Romanian Polaroid Photographers was created in 2015 by photographers Ioana Cristina Casapu and Dragoș Mălăescu. Dedicated to instant film lovers across the globe and focused on the work of Romanian instant film photographers, the group speaks volumes of the magic, inspiration and storytelling this type of photography entails. For ‘Emotion In Motion’ 9 Romanian artists and 3 foreign guests exhibited between 15th and 22nd of August 2016 at KUBE Musette in Bucharest.
“Falling in love should be instant, like Polaroids. We love the dusty type that gently saturates fractured hills and makes fields all golden, the magic that breeds from light shaded expired solvents, the strong, cinematic texture of life caught on super speedy black and white. Instant film is emotion in motion, like poetry in blank lyric, like a song that changes from high pitched sounds to lower vibration in a matter of seconds. Naturally, the waiting, the preparation and the chance of unexpected are what make this format so irresistible, so precarious and yet so rich. And each time we take the stage to photograph love, music, the wonderful beings of the Earth or a glimpse of a mood, we translate to that feeling of persistence which only the natural high of this format can preserve.
There’s no such emotion in digital and anyone who at least once had the chance to revert to analog knows how printed memory will always survive hard disks, damaged phones and USB sticks that fail to connect any longer.
Ioana Cristina Casapu is a journalist, photographer and producer living life in transit between home town Bucharest and Berlin. She has worked with major publications in both Romania and foreign countries and wrote a novel about the psychology of Internet relationships. ‘I took this series with an SX-70 Camera on Tegel Airport in Berlin before boarding to Bucharest in July 2016. This is my friend, Susanne, with whom I’ve shared 5 years of adventures in Bucharest and who moved back to Germany soon after I relocated there. These images mark both my wanderlust and my longing to reunite with my friend one day; warmly coloured by the inside of the pocket where I kept them in the airplane, sharp and cold like the distance of 1800 km between me and her.’ – Ioana explains.
The project is a work of love and a tribute to influential artists like Andy Warhol, Andrei Tarkovsky or Helmut Newton. Instant film photographs would last in mint condition for nearly 100 years. They are the legacy of a prosperous world of artists that never ceases to reinvent itself through vanguard technologies and innovative film types. Emotion in Motion is Romanian Polaroid Photographers’ 4th exhibition and their first stand alone show in Bucharest. After debuting in 2015 in Barcelona and travelling the world, the project has gathered more and more artists together, sewing a global net of Romanian instant film photographers. Matei Branea, Anton Roland Laub and Ioana Cristina Casapu (Berlin), Cosmin Bumbuț, Ina Ionescu, Barna Nemethi and Andrei Nico (Bucharest), Horia Brebeneanu (Manchester), Irina Măgurean (Cluj-Napoca), Sven Van Driessche (Belgium), Andres Aguilar Caro (Spain) and Rachel Frank (USA) are the artists who will unravel their emotion in motion for 7 days. Their work ranges from intimate introspections into the feminine universe, surreal fashion photography, illustrations on original Polaroid pictures or major political events from the 1990s.
Digital Photographs by Irina Gache/Luca Almosnino