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Forget Instagram for a Day and Visit a New Exhibition on Polaroids

Where: 1451 S. Olive Avenue [map], West Palm Beach, Florida, United States, 33401
January 9, 2014 at 12:04 PM | by | ()

Lots of things have changed technologically since this contributor was a kid in the late 80s and early 90s, but perhaps none as drastically and efficiently as photography. And even though most of us would be unwilling give up our digital cameras and go back to the days of developing film, there's most certainly a sense of nostalgia when it comes to the physical photos that have become all but extinct in today's world of iPhones and Instagram.

It is absolutely incredible to think that just twenty or thirty years ago we pushed a button and the photo came out the front. That's right, the Polaroid! A few years ago, we wondered whether they would ever make a comeback. Well, call it what you will, but a bunch of them just showed up in West Palm Beach as part of an exhibit called The Polaroid Years: Instant Photography and Experimentation at the Norton Museum of Art.

The exhibition is a collection of Polaroid pictures that takes visitors all the way back to the beginning era of instant photography when the SX-70 camera was released in 1972. It's is not only a flashback to a time when photos were "printed on demand," but also a glimpse at the artistic experimentation of over forty artists that continues even today (yes, people still shoot with those things!).

If you're not going to be anywhere close to Florida in the next two months, you can see more photos of the photos here! For those in the vicinity, The Polaroid Years will be on display until March 23rd.

[Photos: Norton Museum of Art]

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