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Darkroom Dynamics, 2nd Edition by Jim Stone

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Polaroid SX-70

Michael Kostiuk

I began to manipulate photographic prints after I became dissatisfied with the predictability of conventional use of commercially available materials. By reworking the photo-graphic print with various media and tools, I can add to or subtract from the basic offerings of the print itself, giving it new form and life.

Polaroid SX-70 film is a particularly suitable medium for manipulation. This is not to say that the unmanipulated system is insufficient, but as in any photographic process, the camera and film record only a facsimile of that which reflects light. The user is limited to a selection of certain images, and to their physical two-dimensionality. The SX-70 print and the nature of the slow hardening reagent ...

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