William Miller – ‘Ruined Polaroids’

William Miller’s series ‘Ruined Polaroids’ – “an unintended exploration into the three-dimensional physical character of an antiquated photographic medium that touches on subjects from the artistic value of chance, to questions of what constitutes a photograph. I say unintended because what I’m focusing on here is a technological anomaly. The failure of a process.”

William Miller - Ruined Polaroids

William Miller – Ruined Polaroids


These pictures are taken with a broken old Polaroid SX-70 camera bought for just $18 at a garage sale. When he started using, it “spills out two pictures at a time and the film often gets stuck in the gears, exposing and mangling the images in unpredictable ways.” They were an abstract mess that could hardly be called photographs. At first, he tried to repair it but since nothing helped, over time, he liked this unpredictability and enjoyed the surprise that the distortion could create. “So much about all this is just chance.”