Camera: Not Your Grandmother’s Polaroid

Before cellphone cameras and Instagram, there was Polaroid. Says NPR: That funky-looking camera took hold as a social phenomenon nearly as quickly as the little, instant photographs they brought to life. For portrait photographer Elsa Dorfman, Polaroid has meant something more. For the past 25 years, from her studio in Cambridge, Mass., Dorfman has photographed thousands of intimate moments — from anonymous families to illustrious figures like Julia Child and Errol Morris. But if you’re thinking she uses those small, portable cameras most people know as Polaroids, you might be a little off-base. Hers is actually a specially designed, large-format 20-by-24-inch Polaroid, which is taller than she is.

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