If you are a film buff or an instant photography enthusiast, you are in luck! The National Museum of Singapore is introducing their latest exhibition, In an Instant: Polaroid at the Intersection of Art and Technology.
From 10 November 2018 – 31 March 2019, museum-goers can rediscover their love for instant photography with a collection of 220 artefacts and artworks from the MIT museum, WestLicht (photography centre in Vienna), The Polaroid Collection and other artists. This exhibition will be exploring the history, evolution and connection of polaroid to modern day technology.
When I heard about this exhibit, I was immediately excited about what I could learn from it. Upon walking into the exhibition, my eyes took a few seconds to adjust to the darkness.
I was first introduced to the story of Edwin Land and his quest to create the world’s first instant camera.
Walking along, the walls displayed an array of Polaroid artworks taken during the hype in the late 20th century.
Within the second section of the museum, there is a small cinema-like room that was concealed by a cloth. At first, I was intrigued to see that the people inside were just staring at a blank screen.
I was later told that there were special Polaroid glasses at the side of the room that had to be worn to watch the short film.
In the final section of the exhibition, there were exhibits of several local social influencers discussing their social media experience and how it has affected their lives.
Soon we were near the exit of the exhibition, and there was three photo-taking area available: the Exclusive Themed Photo Booth (S$6), Instant Polaroid Photos (S$2) and even a selfie booth.
I would highly recommend avid photographers to visit this exhibition to learn about the evolution of instant photography. So get your friends and families to join you, and study the stories of all the images!
Dates & Times: 10 November 2018 – 31 March 2019, 10am – 7pm (Daily)
Prices: S$12.50 – S$26 per pax