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!


This is the 21st 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 Guillaume Nalin!

Guillaume Nalin is a professional decorative painter with a 15+ of urban graffiti experience who lives and works in Paris, France. Over the years his employment and non-photography related creative work has taken him to many international locations, like the USA and Russia, and has taken up much of his time. When he has free moments while traveling for work or at home, he shoots Polaroid images with his Polaroid SX-70 and Polaroid Land Camera 180. Nalin's work is greatly influenced by his urban art background. His Polaroid images show an urban landscape that is full of life by composing pictures made up of hard lines and contrasting colors and shapes. Though many of his images show a human form, they are not the center of his images. They help to show the desolate nature of the forgotten streets, subways, and industrial areas that used to have so much life. 

Nalin's photographs have recently been highlighted by several on-line platforms, including Polanoid, Polaroid Passion, and The Polavoid. He has also exhibited his work as apart of Expolaroid 2013 in Montelimar, France. He has several future projects lined up and is looking forward releasing a book of his work later this year. 

Connect with Guillaume Nalin on his Instagram!

Tell us about when instant film came into your life and what inspired you to keep using it:
Between 2004 and 2005 I found a few Polaroid cameras like the Polaroid 1000 and 3000 model cameras, but without any film. I thought that it wasn't possible to find it anymore. In 2007, in an antiques market, I found two original Time Zero film packs but the guy who sold me it told me said that it was his last one and that Polaroid had stopped to producing it. At that moment I didn't know that other types of film could be used for these kind of cameras. At that point I had only shot two packs of film, and the results weren't so great.

Two years later I finally tried to find some ways to use these cameras, and started to do some research on internet. At the same time I discovered two websites: Polanoid and Polaroid Passion. I was very surprised and excited to discover so many different works of many photographers who used only Polaroid films, At the same time I discovered 600 type film and that it was possible to use it with my cameras. The very next week I begun to create my own stock of instant film consisting of expired Type 600 Film, Time Zero, TZ Artistic, and Fade to Black.  I haven't stopped buying film since. My biggest discovery was when I saw some pictures made with the SX-70, and I thought to myself “I want one!”  At this time in my life, I used to do a lot of urban explorations and for me, the effect and the frame of Polaroid film was a good way to capture these magics moments.

What attracted you to Expired Film. What's your favorite to use?
Expired Polaroid film has an effect which looks like a kind of “patina” effect, which allows me a way to recreate the atmosphere that I want to translate in my pictures. The particularities of expired film like weird colors, scratches, and light effects inspire me to create and compose pictures that highlight these effects. For me it's also a way to bring some poetry to the subject that I shoot.This is why I also like to shoot famous places or monuments. Even if every body had the same pictures made with digital cameras, my images made with expired Polaroid film make them unique. 

How do you describe your work and how do you decide what subjects to photograph? What sorts of things capture your attention?
I work with few different themes, but the main idea of them is probably the city, the urban atmosphere, the urban landscape. I've spent a lot of time to walking in the city, I have 15 years of graffiti background experience, and that's probably why I find so much inspiration in this subject. The street, trains, subway, and the  forgotten industrial area are all things I try to capture. I compose images like the way I paint. I try to find a balance of light that highlights lines and perspective. That's a big reason why I love to use  expired Time Zero and Type 669 film. With these films the effects of painting by using the strong contrast of colors and light. Often times I have people in my images in a fixed way. I use them so you can feel the void of the city become alive.

I also enjoy using the reflections in water like after a rain and you can find a big hole of water in the street. I spend a lot of time in the city focused on water until I can find the best moment and spot to shoot. Nature is an important subject to me too. I try to find some particular place, like an abandoned bunker on the beach or an abandoned house in the country side. I enjoy the contrast between what humans have created and natures colors and strong shapes.

What are the main difficulties and hurdles obtaining and using expired film in this format?
The main difficulty is actually finding film. Fortunately I have many packs of Time Zero, Type 669 and Type 600 still in my fridge. The hardest part is finding some at a good price that is also still good to use. It's not impossible, but very hard because the results depend on the expiration date and the way the films have been stored. 

What types of Instant Cameras do you own?  Which One is your favorite and why?
I have a lot of Polaroid cameras: a Type 600 camera, a Type 1000 camera, a few SX-70s, one Polaroid Image Camera and one Polaroid Land Camera 180. Most of the time I'm using the SX-70 and the Land Camera 180, as those formats are my favorite. To be honest, I always have both of them in my bag when I'm going to shoot. I pick the camera from my bag based on the moments I find myself in.

Any tips for those interested in experimenting?
 I advise you not to buy film expired before 2003 for Time Zero and 2001 for Type 669. To have some good results really depending on the film though. The expired Type 600 film really doesn't like strong natural light. The opposite is true with Time Zero and Type 669 which give some great colors with summer light. I think it is better to overexpose with expired films.

When you are not shooting expired Polaroid film, what film are you shooting any why?
When I'm not shooting with expired Polaroid film, which is rare, I'm using Impossible Project film. I use both color and black and white versions of their film. With this type of film I try to work on manipulations like double exposures and other techniques. I sometimes shoot with Fuji FP-100c and Fuji FP-3000b, but at the moment I prefer to wait until they have become expired. Film is like good wine, I don't appreciate it when it is to fresh. 

Do you have any instant photographers that inspire you?
My biggest influence in photography it's people who use Polaroid, and people who I follow since many years, like Bastian Kalous for his amazing landscapes, Thomas Zamolo for his perfect Polaroid compositions, Carmen De Vos for her scenes and great compositions, Brandon C Long for his amazing work with Time Zero, Philippe Bourgouin for his nude pictures… Too many people !


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!