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Staging Pictures: Early Polaroids

Dark Spring Press presents our second book, Staging Pictures: Early Polaroids by Robert Stivers. This first edition is limited to only 450 signed and numbered copies, including 25 Deluxe Edition copies which include two photographs — one Polaroid and one 8 x 8 inch gelatin silver print — housed in a custom clamshell box.

Staging Pictures: Early Polaroids by Robert Stivers, the artist’s sixth book, focuses on his working Polaroid prints, shot with a Hasselblad Polaroid back for instant proofing of lighting and composition of his subjects. The artist then transformed these proof prints into experimental works in themselves with addition of marks, color, scratching, burning and the use of mixed media. These Polaroids from the 1980’s and 90’s lend insight into the working process of the artist, and reveal early glimpses of the subjects that inspired Stivers to create his fine art photographs.