The Appeal of The Peel

April 25, 2004

Perusing Walter Iooss Jr.'s Polaroids is a bit like leafing
through Picasso's sketchbooks, catching a rare glimpse of the
creative process in medias res. They are Iooss's rough drafts of
portraits he has done in the last seven years; he shoots them to
check his lighting and his setup, and he also shows them to his
subjects as a way of sharing his vision. "Instant gratification
is the appeal of the Polaroid," Iooss says. "In one minute I see
the finished product, and the subject gets a thrill, too."
Occasionally, the quick take surpasses the finished product, as
in his Polaroid of Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman (opposite
page). "The colors are soft, almost pastels, not as crisp or
sharp as regular film," Iooss says. "Everything came together in
that millisecond. I kept trying to replicate that shot with Troy,
asking him to move his hands or his legs, but you can never take
a picture twice. That's why the perfect Polaroid can be a
disaster." --Daniel G. Habib

TWENTY-ONE B/W PHOTOS: PHOTOGRAPHS BY WALTER IOOSS JR. COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPHS BY WALTER IOOSS JR.

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)