The Polaroids of Sybille Bergemann manage to transform everything into a land of dream and fairy tale like characters. Or as Sybille would put it: “It’s the fringes of the world that interest me, not its centre.”
A fascinating display of dream like landscapes, pieces of empty furniture, or portraits of characters one would imagine are coming straight from the circus, all can be found in Sibylle’s Polaroids. Living in former East Berlin, behind the Iron Curtain which split the communist world from the capitalist one, you could imagine bleak images, or maybe black and white photography from Russian made cameras coming from that era. Polaroid SX-70 camera and film is a powerful symbol of America, and of its capitalist market, and so it was unlikely to be used to create instant images in a former communist country. But the combination works and we are left with a legacy of colour saturated instant photos, that show both the imagination that can sprung when life is not cluttered by all the commodities that surround us now, and the powerful legacy of the instant film over the years.
The washed out colours and deep beauty of her Polaroids evoke a romantic world, in which you could get lost forever, and underline what a great photographic medium instant photography was and is to help you materialize dream like worlds.
Will leave you with some of her photos, great and unique objects in themselves.
There is also a small and great book called Sybille Bergemann – The Polaroids, showed page by page in below video:
And some great website links: