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Photo of the Week #179

John Maggiotto

A large grid of 336 Polaroid prints showing me's faces, taken from TV. Mounted on a black background.

Men, The Notebook, 1984
336 SX-70 Polaroids on fabric covered wood board 
77 x 55 in 


February 7, 2022
"This piece was the culmination of my days using the Polaroid SX-70 camera to exclusively explore television media. Men, The Notebook, 1984 tried to capture the persona of manhood in idealized TV roles. Heroes, athletes, performers, soldiers and politicians all appear. Starting in 1976 I believed that the Polaroid SX-70 was the camera for my time, and television was definitely the medium."

John Maggiotto


John Maggiotto studied Art History and Studio Photography at SUNY Buffalo. From 1977 to 1980 he was part of Hallwalls, an alternative artists' collective in Buffalo, New York which served as an important early incubator for Pictures Generation artists. Maggiotto became the director of Hallwalls in 1979 and curated the show which Cindy Sherman credits as the first solo of her career. In 1983 Maggiotto moved to Los Angeles where he went on to exhibit his SX-70 Polaroid works at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, LA Institute for Contemporary Art, and the LA County Museum of Art.