new york: lost ceremony

© adam marelli

adam marelli hasn't exactly taken a fast track to photography. after graduation from new york university, he sought out hands-on experience in japan, in the fields of building and zen meditation to further his understanding of sculpture and photography. he also postponed opening a studio until he completed his time with a master builder and zen monks. as a result marelli's works in photography, sculpture, and drawing explore the intersection of philosophy and craftsmanship. opening on thu - mar 7 [6pm-9pm] at the impossible project space in new york is lost ceremony - ghosts in the workshop, an exhibition of intimate polaroid portrait series that goes inside the legendary workshops of various traditional japanese craftsmen. 

in a surprising discovery, all of the craftsmen pictured owned polaroid cameras. they were excited to hear that the impossible project was undertaking the reverse engineering of film so that photographers could continue to enjoy instant analog film. sympathetic to the loss of the two major polaroid factories, the craftsmen agreed that faced with such an enormous gap in knowledge and machinery, the task of reconstructing instant film was commendable. the show is is part of the marelli’s multi-year study on the uncertain future of ancient traditions. location: 425 broadway, 4th floor [soho].

© adam marelli