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A type of photography where light is used in combination with special paper to create instant photographs. The Polaroid camera was invented by Edwin H. Land, who studied synthetic polarizers. In the 1940’s, at the behest of his 3-year old daughter, Land industrialized a way to instantly develop a picture. The first Polaroid camera, known as the Land Camera, was put on the market beginning in 1948.

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"Pulling an instant photograph from the Polaroid OneStep, January 1, 2004" by Marina Montoya is licensed under CC BY.

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