New Photography Convention
Celebrates Instant Film

The world's first instant film convention will be held this weekend in Dallas and Denton.

Instant Film

Smartphones are kind of like photo mausoleums. Well, at least the camera part. 

We take photos by the dozens, OK, probably hundreds, but what happens to them?

The best ones are posted to social media accounts for all to see, but the rest just clog up the storage on our phones or remain as a digital file suspended forever in time on our cloud accounts. 

This weekend’s PolaCon 2016, which has programming both in Dallas and Denton, will celebrate photos of the tangible kind. 

It’s billed as the world’s first instant film convention and grew out of the popularity of North Texas PolaWalks, according to D Magazine.

The event’s offerings range from a workshop titled, “Scanning, Printing, and Enlarging your Polaroids,” to pop-up galleries and photo booths. Of course, there’s also the State Fair PolaWalk, which invites participants to grab their instant film cameras to embark on a photographic journey from Deep Ellum to Fair Park.

“We tried to make the programming so that if someone wants structure, there’s structure and if they just want to hang out and take pictures, they can do that, too,” Daniel Rodrigue, one of the convention’s founders, told D Magazine.

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