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VAULT Magazine
Released: September 10, 2012

During Fleet Week of 2010—that springtime ritual when thousands of young military servicepeople descend upon New York City—photographer Paul Solberg documented hundreds of soldiers, sailors and airmen in a series of intimate, haunting portraits. Using vintage Polaroid film, he aimed for an effect tinged with both timelessness and nostalgia; unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately), the film began to deteriorate soon after the images were taken. Albeit damaged, some could be saved and scanned, with the unplanned “accident” of their creation adding an extra visual frisson to the experience. Now, New York’s Casa de Costa gallery is showing them in an exhibition called “Service,” running through April 18th.

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