As a major reference in Polaroid photography, Andreas Mahl is known for his experimental research that led him beyond the boundaries of classical technique. Primarily with the help of Polaroid SX70, the artist multiplies interventions through methods such as delaying development of the emulsion, manipulating the photographs sensitive layers, and superimpositions and transfers and thus alters reality beyond the simple act of shooting. His work combines mastery of chemical and scientific techniques and a marked poetic sensitivity.
Andreas Mahl was born in Germany in 1945. After training at the Fine Arts Academy in Stuttgart, he discovered photography first in a fashion and advertising agency then alongside the famous Professor Otto Steinert in Essen. He met and befriended Jacques Henri Lartigue in 1970 in London. Lartigue introduced Mahl into his private circle of photographers, who were in vogue at the time and included Brassaï and Man Ray. He joined Sipa Press in Paris in 1972 and encountered the Polaroid SX70 a few years later in 1977, allowing him to explore the many possibilities of the medium. In the 1980s, he worked with the original model of the large chamber Polaroid in Europe and produced unprecedented 50x60 formats. His photographs have been the subject of numerous exhibitions in France and abroad and are present in private and public collections such as the Centre Georges Pompidou, the Musée d’Art Moderne de la ville de Paris, the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, the Musée Nicéphore Niepce, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Munich Museum of Photography, the Elton John Art Collection, and numerous polaroid collections in Boston, Lausanne, Vienna, and other cities.