From its beginning in 2008, the Impossible Project has been a wild roller coaster ride between analog heaven and instant hell. One of the most important aspects that kept our engines running, recharged our batteries on a daily basis and made us stand proud and strong are the endless amount of simply breathtaking images taken by photographers all over the world.
It is our true pleasure and honor to present the following brand new publications, fine manifestations of various artistic minds and ventures, celebrating Impossible possibilities, embedded in strong creative concepts.
TRACES OF TIME
A PHOTOGRAPHIC JOURNEY WITH THE AFGHAN PAMIRIS
“There was something extremely precious in the way they were holding the image, in the way they wanted to get it as soon as it got out of the camera, it was both the gift and the interaction. It was a picture of themselves but also a souvenir of our encounter. Often it was the first picture they received in their lives. That was the starting point. Then we realized that by their holding the photos, the notion of time was specifically framed within that experience.”
- Fabrice Nadjari & Varial
“Traces of Time” showcases the instant portraits taken by childhood friends and photographers Fabrice Nadjari and Varial. During summer 2011 they traveled by foot to the remote Wakhan Corridor in the North-Eastern part of Afghanistan, meeting children, housewives, opium smokers, village chiefs and peasants, all lending themselves to this ceremonious collection of Impossible instant pictures. 93 pages, 31x23,5 cm/12.20" x 9.25"
US$ 39.99 | JPY 3,399
Read the article on “Traces of Time” on the New York Times’ LENS blog
“Despite all fears one might be confronted with when going forward, David Sylvian always kept on trying to express his world as an artist. The reason that his works are still shining after the long time is coming from his passion and efforts.
David has been experimenting with Vintage Polaroid Cameras in the 80s, now he met with the new generation of Impossible instant film. With glowing enigmas he created his first photo exhibition, finding Impossible film to be the best match for his recent expression.”
- Hisako Motoo, Curator
In 1974 David Sylvian become popular with the pop band “Japan”, but art installations have alleys been an important aspect of David's work. In his twenties David started using instant film, his Polaroid collage “Perspectives” was published in 1984 with exhibitions in London, Tokyo, Zurich and Milan. “glowing enigmas” is David's first work created entirely on Impossible instant film. An exhibition presented at the Impossible Project Space Tokyo featured 141 Impossible photographs by David Sylvain, this book presents a careful selection of his analog artworks. 20 partly foldout pages, 26 x 12.5 cm/10.24" x 4.72"
US$ 27.99 | JPY 2,100
FROM POLAROID TO IMPOSSIBLE
MASTERPIECES OF INSTANT PHOTOGRAPHY
“Ultimately, photography has never been a question of technology alone; it has always been a cultural phenomena. By taking photographs, by representing our lives, we appropriate the world in which we live and make it our own. And today and tomorrow, that cannot and will not be less exciting or important than it was a hundred years ago, when photography first began to be a means of expression and a medium for everyone. The Impossible Project is preserving for the world the ability to have an ultra-analog, completely manifest experience of the photograph-in-a-moment. The aura of the Impossible original has inspired and will continue to inspire many artists.”
- Achim Heine, Editor
Photo by Stefanie Schneider
Photo by Nobuyoshi Araki
Revised second edition of this popular bi-lingual (English/German) catalogue, printed by esteemed German publisher Hatje Cantz, presenting the highlights of the European Polaroid Collection along with new Impossible artworks by contemporary photographers, with introductory texts by Achim Heine, Barbara Hitchcock and Florian Kaps. Created on the occasion of the POLAROID (IM)POSSIBLE exhibition last summer in Westlicht Vienna, which is now again on display at the NRW-Forum Kultur und Wirtschaft in Düsseldorf, Germany. Find exhibition details HERE
192 pages, ca. 25 x 33 cm/9.84" x 13", contains ca. 200 colorful plates, hardcover with book jacket
US$ 51.99 | JPY 4,219
AVOID THE VOID
IN YOUR BOOKSHELF
FRAIL by Lia Sáile
M.A.D. Magazine Kit
Impossible films sometimes take on a surprising life of their own. In the new photo art book "FRAIL", German artist Lia Sáile deploys and unfolds this quality in a creative and most enchanting way.
Dedicated to the brilliant Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki and his Black Frame artworks, the very first issue of M.A.D magazine comes with 1 pack of Black Frame film in a special kit.
January 2011 HUGE magazine featuring 24 pages packed with Impossible and the Instant Karma project as well as a special instant film edition of old Impossible PX 600 and PX 70 PUSH! film.