In 2010 The Impossible Project provided American photographer Autumn de Wilde with several hundred boxes of the last remaining original Polaroid film stock, and waited breathlessly as she set about the task of capturing 2,500 individual photos of rock icons, The Decemberists, in their 'natural habitat' - during the recording sessions for their latest release, The King is Dead, at Pendarvis Farm outside of Portland, Oregon, and in de Wilde's hometown of Los Angeles, California.
Using unique Polaroid Chocolate, Sepia and Blue Type 100 film (peel-apart) only sold by Impossible, de Wilde captured the creative atmosphere of The Decemberists' recording sessions. The outcome - a combination of de Wilde's unmatched style with the unique characteristics of the Polaroid film - is a breathtaking and inspiring celebration of music and analog instant photography. Every one of the 2,500 limited edition The King is Dead box sets will be unique, with each containing a one-of-a-kind original Polaroid photo.
On Wednesday 26th January Impossible launched the exhibition of 50 of these one-of-a-kind photos, hand-selected by Autumn, taking place at the Impossible NYC gallery/retail space. The original images were put on display, not reprints, but the actual photos as they came from Autumn's vintage Polaroid camera.
The King is Dead is out now on Capitol Records.