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From time to time, when someone sends me a reply/comment that runs a bit long but that I consider worthy of the attention of this blog’s readers, I turn that into a Guest Post. And sometimes I invite such contributions to Photocritic International. As a matter of policy, I offer such space to anyone on whose work or activity I comment negatively, for purposes of explanation or rebuttal.

— A. D. Coleman

1. “Polaroid, Polapan, Platinum, and Me.” Tom Millea’s account of 15 years’ worth of support from Polaroid, coming not through the Collections, the Artist Support Programs, or the Education Program, but from the technical department.

2. “Polaroid and the Photo-backdrop Survey.” James B. Wyman discusses Polaroid’s support of his curatorial survey of photo backdrops used in vernacular photography.

3. “The Centrality of Polaroid 55 Film to My Practice.” Carl Chiarenza, an early tester of Polaroid products for Edwin Land, on his long-term relationship to Polaroid materials.

4. “Polaroid on the Docket.” (8/27/09) George Slade reports first-hand on the Minnesota Bankruptcy Court hearing of August 28, 2009, authorizing the dispersal of the unique, irreplaceable Polaroid Collection at auction.

5. Federal Judge Sam Joyner on Polaroid (9/15/09). Joyner’s informal analysis of the legal issues surrounding the Polaroid Collection, including the two bankruptcies of he Polaroid Corporation and the effect thereof on the rights of photographers with work in the collection.

6(a). Stephen Perloff on the Polaroid Auction (7/18/10). First of a five-part report on the June 21-22 sale of selections from the Polaroid Collection at Sotheby’s in New York.

6(b). Stephen Perloff on the Polaroid Auction (7/19/10). Second of a five-part report on the June 21-22 sale of selections from the Polaroid Collection at Sotheby’s in New York.

6(c). Stephen Perloff on the Polaroid Auction (7/20/10). Third of a five-part report on the June 21-22 sale of selections from the Polaroid Collection at Sotheby’s in New York.

6(d). Stephen Perloff on the Polaroid Auction (7/22/10). Fourth of a five-part report on the June 21-22 sale of selections from the Polaroid Collection at Sotheby’s in New York.

6(e). Stephen Perloff on the Polaroid Auction (7/24/10). Fifth of a five-part report on the June 21-22 sale of selections from the Polaroid Collection at Sotheby’s in New York.

7. Patrick Alt on the Norsigian/Adams Negatives (10/6/2010). Alt’s defense of his role as the  designated “photo expert” for Team Norsigian in its effort to validate a group of 65 anonymous glass-plate negatives as the work of Ansel Adams.

8. Bill Ewing on Polaroid at the Musée de l’Elysée (5/8/11). On the eve of his retirement as director of this Swiss institution, Ewing sets the record straight on the museum’s conservation, exhibition, and publication efforts in relation to the portion of the Polaroid Collection that was housed there until the dismantling thereof commenced.

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