“I don’t rely on mirrors, so I always take polaroids” declares Alicia Silverstone in one of the glamorous fashion montages of Clueless.
Press. Flash. Flrrrrr.
Moments later, the on-spot portrait develops before your eyes.
Comparable to modern smartphone cameras, Polaroids were essential for testing out the lighting and look before the “real” cameras were ready to go. Typically cast away in the crevices of a photographers work space, instant film cameras are in a 21st Century Renaissance challenging the accessibility of digital platforms and the vision of photography.
In a homey East Village office, an attentive audience sat filling the room, witnessing the first meeting of Martín Weber and Wendy Ewald last Thursday night. Hosted by Magnum Foundation, these two creative documentary photographers shared their latest projects and joined in conversation about the deeper meaning of their work.