When the first Polaroid camera was made available in 1948, it was a true revolution in photography, allowing people to see their photographs instantly, rather than wait for film to be developed and prints made. My first experience with photography was using my parents’ Polaroid camera as a child in the 1960s.
The earliest versions of the Polaroid process involved peeling the finished print away from the emulsion-carrying “negative.” It was soon discovered that this process could be altered by allowing the emulsion to develop, or transfer, onto other media, such as water color paper. The resulting image can be pleasantly unpredictable and give a painterly effect. I often describe it as looking like a cross between a photograph and a watercolor that was left out in the weather.
My Polaroid transfer originals are sometimes shot directly onto Polaroid film using Polaroid cameras. Other images are shot on slide film, or shot digitally then printed onto slide film. The image is then transferred onto Polaroid film using an “instant slide printer.”
The finished Polaroid transfer original image is then scanned and optimized for enlarging and printing.
The finished image is printed on 13×19 inch matte museum quality paper.