Sotheby's Photographs from the Polaroid Collection, New York, 21 June 2010
With Sotheby's specialists Denise Bethel and Chris Mahoney and artist David Levinthal. From the time of its introduction in 1948, the Polaroid camera has inspired photographers and artists to push the limits of their creativity. Photographs from the Polaroid Collection comprises an astonishing range of photographic approaches and sensibilities: from the masterful landscapes of Ansel Adams to the surreal explorations of Lucas Samaras; from the massive self portraits by Chuck Close to the cultural commentaries of Robert Heinecken. Polaroid cameras and films have spurred some of the most interesting photographic work of the latter part of the 20th century. In addition to multifarious works in Polaroid media, the Polaroid Corporation also acquired traditional gelatin silver prints of photographic icons by Harry Callahan, Dorothea Lange, Imogen Cunningham, Minor White, Edward and Brett Weston, and Paul Caponiogro, to name but a few. Replete with photographic masterworks and little-known gems, Photographs from the Polaroid Collection offers collectors an unprecedented opportunity to acquire images from one of the largest and most distinctive corporate collections to be sold at auction.