PHOTOGRAPHER and author Rhiannon Adam has been announced as the new "takeover" artist at the Francesca Maffeo Gallery in Leigh.

In an event to mark the occasion, Rhiannon will be launching her new book - Polaroid: The Missing Manual at the gallery - as well as holding a Polaroid workshop.

Polaroid: The Missing Manual contains a mixture of brief histories of the development of the Polaroid brand, instant photography, camera guides (buying guides, user guides, troubleshooting) and a large number of creative techniques and how-to guides that feature experimental Polaroid work by Rhiannon herself.

It also features some of her favourite instant photographers, all told over the course of 240 pages.

Founder and director of the gallery, Francesca Genovese-Wheeler, said: "The workshop will take all participants through the basics of Polaroid cameras and films, from vintage cameras of the 60s and 70s through to the most modern analogue/digital hybrids, before moving on to demonstrate some of the myriad possibilities of creative manipulation.

"Attendees will have the opportunity to dismantle the Polaroid film sheet to create a one-off piece of art and will leave with the knowledge and confidence to take their experiments further. It's equally suitable for the novice or experienced Polaroid aficionado.

"All materials will be provided and participants will not need to bring along anything other than themselves!"

Rhiannon Adam was born in Cork, Ireland and currently lives and works in London.

She was educated at Central Saint Martins college of Art and Design in London and at the University of Cambridge.

Rhiannon's work is "primarily concerned with myth, nostalgia and the passage of time".

She regularly undertakes long form projects, the results of which are "often captured through the hazy abstraction of degrading instant film materials and other analogue processes".

Her first book, Dreamlands Wastelands, was published by Jane and Jeremy in 2014.

As well as her own work, she also publishes photography books under the name Lost Cat. The first title, Kevin Griffin's Omey Island: Last Man Standing was released in 2013. Rhiannon also curates exhibitions, and collaborates with artists wishing to develop their projects for exhibition.

In 2015, she spent three months on Pitcairn Island, creating a documentary photography project and Radio 4 programme, available on BBC iPlayer.

The book launch and workshop event takes place at the gallery in Leigh Road, on Saturday December 2, from 1pm until 5pm.

Tickets are available for £20 from Eventbrite.

Ticket holders will also be able to purchase signed copies of Polaroid: The Missing Manual at a discounted price of £14.95 (RRP £19.95).

Rhiannon's book, Polaroid: The Missing Manual, The Complete Creative Guide, published by Thames and Hudson was released in October 2017.

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