In a world of smartphones and Snapchat it’s easy to forget that at the turn of the 20th century, “instantaneous” photography simply referred to the faster emulsions and shutter speeds that allowed one to stop motion.

Photography's perceived function at that point was largely based on memorialization and toy cameras were aggressively marketed towards children, as training devices for future memory­-work. Polaroid’s introduction to the mainstream started to displace these conventions by collapsing the production and consumption of photography into one action.

The definition of “instant photography" has certainly come a long way since then.  Now that images are being generated through electronic processes, the terms by which we relate to them have fundamentally changed. A new book by Peter Buse, The Camera Does the Rest , takes a deep dive into Polaroid’s corporate archives to reveal the company’s transformative influence on the photographic process.

Aren't those black and white photos create nostalgia? The photographs from the past is a powerful and authentic way to discover the lifestyle of our ancestors. And though the art and technology have come a long way, it is the history of photography that keeps our curious spirits high.

Whether you are a novice photographer or a selfie enthusiast, finding the historic connections of capturing timeless moments will definitely interest you.

Today, photography is one of the largest growing hobbies in the world. And with highly-calibrated hardware, taking quality photos from cameras, phones or tablets is even faster than the blink of an eye.

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Dedicated at the MIT Museum on August 13, 2015, and installed at the former Polaroid Corporation Laboratory in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 

Edwin H. Land (1909–1991) was the innovative inventor responsible for conceiving of and perfecting instant photography. Known simply as Polaroid, the system revolutionized traditional photography by compressing darkroom processes into an integrated film unit and producing a final photograph in the seconds following the click of a camera shutter. 

Polaroid, as a company that designs and builds some of the most iconic instant cameras and film in photographic history, is dead. The primary culprit was a too-slow adaptation to the digital age. But also to blame were bankruptcy proceedings and years-long legal battles that began in 2001 and weren’t sorted out until 2009—meaning Polaroid spent nearly a decade too distracted to make a serious effort to revitalize itself.

“We’re no longer this large vertical operating company that has factories making film and thousands of employees around the world,” Hardy said Thursday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. “We’re really curators of innovation.”

Polaroid used this year’s CES to showcase four new products that perfectly demonstrate that new mentality: The Cube, an entry-level action camera about the size of four casino dice stacked together and designed by Ammunition, a California-based firm headed up by former Apple designer Robert Brunner; the Zip, an inkless mobile printer that makes two-by-three inch, sticky-back prints of your smartphone snaps; the iZone, a tiny zoom camera that uses your cellphone as a viewfinder; and the Socialmatic, a rectangular, Android-powered smart camera with a built-in inkless printer that harkens back to Polaroid’s days of yore.

As I recall, my mother purchased a Model 95 and used it to take pictures of our young family. It was very exciting and convenient to see the image almost instantly after it was taken, compared to waiting several days or weeks to have film developed and printed. Over the years I owned and used several different later models of the camera. The technology was, of course, superceded by digital photography, but, like its larger cousin Kodak, Polaroid was slow to realize the extent of the disruption, and the final Polaroid "instant" film camera, the Polaroid One 600, was designed as late as 2004, before Polaroid Corporation folded in 2007.

Here is an early, and funny, commercial for the camera. Beneath that is film in which Land speaks about his portable camera in 1970 and his philosophy of instant imaging, which would occur after his death, after the invention of digital photography, and the incorporation of digital cameras into cell phones.

Apple founder Steve Jobs. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images "Like visiting a shrine," is how Steve Jobs described a meeting with Edwin Land.

The founder of Apple adored Land, the co-founder of Polaroid, a pioneer of instant photography that with its mix of innovation, aesthetics and focus on consumer utility was in many ways the Apple of its day. Land was not only "one of the great inventors of our time", according to Jobs.

Like Jobs, the adopted boy to whom he became a sort of father figure, Land was driven, sometimes to the point of obsession, a demanding taskmaster and occasionally difficult to deal with.

In a world of smartphones and Snapchat it’s easy to forget that at the turn of the 20th century, “instantaneous” photography simply referred to the faster emulsions and shutter speeds that allowed one to stop motion.

Photography's perceived function at that point was largely based on memorialization and toy cameras were aggressively marketed towards children, as training devices for future memory­-work. Polaroid’s introduction to the mainstream started to displace these conventions by collapsing the production and consumption of photography into one action.

The definition of “instant photography" has certainly come a long way since then.  Now that images are being generated through electronic processes, the terms by which we relate to them have fundamentally changed. A new book by Peter Buse, The Camera Does the Rest , takes a deep dive into Polaroid’s corporate archives to reveal the company’s transformative influence on the photographic process.

Aren't those black and white photos create nostalgia? The photographs from the past is a powerful and authentic way to discover the lifestyle of our ancestors. And though the art and technology have come a long way, it is the history of photography that keeps our curious spirits high.

Whether you are a novice photographer or a selfie enthusiast, finding the historic connections of capturing timeless moments will definitely interest you.

Today, photography is one of the largest growing hobbies in the world. And with highly-calibrated hardware, taking quality photos from cameras, phones or tablets is even faster than the blink of an eye.

To get the best possible experience using our website, we recommend that you upgrade to latest version of this browser or install another web browser. See our Browser Support/Compatibility page for supported browsers list.

Dedicated at the MIT Museum on August 13, 2015, and installed at the former Polaroid Corporation Laboratory in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 

Edwin H. Land (1909–1991) was the innovative inventor responsible for conceiving of and perfecting instant photography. Known simply as Polaroid, the system revolutionized traditional photography by compressing darkroom processes into an integrated film unit and producing a final photograph in the seconds following the click of a camera shutter. 

Polaroid, as a company that designs and builds some of the most iconic instant cameras and film in photographic history, is dead. The primary culprit was a too-slow adaptation to the digital age. But also to blame were bankruptcy proceedings and years-long legal battles that began in 2001 and weren’t sorted out until 2009—meaning Polaroid spent nearly a decade too distracted to make a serious effort to revitalize itself.

“We’re no longer this large vertical operating company that has factories making film and thousands of employees around the world,” Hardy said Thursday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. “We’re really curators of innovation.”

Polaroid used this year’s CES to showcase four new products that perfectly demonstrate that new mentality: The Cube, an entry-level action camera about the size of four casino dice stacked together and designed by Ammunition, a California-based firm headed up by former Apple designer Robert Brunner; the Zip, an inkless mobile printer that makes two-by-three inch, sticky-back prints of your smartphone snaps; the iZone, a tiny zoom camera that uses your cellphone as a viewfinder; and the Socialmatic, a rectangular, Android-powered smart camera with a built-in inkless printer that harkens back to Polaroid’s days of yore.

As I recall, my mother purchased a Model 95 and used it to take pictures of our young family. It was very exciting and convenient to see the image almost instantly after it was taken, compared to waiting several days or weeks to have film developed and printed. Over the years I owned and used several different later models of the camera. The technology was, of course, superceded by digital photography, but, like its larger cousin Kodak, Polaroid was slow to realize the extent of the disruption, and the final Polaroid "instant" film camera, the Polaroid One 600, was designed as late as 2004, before Polaroid Corporation folded in 2007.

Here is an early, and funny, commercial for the camera. Beneath that is film in which Land speaks about his portable camera in 1970 and his philosophy of instant imaging, which would occur after his death, after the invention of digital photography, and the incorporation of digital cameras into cell phones.

In a world of smartphones and Snapchat it’s easy to forget that at the turn of the 20th century, “instantaneous” photography simply referred to the faster emulsions and shutter speeds that allowed one to stop motion.

Photography's perceived function at that point was largely based on memorialization and toy cameras were aggressively marketed towards children, as training devices for future memory­-work. Polaroid’s introduction to the mainstream started to displace these conventions by collapsing the production and consumption of photography into one action.

The definition of “instant photography" has certainly come a long way since then.  Now that images are being generated through electronic processes, the terms by which we relate to them have fundamentally changed. A new book by Peter Buse, The Camera Does the Rest , takes a deep dive into Polaroid’s corporate archives to reveal the company’s transformative influence on the photographic process.

Aren't those black and white photos create nostalgia? The photographs from the past is a powerful and authentic way to discover the lifestyle of our ancestors. And though the art and technology have come a long way, it is the history of photography that keeps our curious spirits high.

Whether you are a novice photographer or a selfie enthusiast, finding the historic connections of capturing timeless moments will definitely interest you.

Today, photography is one of the largest growing hobbies in the world. And with highly-calibrated hardware, taking quality photos from cameras, phones or tablets is even faster than the blink of an eye.

To get the best possible experience using our website, we recommend that you upgrade to latest version of this browser or install another web browser. See our Browser Support/Compatibility page for supported browsers list.

Dedicated at the MIT Museum on August 13, 2015, and installed at the former Polaroid Corporation Laboratory in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 

Edwin H. Land (1909–1991) was the innovative inventor responsible for conceiving of and perfecting instant photography. Known simply as Polaroid, the system revolutionized traditional photography by compressing darkroom processes into an integrated film unit and producing a final photograph in the seconds following the click of a camera shutter. 

Polaroid, as a company that designs and builds some of the most iconic instant cameras and film in photographic history, is dead. The primary culprit was a too-slow adaptation to the digital age. But also to blame were bankruptcy proceedings and years-long legal battles that began in 2001 and weren’t sorted out until 2009—meaning Polaroid spent nearly a decade too distracted to make a serious effort to revitalize itself.

“We’re no longer this large vertical operating company that has factories making film and thousands of employees around the world,” Hardy said Thursday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. “We’re really curators of innovation.”

Polaroid used this year’s CES to showcase four new products that perfectly demonstrate that new mentality: The Cube, an entry-level action camera about the size of four casino dice stacked together and designed by Ammunition, a California-based firm headed up by former Apple designer Robert Brunner; the Zip, an inkless mobile printer that makes two-by-three inch, sticky-back prints of your smartphone snaps; the iZone, a tiny zoom camera that uses your cellphone as a viewfinder; and the Socialmatic, a rectangular, Android-powered smart camera with a built-in inkless printer that harkens back to Polaroid’s days of yore.

In a world of smartphones and Snapchat it’s easy to forget that at the turn of the 20th century, “instantaneous” photography simply referred to the faster emulsions and shutter speeds that allowed one to stop motion.

Photography's perceived function at that point was largely based on memorialization and toy cameras were aggressively marketed towards children, as training devices for future memory­-work. Polaroid’s introduction to the mainstream started to displace these conventions by collapsing the production and consumption of photography into one action.

The definition of “instant photography" has certainly come a long way since then.  Now that images are being generated through electronic processes, the terms by which we relate to them have fundamentally changed. A new book by Peter Buse, The Camera Does the Rest , takes a deep dive into Polaroid’s corporate archives to reveal the company’s transformative influence on the photographic process.

In a world of smartphones and Snapchat it’s easy to forget that at the turn of the 20th century, “instantaneous” photography simply referred to the faster emulsions and shutter speeds that allowed one to stop motion.

Photography's perceived function at that point was largely based on memorialization and toy cameras were aggressively marketed towards children, as training devices for future memory­-work. Polaroid’s introduction to the mainstream started to displace these conventions by collapsing the production and consumption of photography into one action.

The definition of “instant photography" has certainly come a long way since then.  Now that images are being generated through electronic processes, the terms by which we relate to them have fundamentally changed. A new book by Peter Buse, The Camera Does the Rest , takes a deep dive into Polaroid’s corporate archives to reveal the company’s transformative influence on the photographic process.

Aren't those black and white photos create nostalgia? The photographs from the past is a powerful and authentic way to discover the lifestyle of our ancestors. And though the art and technology have come a long way, it is the history of photography that keeps our curious spirits high.

Whether you are a novice photographer or a selfie enthusiast, finding the historic connections of capturing timeless moments will definitely interest you.

Today, photography is one of the largest growing hobbies in the world. And with highly-calibrated hardware, taking quality photos from cameras, phones or tablets is even faster than the blink of an eye.

To get the best possible experience using our website, we recommend that you upgrade to latest version of this browser or install another web browser. See our Browser Support/Compatibility page for supported browsers list.

Dedicated at the MIT Museum on August 13, 2015, and installed at the former Polaroid Corporation Laboratory in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 

Edwin H. Land (1909–1991) was the innovative inventor responsible for conceiving of and perfecting instant photography. Known simply as Polaroid, the system revolutionized traditional photography by compressing darkroom processes into an integrated film unit and producing a final photograph in the seconds following the click of a camera shutter. 

In a world of smartphones and Snapchat it’s easy to forget that at the turn of the 20th century, “instantaneous” photography simply referred to the faster emulsions and shutter speeds that allowed one to stop motion.

Photography's perceived function at that point was largely based on memorialization and toy cameras were aggressively marketed towards children, as training devices for future memory­-work. Polaroid’s introduction to the mainstream started to displace these conventions by collapsing the production and consumption of photography into one action.

The definition of “instant photography" has certainly come a long way since then.  Now that images are being generated through electronic processes, the terms by which we relate to them have fundamentally changed. A new book by Peter Buse, The Camera Does the Rest , takes a deep dive into Polaroid’s corporate archives to reveal the company’s transformative influence on the photographic process.

Aren't those black and white photos create nostalgia? The photographs from the past is a powerful and authentic way to discover the lifestyle of our ancestors. And though the art and technology have come a long way, it is the history of photography that keeps our curious spirits high.

Whether you are a novice photographer or a selfie enthusiast, finding the historic connections of capturing timeless moments will definitely interest you.

Today, photography is one of the largest growing hobbies in the world. And with highly-calibrated hardware, taking quality photos from cameras, phones or tablets is even faster than the blink of an eye.

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