Saturday, October 8, 2011

The Essential Mikael Kennedy Polaroids

"In 2001, Mikael Kennedy began an odyssey, crisscrossing the continent and taking a series of Polaroid photographs that became the Passport to Trespass project. After a decade, this epic project is now coming to a terminus. Polaroid film is going extinct, and while efforts have been made to revive the process, pictures made with the old, sometimes long-expired, Polaroid film have a quality that The Impossible Project will never exactly duplicate.

Over the ensuing years, Kennedy's Polaroid photographs have been published in eleven monographs, culminating with Passport to Trespass, Volumes VIII & IX, which have just come out as a limited edition boxed set, covering the work he made from 2009-2011. Kennedy's Polaroids have also been exhibited from coast to coast, including an exhibition in 2010 of 500 images at the infamous Chelsea Hotel in New York. Kennedy's photographs are in numerous private collections as well as the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, in Houston.

All of the Polaroids that have been published as part of the Passport to Trespass project have been archived online, and now it is time to archive the prints themselves. Polaroids, are by their nature, a fugitive process, so it's fitting that the conclusion of this project also marks an end to their life on our website. We are retiring almost all of the Polaroid photographs that comprised Kennedy's Shoot the Moon exhibition, as well as those in the Hunt Them Out, and Saltwater River Guard series. For a limited time, we will keep a selection of 50 images online that we regard as our favourites, the essential Mikael Kennedy Passport to Trespass edit. All of the other prints will go into deep storage. A number of these 50 Polaroids are still available for purchase until 5 January, at which point we will close out the entire project.

Mikael Kennedy walked, drove, hitchhiked, sold his blood, even stole, to make these pictures. The plan was to have no plan, to "shoot the moon." Now the journey is over, and this is the last chance, for a long while, to look back and see where Kennedy went, who he met along the way, and what it all meant."     -Peter Hay Halpert

On January 5, 2012 Peter Hay Halpert Fine Art, NY will retire ALL Polaroids from the Shoot the Moon, Salt Water River Guard, and Hunt them Out series. For a limited time only 50 of the essential Polaroids from these collections will be available on 

Please take a moment to view the work one last time. 

Friday, October 7, 2011

10 Polaroids from Passport to Trespass are in this exhibition opening October 15th.

For Immediate Release
Contact Meghan Walter
(404) 885-1080

Instant Gratification: From Polaroid to Impossible

Photographs by Chloe Aftel, Sol Allen, David Walter Banks, Kendrick Brinson, Amber Fouts, Grant Hamilton, Mikael Kennedy, John Reuter, Magnus Stark

Atlanta, GA. Jennifer Schwartz Gallery is proud to present Instant Gratification, a showcase of instant film photography. Jennifer Schwartz Gallery will host an opening reception on Saturday, October 15th from 7 to 10 P.M. The exhibition will be on display until Saturday, November 26th.

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?  Polaroid gave up on the material a few years ago, but since then, there has been a resurgent interest. Through groups like The Impossible Project, the 20x24 studio and others, the instant material has been given a new life in the 21st century. Gallery owner Jennifer Schwartz says, “in recent years there has been a revival of instant film, and photographers have learned to embrace the film’s inherent imperfections to create striking, innovative images.”

This exhibition will explore the magic of instant film by displaying different artists’ approach to the material, from "straight" imagery to the very abstract. Stylistically, the artists vary greatly from the haunting images of Magnus Stark to the street scenes of Mikael Kennedy to the romanticized women of Chloe Aftel.

On Friday, October 14th David Bias, vice president of Impossible USA and a die-hard instant film lover, will talk about the mission, challenges and successes of The Impossible Project.  In October 2008 The Impossible Project saved the last Polaroid production plant and started to invent and produce totally new instant film materials for traditional Polaroid cameras.  The lecture starts at 7 P.M. at Big Studio in the King Plow Arts Center and is sponsored by Atlanta Celebrates Photography, Big Studio and Jennifer Schwartz Gallery.

Jennifer Schwartz Gallery is located at 1000 Marietta Street, Suite 112, Atlanta, GA 30318.  Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 A.M. to 5 P.M. and by appointment.   For more information call the gallery at (404) 885-1080 or visit

Monday, October 3, 2011


Mikael Kennedy's decade long Polaroid documentation of his travels
comes to end in the final two books in the Passport to Trespass series. 
This final set of books cover the ending of the Polaroid blog during the years of 2009-2011.

2 Books
5.5 x 8.5"
Perfect Bound
Signed and numbered
Limited edition - 100 sets
$95 (usa) / $115 (international)

#8: anywhere i lay my head, 246 pages
#9 : this is the end, 94 pages 


"Maine to Wales, through Spain, 
back and forth across America, 
into the jungles of Puerto Rico, 
and finally home; a fine line of wild"