Impossible 8 x 8 Exhibition Introduces A New Generation Of Instant Photographers

The Impossible 8 x 8 exhibition is currently residing at the Hoxton Gallery and Stuart Fawcett went along to the opening night.

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Impossible 8 x 8 Exhibition Introduces A New Generation Of Instant Photographers:

On Thursday evening, Stuart Fawcett went along to the opening night of a time-limited exhibition at the Hoxton Gallery, London to meet some of the people and share some of the images. The exhibition features 8 photographic artists showcasing 8 pieces of their work with the help of 'Impossible' who are dedicated to saving 200 million Polaroid cameras from running out of film. Impossible selected the eight artists and challenged them to create eight pictures using the Instant Lab with any of Impossible's colour or b&w 600 or SX-70 films.  The Impossible 8 x 8 Exhibition, which was inspired by the fact that each pack of Impossible film has just eight photos, runs until 7pm on Sunday 22nd February before going around the world.


Impossible 8 x 8 Exhibition Introduces A New Generation Of Instant Photographers:


One of these photographers invited by Impossible to contribute their work is Scout Willis whose favourite camera is a Contax t2 film camera. Scout has been an avid photographer for as long as she can remember and loves film. She recently came into the media spotlight with a #FreeTheNipple campaign to challenge the perceived hypocrisy in the US with the freedom of a woman to bare her breasts or not without judgement from others; think positive thoughts like breastfeeding and personal freedom from politicians, not negative exploitation and male titillation. For the shots featured in the exhibition, she used 600 film, then scanned in the prints, post processed and printed again for her exploration of intimacy in the 8x8 exhibition.


Impossible 8 x 8 Exhibition Introduces A New Generation Of Instant Photographers:


The first set of the images shown above, in groups of 4x4, are from Scout Willis then the next 4 are from Alison Mosshart from the band The Kills. Alison has been shooting Polaroid type film since childhood, her pieces focus on her diaristic observations of road trips and her home in LA. Third is Andrew Millar from Birmingham with a style that is a haunting mix of reality and fantasy. His eight pieces (4 shown) feature tiger-headed women, sharks and more. The final group of 4 images are from Kate Bellm who is known as a nomadic fashion photographer and her work celebrates youth as well as sexual freedom. With rich colours, her eight works span the globe, from Tokyo and New Zealand to her home in Deià, Spain.


Impossible 8 x 8 Exhibition Introduces A New Generation Of Instant Photographers:


Another photographer I got to meet was the wonderfully dramatic and dedicated Paulina Surys. Pauline from Poland is also a fine art painter and wants to challenge the subjugation of women and the intense pressure to conform to the media images of what a woman should be. She is bringing out a book of new work in about a month with the second photo below featuring in it amongst many other new works. Like many photographers, her favourite photo is her last published one.


Impossible 8 x 8 Exhibition Introduces A New Generation Of Instant Photographers:


The next set of 4x4 images shown above (see the full exhibition for all 8 from the 8) are Paulina Sury's. Following on is work from US photographer Chuck Grant whose work has been featured in the New York Times and her sister is the singer Lana Del Ray.  The third set is from Oliver Blohm, a German fashion photographer who likes to physically change the print and negatives in his pictures before scanning them back in for final edit and print. Finally, Elegia is a Scottish-born self-taught photographer who focuses on the female body, often with self-portraits and she enjoys the unpredictability of film.

Of course, there were many guests and a few of those that let me photograph them are shown above. This includes some very sweet freelance technical writers, Lomography specialist Hannah and her 'sisters', including Rosie Kavanavoch and of course the device itself, the Impossible Instant Lab Universal which allows users to print out Polaroids from their mobile phone.

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Words and pictures by Stuart Fawcett (JackAllTog)

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