The unique tonality and spontaneous look of Polaroids have made them a popular photographic format for decades. Compiling hundreds of images by renowned artists from the Polaroid Corporation’s own collection and with all the warmth and nostalgia of a family album, this ode to the instant camera chronicles the experimental and innovative ways photographers have used the medium.

In existence for over 50 years, the Polaroid Corporation’s photography collection is the greatest portfolio of Polaroid images in the world. Begun by Polaroid founder Edwin Land and photographer Ansel Adams, the collection now includes images by hundreds of photographers throughout the world and contains important pieces by artists such as David Hockney, Helmut Newton, Jeanloup Sieff, and Robert Rauschenberg. The Polaroid Book, a survey of this remarkable collection, pays tribute to a medium that defies the digital age and remains a favorite among artists for its quirky look and instantly gratifying, one-of-a-kind images.

  • over 400 works from the Polaroid Collections
  • essay by Polaroid’s Barbara Hitchcock illuminating the beginnings and history of the collection
  • technical reference section featuring the various types of Polaroid cameras