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Instant Prints

Instant prints involve a variety of chemical processes in black and white and in color, the materials for which were marketed by the Polaroid Corporation beginning in the late 1940s. With instant prints (also known as diffusion transfer prints), the necessary materials and developing chemicals are contained within one package and the resulting unique print is produced shortly after exposure. Polaroid marketed specialized cameras and photographic materials to the amateur photographer and, in the 1970s and -80s, specifically to artists. Since the mid-1990s, digital imaging processes have steadily replaced traditional instant prints and while Polaroid discontinued manufacturing its products in 2008, Fuji and some other companies continue to make similar materials.

Panorama, 11/26/84

1984, instant color prints

Lucas Samaras

born Kastoria, Greece 1936