Polaroid Test Image #7 by Denise Tarantino for Dah Len Studios c.1990



This is an original test Polaroid image. In the pre-digital age, a Polaroid test image would verify that the model, product, and lighting would translate well on film. The studio needed to ensure that everything would translate correctly before the expense of shooting on film. Framed in a new matte black frame, this piece retains its original finish.

  • CREATOR Denise Tarantino for Dah Len Studios.
  • MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES Photography Paper, Polaroid, Wood, Glass.
  • CONDITION Excellent.
  • DIMENSIONS H 6.5 in. W 6.5 in. D 1 in.


Dah Len, a Taiwanese fashion photographer, was in high demand, and the images created at the studio were used for high-end fashion editorials, fashion magazine ads, clothing catalogs, album covers, and pop culture publicity. The client list included publications and high end brands: Vanity Fair, W, New York Times, Interview, Details, Giorgio Armani, Kenneth Cole, Sean John, Charles Jourdan, L'oreal, MAC, Redken, and Matrix. It was commonplace to have celebrities at the studio-Madonna, Lenny Kravitz and Prince to name a few.

This piece is part of collection of Polaroid images that truly holds a place in fashion photography history. The outtakes are specific to an era of photographic processes no longer in play. "My time directing fashion shoots at Dah Len Studios, located in New York's trendy Meat Packing District, continues to fuel my love for Polaroid photography to this day."-Denise Tarantino, fine art Photographer.


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