Mar 15, 2012 12:00AM

See Rare Polaroids by Andy Warhol

And take your own instantly gratifying snaps with the Polaroid Z340.

We don't know how this kind of thing actually happens, but some particularly eagle-eyed individual has stumbled upon more than 150 long lost Polaroids taken by Andy Warhol. The images were snapped from 1970 onwards, when Warhol first discovered the Polaroid camera, which means they are incredibly rare as back then such pictures could not be reproduced.

The rare prints feature the iconic faces of John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Truman Capote, Gianni Versace and many other of Warhol's celebrity friends, including a fresh-faced Debbie Harry who looks nothing remotely like Lindsay Lohan. As the initial reference points for his coveted silk prints, the Polaroids are just as striking on their own as they are with his stylised graphic treatment of bold and saturated colour.

Luckily for Polaroid enthusiasts shooting in the 21st Century, the risk of misplacing photographs in a cavernous archive of dusty prints is not such a problem. The Polaroid Z340 combines instant gratification with digital technology allowing you to capture images and select which to print. There is also an option for adding filters and adjusting colours for that authentic found-in-an-dilapidated-1970s-warehouse aesthetic, or you can just upload them straight to Facebook.

Twenty-three of the Polaroids have been selected for an exhibition at Danziger Gallery in New York March 1 - April 21.

See some of them here:

Words: Hannah Ongley

www.polaroid.com.au

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