Polaroids

Piotr Zastróżny


One day, long time ago I've found in the basement polaroid 600. I've bought the loading from some guy which was mainly selling potatos at the flea market. That was my first time.

Issue 17 (3/2006) • december 31, 2006 • wersja polska »»


Piotr Zastróżny

Piotr Zastróżny
Born in June 1976.

Photograph, graphic designer, musician, polaroider, aspirant, traveller, sportsman, honourary member of the minilabist's, publisher, radio man, nice and gentlemanly person.

Lives in Sopot and Warsaw.

Has a classic way of photographing - he photographes mainly people and naked women. Graduated the Academy of Fine Art in Gdansk at the painting and graphic department, specialized in photography.

Loves animals and hopes for world peace. Plays blues and jazz on his guitar. Recorded a unique album with the best polish jazz musicians.

Admirer of any kind of beauty in the world. Always carry along Linhof Master Technika Classic, Leica M7, Polaroid and Holga. Exhibits, sells. Participating in many kind of projects around the world.

Loves to toboggan.


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Why Polaroid?


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I have no idea, most probably, therefore I have been enthralled by it as much as by Ilford Delta 100 czy Portra 160NC. You also need something to take pictures with. Perhaps of the fact, that both Polaroid 55 and 665 have a wonderful black and white negative. Perhaps because of SX-70 camera. Perhaps of the weird smell of Polaroid chemicals. Perhaps because of instant results. Most certainly, because it is absolutely magical material.

How and when did you become interested in Polaroid?

One day, long time ago I've found in the basement polaroid 600. I've bought the loading from some guy which was mainly selling potatos at the flea market. That was my first time.

Though the thought that the man which invented the polaroid should be awarded with Nobel prize came to me when I bought the Graflex 4x5 inches.

Your favorite cameras and films?

I like the best SX-70 and 195 Land Camera. As to the films, Polacolor 4x5 59, Polapan 4X5 55, 669, Polacolor 4x5 PRO100 and SX-70 are my favorites. Absolutely phenomenal are the first two films mentioned above - 59 color and 55 black and white.

Recently I've bought a Linhof Master Technik Classic year 2006. I get touched everytime I use a polaroid with the size of the postcard. Out of any doubts SX-70 is great.

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In your opinion, is there such thing as "failed Polaroid" and what do you do with them?

In regards to the polaroids, it's hard to say what exactly is ment by saying "failed polaroid". I get an impression that the more it is "failed", the more it is great. For an example lets take a Joycam, you can not make a clear and sharp picture with it. All is pallor and barely seen, but this is its charm. SX-70 has such colors and marks that everytime I see it, tears fall from my eyes. I feel as I would be taking pictures in the '70.

I am absolutly delighted by the 4x5 inches polaroids. Here everything is perfect.. maybe not completely, especially when photographing with after date films. After expire date films are the best.

What is next for SX-70 after they stop making the film fot this camera?

There is still alot of them in the warehouses, so it should do for next few years. They are getting more and more expensive, but sometimes you can find them in a good price. Recently I bought a whole box, which will be enough for around 300 pictures for some funny small money. It happend in Poland. Poland is a funny country :)

Favorite Polaroid photographers?

Sarah Moon, Andrey Tarkovsky, Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Harry Callahan, William Wegman, Walker Evans, Andy Warhol, Gabriele Basilico, Ton Huijbers...

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