Dr. Land was Steve Jobs, before Steve Jobs …

Just some fun reading.

How the Polaroid Stormed the Photographic World – Smithsonian Magazine: I first saw the Polaroid SX-70—the one-step instant camera introduced in 1972 by the company’s co-founder, Dr. Edwin Land—in the spring of 1973, when the photographer Richard Avedon visited my wife and me on a small Greek island where we lived. Avedon was one of many artists, photographers and celebrities to whom Polaroid provided cameras and film, including Ansel Adams, Walker Evans and Walter Cronkite.

The 1972 Polaroid SX-70 Orientation Film: We all know Polaroid, but the inner workings of these cameras are mysterious. Check out the scenes revealing the simple electro-mechanical design that brought joy to many generations. This amazing short film was produced by Glen Fleck & David Olney for whom this film has been beautifully restored at Devious Design Studio.

History of the Polaroid SX-70 – Boing Boing: In 1972, Dr. Ediwn Land introduced the first one-step instant camera, the Polaroid SX-70. According to Charles and Ray Eames’ short promotional documentary about the camera, embedded below, the SX-70 was designed from the beginning to topple “barriers between the photographer and his subject.” It was, the Eames said, “a system of novelties.”

The Man Who Inspired Jobs – NYTimes.com: IN the memorials to Steven P. Jobs this week, Apple’s co-founder was compared with the world’s great inventor-entrepreneurs: Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Alexander Graham Bell. Yet virtually none of the obituaries mentioned the man Jobs himself considered his hero, the person on whose career he explicitly modeled his own: Edwin H. Land, the genius domus of Polaroid Corporation and inventor of instant photography.

Related links:
Feb. 21, 1947: ‘Take a Polaroid’ Enters the English Language