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Polaroids

Barbara Astman

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Selfportrait

Barbara Astman


Barbara Astman is one of Canada's highly acclaimed artists. Her work has received national and international recognition. Since the 1970s she has explored a wide range of photographic and mixed media based work. In 1987 she completed a prominent floor installation for the Calgary Winter Olympics, and in 1995 the Art Gallery of Hamilton organized a major touring retrospective exhibition, "Barbara Astman - Personal/Persona - A 20 Year Survey". In 2000, she created a site specific photomurals for The Portal Project, at the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care, Toronto.

Her work is represented in many museum, corporate, and private collections, in Canada, United States, and Europe.

Astman has degrees from the Rochester Institute of Technology, School for American Craftsmen, and Ontario College of Art. She is active in the Toronto arts community with a focus on post secondary photographic education. She holds the position of Professor, Faculty of Art, at the Ontario College of Art and Design. Her most recent solo exhibition "dancing with che", was held at the Corkin/Shopland Gallery, Toronto, and currently she is working on an installation commissioned for the new Canadian Embassy in Berlin, Germany.

Born: a long time ago
Schools: RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology), in Rochester, NY, USA and OCAD (Ontario College of Art and Design) in Toronto, Canada
Models of Cameras: all types of Polaroid SX-70's and Spectra Cameras.
Film Type: what ever fits in the above cameras.
Inspiration: A life well lived.


© Barbara Astman
© 2004 Barbara Astman

Why Polaroids?


 

Although everyone says its the intstant gratification that they most enjoy about utilizing Polaroid, for me it is the fact that I can rip them apart, alter them, pile them up, re-photograph them and create a new vision. It is a more physical way of working with photography. Where the physical process of ripping away and altering actually informs what the images is to become. Even when I do not rip apart and alter the Polaroids, I feel more physically connected to the actual Polaroid than a black and white silver print or colour photograph.

 

 

Polaroids


© Barbara Astman



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