Polaroid photography is back with a vengeance.
"It’s really big right now," according to Diana Edwards, an artist and owner of Studio Space Junk on Frazier Avenue.
Edwards will host an amateur Polaroid art exhibit this weekend to coincide with the studio’s one-year anniversary. The exhibit will be open Friday, Aug. 30 from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 31 from 4 to 9 p.m. Cost is free, and patrons are encouraged to bring their own alcoholic beverages.
The studio specializes in the display and sale of analog photography equipment and films. Edwards also provides Polaroid workshops for those interested in the craft.
A Polaroid camera will be available during the event for use.
Before starting her business, Edwards had difficulty finding the necessary chemicals, paper and film for analog photography in Chattanooga.
What: Polaroid art exhibit
Where: 436 Frazier Ave.
When: Friday, Aug. 30, 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 31, 4-9 p.m.
How much: Free
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"I couldn’t find anything," she said. "So, I thought, ‘I think I’m going to sell this stuff.’"
The resurgence in the popularity of "that Polaroid look" spurred an interest to make the film more readily available to the public. In 2008, Florian Kaps and André Bosman started The Impossible Project, saving the last Polaroid film factory in Enschede, Netherlands. The factory began producing new film materials for the nearly obsolete Polaroid cameras around the world.
Edwards sells film from The Impossible Project in her studio.
"This is more art than film," she said. "It’s a way to capture that Instagram feel to a photograph while using actual film."
In the future, Edwards hopes to sustain herself through the studio while fostering her own creative process. For now, though, she’s content to have a space and her photography students.
"It doesn’t matter what happens, people will always love photographs," she said. "They love taking pictures of everything. The more fun it is, the more people can relate to it."
Studio Space Junk is located next to Standard Ink, under Antidote PC. Attendees to the exhibit are encouraged to park behind the building in the free spaces.
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