Tom Baril :: Polaroid Type 55 Works

Tom Baril was born in Connecticut, attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and spent over 15 years working as a printer for Robert Mapplethorpe. After his tenure with Mapplethorpe, Baril went out on his own becoming best known for his still life table shots of flowers and fruits across a range of mediums from collodion to Polaroid Type 55 to silver gelatin.

In this video, I want to talk about his first, self-titled monograph which concentraits mainly on Baril’s work with Polaroid Type 55. In this body of work, Baril shows a range of techniques including solarization and pinhole. His printing skills are exceptional as well. Most of these images display a beautiful sepia as the result of tea toning.

Tom Baril –
Botanica –

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Koch Gallery

Winston Wächter Fine Art

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