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The Photo Issue 2014

Black and White Sunsets

Kevin Zucker creates analog color Polaroids of sunsets by shooting through gray sheets of translucent plastic. They're meant to convince us of something impossible: a color photo of a black-and-white sunset.

by Kevin Zucker
Jul 19 2014, 11:00am

These pictures originally appeared in the 2014 VICE photo issue.

Kevin Zucker creates analog color Polaroids of sunsets by shooting through gray sheets of translucent plastic. They're meant to convince us of something impossible: a color photo of a black-and-white sunset. Using Polaroid film emphasizes that each photograph in the ongoing series is a unique object, and the repetition of the subject leaves us wondering whether this is kitsch or appropriation, the sublime or the picturesque, fiction or nonfiction, nostalgia or forecast.

See more of Zucker's work here. Installation views available here, from a recent show of this work at Linn Lühn Gallery in Düsseldorf, Germany.