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“We think of photography as the intersection of science and art.” – Dr. Edwin H. Land

Dr. Edwin Herbert Land, the founder of Polaroid Corporation and the inventor of instant photography, is our Honorary Chancellor. Dr. Land once said ‘we think of photography as the intersection of science and art’. Before instant photography exists, photographers had to wait and develop negatives in order to view images taken. Yet in 1944, Dr. Land’s 3 year old daughter asked why she could not see at once the photo he had just taken of her. This inspired him to go into to laboratory and created a system of one-step photography. It uses the principle of diffusion transfer to reproduce the image recorded by the camera’s lens directly onto a photosensitive surface – which now functions as both film and photo.

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