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The Polaroid Book

Hardcover, 5.5 x 7.7 in., 2.49 lb, 472 pages
US$ 20
The unique tones and spontaneity of Polaroids have made them a beloved photographic format for decades. Brimming with all the warmth and nostalgia of a family album, this ode to the instant camera presents hundreds of images from the Polaroid Corporation’s own collection. A chronicle of the experimental and innovative ways Polaroids have defied the digital age.

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Defining Moments

Shots from the world’s greatest collection of Polaroid images
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 some 23,000 images by hundreds of photographers throughout the world, including pieces by the likes of David Hockney, Andy Warhol, and Jeanloup Sieff.

The Polaroid Book dives into these archives, paying tribute to a medium that continues to defy the digital age. Like an oversized Polaroid film pack, this collection curates works by luminaries and unknowns alike, celebrating the boundless possibilities that develop inside the white borders of the original instant photograph.

  • more than 250 works from the Polaroid Collections
  • an essay by Polaroid’s Barbara Hitchcock on the beginnings of instant photography and the collection’s history
  • a chapter featuring the various types of Polaroid cameras
The author

Barbara Hitchcock is the director of cultural affairs for the Polaroid Corporation in Waltham, Massachusetts. She is responsible for acquiring artistic photographs for Polaroid and managing its traveling exhibitions and multi-million dollar art collections. She has curated several national exhibitions and currently collaborates with the Photography Collection Committee of the Harvard University Art Museums in Cambridge.

The editor

California-native Steve Crist's TASCHEN titles include André de Dienes's Marilyn, William Claxton's Steve McQueen, and The Polaroid Book.

The Polaroid Book
Hardcover, 5.5 x 7.7 in., 2.49 lb, 472 pages
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Customer reviews (4)

Polaroid and Fine Art?

Justin, November 07, 2021
Taschen's printing should be the standard of which all art books are judged. Beautifully presented and created.
"The Polaroid Book" showcases the instant gradification photography that was so popular in the 1970's and 80's. The images, including nudes, are showcased very well. It puzzles me why the random blank pages, and lack of any information about the photos on each page. There is an index of the artists at the back, if you want to search out more however.


Athanasios, October 29, 2021
Great collective review on polaroid pictures.

The Polaroid Book

Rohan, October 27, 2021
Gorgeous photography book of retro polaroids. A must have photography book!

Polaroid pictures

Faust, October 27, 2021
All about the Polaroid revolution. Cameras and film to make instant photo gratification. Many great photos and history. Well done.