Polaroid transfer prints are made from photographs
taken with Polaroid color film which is peeled apart with a few seconds
of developing, and the "negative" portion placed directly in contact with
a medium such as watercolor paper. Depending on the type of paper
used, its conditioning (temperature, moistness) and the transfer pressure,
the image may vary from nearly indistinguihsable from a normal Polaroid
photograph to a subtle, ethereal interpretation reminiscent of Impressionist
painting. The effect has been popular for book covers for emerging
authors, and in fashion photography.
Polaroid transfers can be done with many kinds
of peel-apart Polaroid color film, in sizes roughly 3x4, 4x5, and 8x10.
Below is an evolving series of Polaroid transfer
prints I have made with Polaroid Type 59 color film, and my 4x5
Speed Graphic camera. Click on an image for a larger view.
Copyright 1997 Leigh L. Klotz, Jr.