Preview: Instant Gratification at Jennifer Schwartz

Photographer Mikael Kennedy talks instant film in a digital age


This weekend Jennifer Schwartz Gallery will open Instant Gratification, a group exhibition that poses the questions, "Why has instant film been able to survive in the digital age? What is it about the material that captures people's imagination and interest?" The nine photographers included in the exhibition use instant film in vastly different ways: Magnus Stark creates spare abstractions, Chloe Aftel captures fashionably washed-out scenes, and so forth.

Creative Loafing caught up Mikael Kennedy, whose warm, intimate Polaroids are included in the exhibition, to ask him what draws him to working with instant film, even after Polaroid has given up producing it. Kennedy wrote back with some thoughts about the medium and shared a few images of his work. Check those out after the jump.