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Developments at Polaroid

Friday 19 April 2002

From today’s news: BOSTON (AP) Polaroid Corp. is hoping a sale to a deep-pocketed bank will help it dig out from bank­ruptcy and revive its famous instant film and camera business. It’s been a little sad to see such a clever company go down.

Elsa Dorfman in her studio, with Polaroid 20x24 camera (image from elsa.photo.net)

This prompts me to point out the website of Elsa Dorfman, por­trait photographer. Since 1980 she has used a Polaroid camera. Big deal? Yes, big. It is one of six special studio cameras that make 20x24 inch Polaroid images. You can’t sneak up on some­one with a monster like that. Her sitters make eye contact with the camera, and remind me of August Sander’s subjects. But these Polaroid pictures are colourful and relaxed​—​I sense that a visit to Elsa Dorfman’s studio would be fun.

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