© Helmut Newton 1976. Image from Polaroid picture collection courtesy of Sammlung WestLicht

© Helmut Newton 1976. Image from Polaroid picture collection courtesy of Sammlung WestLicht

A precious collection of Polaroid photos has been saved from an uncertain future after being purchased by an Austrian photography museum, it has been revealed.

Vienna-based WestLicht Museum of Photography announced it has purchased the International Polaroid Collection, which consists of some 4,400 Polaroid photos by more than 800 artists, including Ansel Adams, Robert Mapplethorpe, Sally Mann and others.

The museum said it plans to exhibit the works from 17 June to 21 August of this year.
The Polaroid picture collection was compiled by the company from 1972 to 1990 when founder Edwin Herbert Land invited famous photographers and artists to experiment with special custom-made Polaroid cameras and film material not available on the market.

However, after Polaroid’s insolvency in 2008, the Polaroid picture collection was at risk of being broken up and sold at auction.

The Polaroid Collection had been put on the market by liquidators dealing with Polaroid’s assets when Peter Coeln, who owns the WestLicht Museum, helped acquire the collection and present it to the broader public for the first time.

To see more images from the Polaroid picture collection or the museum’s other exhibits, visit the WestLicht Museum website.

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Via PhotoRadar