Polaroid Masterpieces Saved from Obscurity By Vienna Museum

OneModelPlace.com members who remember the good ol’ days of instant cameras will find the following gallery exhibit very interesting. Back in March, the Vienna-based WestLicht Museum of Photography purchased the International Polaroid Collection from the Swiss Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne. They saved it from being sold off piecemeal with the rest of the bankrupt company’s holdings, Caroline Stanley reports for Flavorwire.com.

Made up of 4,400 photos by 800 international artists, including such well-known names as Ansel Adams, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Andy Warhol, this massive body of work was shot primarily in the ’70s and ’80s using special custom-made cameras and film that was not available on the market — all provided by Polaroid’s founder, Edwin Herbert Land.

Currently, 350 of the images are on display in Austria; click the link below to view a selection of highlights from the collection.

Images: Andy Warhol by Oliviero Toscani (top), Patrick Nagatani (bottom)

Click here to see the collection of Vintage Polaroids

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