 

Lilian's body of work shows her boundless creativity. Her Polaroid Spectra Holga transferred images are otherworldly. representing vivid dream sequences that are both familiar, and yet unlike anything else we have ever seen. The characteristic Holga vignette combined with the bold colors, pulls the viewer into the scene allowing them to notice the light, the mood and the composition, which reveals itself to us slowly. These images are to be savored and then revisited, they reveal their secrets slowly, and we are left with one question in mind: How in the world did she do that?   

Lilian has a long history with photography, having received her first SLR camera at the age of 15. She describes that moment as the beginning of seeing and capturing moments of beauty. Lillian has always been drawn to nature and the beauty she has found there, especially tiny flowers and insects. She used this passion to begin practicing macro photography. A few years later, Lilian set up a photo studio above an obstetrics practice where she took portraits of expecting mothers and their newborns, work that she describes as being both tough and beautiful experiences.

Lilian has also done digital wedding photography. She loved capturing moments and expierences but did not enjoy the post-processing afterward, which demanded too much time in front of the computer for her taste. During this time she felt as though something was missing and gave up photography entirely for a couple of years. Lilian then discovered sites online which were dedicated to instant photography and 120 medium format film. She was captivated by this way of making photos, and she soon bought a Holga, returning to the basics of traditional photography, a change that felt right for her. In 2012, Lilian began to shoot instant photography, and fell in love all over again. She purchased a couple of Polaroid cameras and discovered both expired Polaroid film and the just released Impossible Project film. After shooting these films she realized that there is a certain magic in shooting instant film that nothing else compares to.

Lilian enjoys to experimenting and discovering innovative ways to utilize her Polaroid camera, like combining two different close-up lenses or a close-up lens with a motion blur filter. She has studied and experimented with many different techniques for manipulating her photos and she loves that there are no boundaries with instant film. Anything is possible. If you can imagine it, it can probably be done! After attempting many different techniques, Lilian had a wild idea! She wondered if she could take photos with a Holga on 120 medium format film and then transfer them to Impossible Project Spectra film.

Lilian's experiment went like this: She first took photos with her Holga, using Fuji Velvia 50RVP, ISO 120 medium format film. She then cross-processed the negatives to produce wildly saturated colors. After developing, she scanned the negatives and loaded them onto her tablet. She then used her Polaroid Spectra camera and a Polaroid stand-up duplicator to photograph what appeared on her tablet screen. This process obviously involved many adjustments with framing, image size, and lighting conditions. After many packs of film and tons of trail and error, she succeeded in making the first Polaroid Spectra Holga transferred images. The resulting dream like images can be seen below.

Lilian’s work has been widely exhibited.  Her work has been featured by Polaroid of the Day, the Polavoid, and published in Hylas Magazine's the Loss Issue. Her photos have been exhibited at Tête de l’Art in Rennes, France, Subway exhibition, as a part of Expolaroid 2017 and she also participated in “Are we humans or…”, a group exhibition in Beverwijk, Netherlands in 2016.  She is a second year member of the renowned 12.12 Project.

You can connect with Lilian on Flickr and Instagram.    


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Anne Silver is an instant photography aficionado who lives in Paris, France and is a member of the 12:12 Project. Connect with Anne Silver on her Website and on Instagram!