Twelve Instant Images on Polaroid Type 105 Positive/Negative Film Portfolio
Limited Edition Portfolio of 12 Hand Signed Prints
Included are Signed Prints by Ansel Adams, David Bailey, Walker Evans, Yousuf Karsh, Ulrich Mack, Sarah Moon, Lennart Nilson, Kishin Shinoyama, Jeanloup Sieff, Josef Sudek, Oliviero Toscani, and Minor White
This is a very rare limited edition portfolio of signed prints by 12 of the most important modern masters of photography that was released in 1974 with a limitation of 50 portfolios that were hand signed by the photographers. This should not be confused with the non-signed edition that was released with a limitation of 950 portfolios. (For these portfolios, a facsimile signature was used.) The portfolio is entitled “Twelve Instant Images on Polaroid Type 105 Positive/Negative Film”. Polaroid launched this project to show that this film process could successfully compete with gelatin silver prints as a fine art medium. The company gave cameras plus a generous stock of film to Ansel Adams, David Bailey, Walker Evans, Yousuf Karsh, Ulrich Mack, Sarah Moon, Lennart Nilson, Kishin Shinoyama, Jeanloup Sieff, Josef Sudek, Oliviero Toscani, and Minor White. The portfolio consists of the image that each photographer felt was the best of the photographs they had taken.
The photogravure prints were done by C.J. Bucher AG, Lucerne, Switzerland and were printed on cardboard Bristo satinized very white, 320 grams. The size of the paper is 17.25” x 13” with each of the images varying in size with most in the 13” x 10” or 10” x 10” range. The text sheets provide information on each of the photographs and includes a short bio on the photographer as well as information about the photograph such as the date it was taken, camera used, exposure time, and information on the subject of the photograph. The last text page is the limitation page. This is an out of series portfolio with no number indicated.
All 12 of the signed prints are in perfect, unused and unmounted condition. Each photograph is hand-signed by the photographer below the image. The portfolio case is in FINE condition. The laid in description sheets are also in FINE condition with the title sheet having some offset from the box.
To my knowledge, this is the only portfolio of hand-signed prints currently available. Signed images from each of these photographers fetches significant prices at auction -- this is an incredible chance to pick up a beautiful set of images from each that is certain to continue to increase in value in years to come.
Photographs of the portfolio case, the text pages for the photographer/photo information, stock photographs in alphabetical order for each of the photographers, and actual images of the Ansel Adams and Josef Sudek photographs appear in the photo section of the listing.