PolaCon Bay Area | Instant Film Society

PolaCon Bay Area

March 11-13, 2022

Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/polacon-bay-area-2022-tickets-224830142007

The world's first (and only?) three-day instant film conference returns to the Bay Area in March 2022!

For the uninitiated, read this excellent, comprehensive recap of Polacon 2017: http://prymeeditions.com/blog/polacon-2017-recap

Or this one from 2018: https://orangephotography.com/polacon-2018-an-instant.../ And here’s a fantastic, thorough recap of the very first PolaCon: http://www.thedentonite.com/blog/polacon-one-denton-texas

Tickets are available now at the Eventbrite link! To help offset the required resources necessary to put on PolaCon, we are asking for a suggested donation of $5 for tickets, however feel free to share as little or as much as you would like.

For PolaConBayArea, we’ll feature more than 20 instant photography-related events from workshops, demos and sessions (from cyanotype demos to FP negative bleaching to a loft/transfer demo to “Instax in a 4x5” to instant 8x10s and more) with guest speakers and photographers to Saturday’s Zines & Things Swap Meet (bring your photography zines, small prints or other photo-related art to show, share, swap or sell) to an instant film exhibition, as well as film- and camera-specific meet-ups and demos – in addition to four unique PolaWalks in distinctive, picturesque areas led by IFS members from across the U.S.

Highlighted walks include Friday’s sure-to-be unforgettable Neon-at-Night Chinatown PolaWalk through San Francisco’s historic Chinatown, which is the oldest in North America. Saturday morning’s Mission District Murals PolaWalk – the area is a vibrant must-see stop when visiting the Bay Area. Oh, and there’s Sunday’s San Francisco Bay Ferry ride over to Oakland for a Photowalk lead by the East Bay Photo Collective (EBPCO).

Friday 3/11:

All-Day - Stop by Glass Key Photo* to stock up on film

6pm - Meet & Greet at Geary Club

8pm - Nighttime Neon Polawalk through Chinatown

*Check them out here: glasskeyphoto.com

and on IG: @glasskeyphoto

Saturday 3/12:

9am-11am - Mural PolaWalk through Mission District

12pm-6pm - Thee Parkside** (Full afternoon of networking, Zine swaps, and discussions, including 8x10 demos, cyanotype demos, an update from the 1212 Project, and MORE!)

7pm-? - Post-Parkside Party (details TBD)

**Thee Parkside 1600 17th St, San Francisco, CA 94107 (Visit theeparkside.com for more info on the venue.)

Sunday 3/13:

1pm: Oakland Chinatown PolaWalk

we will take the ferry from San Francisco to Oaklands' Jack London Square. We'll walk from the Oakland Ferry Terminal in a loop through Chinatown and end up at Nido's Backyard. You’ll see murals and shops and beautiful old-school buildings along the way.

There are two options for you to choose from for the starting point on this walk!

OPTION A: Meet at the San Francisco Ferry Bldg at 1:15 to board the ferry to Oakland.

OPTION B: Meet at the Oakland Ferry Terminal at 1:50

This'll be a joint photo walk with the East Bay Photo Collective.

Check them out here: https://www.ebpco.org

And on IG: @eastbayphotocollective

COVID-19 Information: All of the venues hosting PolaCon Bay Area events require proof of vaccination and face masks, so please be prepared in order to fully participate with PolaCon events.

Legal mumbo jumbo: Each attendee is responsible for their own actions and behavior to, from and during any talk by a featured photographer, polawalk or meet-up, and attendees waive their right to sue any IFS member or any host of these free events, sessions, meet-ups or walks. The Instant Film Society does not accept responsibility and expressly excludes liability to the fullest extent permitted by law for: Any injuries or accidents that occur during the events, walks, talks or meet-ups or loss or damage to any personal property left unattended during an event organized by IFS. Also, be advised that this event and related activities may be photographed and recorded to document the event. By attending you agree to allow your likeness to be used for any legitimate purpose by the event organizers.