Polaroid I

”People exist in space”, says Arnold Newman, who brings together two major traditions in American photography: the studio portrait and the documentary photo. Yet he managed to create a self-portrait without himself in the picture. Arnold Newman used his studio's backdrop paper for the "self-portrait". Perhaps as a gimmick, perhaps because he was the self-rash-making person, who photographed all the other personalities. The picture is as Polaroid - and as such a unique print - but not dated.

Self-Portrait © Arnold Newman

Polaroid II

Arnold Newman was commissioned to do Edwin Herbert Land's portrait. Edwin Hebert Land (1909-1991) was founder of Polaroid and was posing with workers from the company on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Instant Photography about 1973. The picture is signed by Arnold Newman, but not dated.

Edwin Herbert Land © Arnold Newman

International Photography Hall of Fame & Museum writes: "Edwin Herbert Land was an American physicist and inventor credited with introducing the Polaroid Land Camera. Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, he entered Harvard University in 1926. While there, he became interested in polarized light (light oriented in a plane with respect to the source). He took a leave of absence from college and developed a new kind of polarizer, which he called Polaroid, by aligning and embedding crystals in a plastic sheet. Land returned to Harvard at the age of 19 but left again in his senior year to found a laboratory nearby. Joined by other young scientists, he applied the polarizing principle to light filters, optical devices, and motion picture processes. In 1937 the group became the Polaroid Corporation with Land as president and head of research. During World War II the corporation turned to military tasks, inventing infrared filters, dark-adaptation goggles, and target finders. In the late 1940s the Polaroid Corporation introduced the first model of its most successful product, the self-developing Polaroid Land camera; it also put out a microscope for viewing living cells in natural color. For his contributions to the fields of polarized light, photography, and color perception, Land received numerous awards and honorary degrees."

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