Noah Zyla

 
 
 

My aim is to combine a more conceptual, artistic approach with the technical capabilities of the Polaroid camera and instant photography.

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I first saw a Polaroid camera in the summer of 1983, when my father’s friend, who had emigrated to Austria in the late 1970s, returned to visit my parents in Czechoslovakia. He had with him a Polaroid camera, and he used it to snap a photograph of my mother. That very iconic square photograph appeared from the front of the camera and developed immediately in our hands. Years later, in 2014, I found that very same photograph of my mother. She was wearing a miniskirt and she was stepping elegantly from a car. After so many years, I still remembered that astounding feeling of holding a fast-developing photographic print in my hand.

I had found that photograph at a time when I craved something creative to improve my work/life balance. A few days later, I bought my first Polaroid camera, I had an SX-70 of my own. I quickly became obsessed with the technical sides of instant photography and captivated with being able to easily create a photographic print. I also almost immediately began to collect vintage Polaroid cameras.

Eventually I decided to abandon my more technical approach to photography, during which I had created and photographed my own installations, and I turned instead to portraiture, which had always been the genre of most interest to me. After shooting a number of random portraits, I decided that I wanted to move forward creatively, and that I wanted to combine a more conceptual, artistic approach with the technical capabilities of the Polaroid camera and instant photography.

Noah Zyla

Flickr: noahandhisshadow
Photographer's IG: @noahandhisshadow
Model's IGs: @iam.jaspit - @morethanimage - @linda_spitzner - @luciekropac