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Polaroid ID camera in use, c 1980.

Polaroid ID camera in use, c 1980.
3 3 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 25cm


With the introduction of Polaroid's instant colour pictures in 1962, the photographer no longer had to send pictures off to a laboratory for procesing; he just pulled a tab at the end of the film, waited 50 seconds then peeled off the backing to reveal the full-coloured picture. One area where Polaroid cameras became particularly useful was in the taking of photographs for use in pasports or on identity cards.

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