Andrés Aguilar Caro begins his career in photography at the same time he begins to study journalism. Disillusioned with XXI Century journalism, he starts to focus on documentary photography, and, specializing in photojournalism, he start working as a freelance photographer and editor for international media. In 2010 he gets his hands on the first instant format camera and starts working with it parallel to his digital equipment, recording some of his more intimate works in this new format. In 2013 he leaves aside his career as a freelancer to create his personal project: Polaroid of the day, until today. Polaroid of the day is a platform for cultural and artistic support for amateur and professional photographers of the instant format, and in which everything is about art, capturing it in very personal images and where photography is the goal of the whole project. www.polaroidoftheday.com
Andrés was the helping hand behind Romanian Polaroid Photographers’ debut show last year in Barcelona.
Interview by Ioana Cristina Casapu
Rachel Frank employs the perfect combination between instant photography and surrealism: double exposure. In order to convey the magic of nature and small scale anthropology, she combines snippets of reality that help the viewer escape to realms initially hidden from the naked eye. Her delicate shots of landscapes communicate the almost overwhelming smallness of our existences, yet the persistence of the human element reminds us that our surroundings have meaning merely because we exist to invest them with it. The following interview offers wonderful insight regarding the artist. Her answers are charged with a special kind of familiarity, but also an almost almond scented nostalgia that probably comes naturally when working in a field where you stop time to preserve certain moments.
Interview by Diana Dupu
For 15 years, Cosmin Bumbuț worked as a fashion and advertising photographer for Elle, Marie Claire, Harpers Bazaar, Esquire and brands such as Coca-Cola, Marriott Hotels, Mercedes-Benz. At the age of 40, he decided to work only on the subjects he enjoyed most – photo essays about real people, who have impressive stories and an important message to spread. In December 2013, he moved into a camper together with journalist Elena Stancu and started travelling around Romania in order to work on long-form journalism projects. They tell extensive stories about today Romania through images and words on teleleu.eu,.
Also known for his Last 100 Polaroids project, amongst many other photographic work and documentation, Bumbuț will exhibit a small part of his instant film collection, shot on original Polaroid film, at EMOTION IN MOTION.
Interview by Cătălina Miciu
Andrei Nico is a brilliant advertising copywriter and graphic designer currently based in Bucharest, Romania. He’s a firm believer in the power of literature to enrich the mind and delight the imagination, inspire hope and build character. Photography and Andrei have recently joined hands to shine a light on a new medium of expression. Hopefully, it will all work out for the best.
Interview by Laura Beatrice Herman
Horia is a long time analogue amateur photographer. One day he found a box type analogue Polaroid at a flea market. The camera was kept on display for some years, while he enhanced his hobby with a theoretic master in photography at UNarte. In 2011 he got the first pack of Impossible Silver Shade film and steadily instant film became the choice for keeping his personal photo journal. In 2012, his work was featured in a group exhibition organized by Impossible Project in NYC.
Interview by Cristina Hiraeth
The Polaroids Ina Ionescu shoots are mysterious and engage the viewers to dig further in themselves and find the hidden meanings caught in the frames. Connecting with her through this interview revealed to me a woman in love with her art and the beauty that is found in the discovery of well cherished memories.
Interview by Irina Gache
Ina’s portrait by Mary Revery
This Belgian photographer started to work with Instant film after learning Polaroid would cease film production. Inspired by the works of Anton Corbijn, he focused on travels, artistic nudes and portraiture. His work has been widely featured in international photography press and in the POLADARIUM calendar. www.polagraphy.be
Interview by Laura Beatrice Herman
In this short documentary, we talk to Ioana Cristina Casapu, co-founder of Romanian Polaroid Photographers and producer of upcoming group show “Emotion In Motion” about the past and future of instant photography, memories imprinted on film and the nature of art through emotions.
Interview by Medine Pop
Tools: Polaroid SX 70 Land Camera M1, Polaroid SX 70 Land Camera M2, Spectra
“In this air, you only get to breathe properly at night. Sometimes, my night slip slowly sticks to my skin like a deep jelly that’s about to drip. I can feel the sweat becoming part of my attire, like a gown that’s too hard to undress, like peach syrup melting under skimpy sun. The city has no smell and my fragrance dissolves itself nearly before touching my neck. I’m getting new freckles on my nose and cheeks, and while all languages of the world collapse in my head like providential rain, I still ache for cold sea breezes and unfinished sympathies with strangers in trains.
NAME: Andrés Aguilar Caro
TOOLS OF THE TRADE: Polaroid 320, FX70 Land Camera Alpha 1, Polaroid 635
Name: Martina Kurai, (real name: Martina Krajnakova)
Tools of trade: Polaroid Supercolor 635CL. My father got it in Soviet Russia more than 30 years ago.