Witho Worms (Dutch, b. 1979), “Niewiadom, Poland”; carbon print from the series Cette Montagne C’est Moi (This Mountain, That’s Me), 2006–. NYPL, Wallach Division, Photography Collection

 
 
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Lorna Bieber (American, b. 1949), “Stairs”; gelatin silver print from the series Babies, 1991. NYPL, Wallach Division, Photography Collection

 
 
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Robin Waart (Dutch, b. 1978), “Polaroid 637 AF Auto Focus, purple front and details (1999)”; dye diffusion transfer (Polaroid) print, from the 111-Polaroid picture series Untitled (Polaroidpolaroids), 2009–11. NYPL, Wallach Division, Photography Collection

 
 
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Robin Waart (Dutch, b. 1978), “Polaroid Supercolor 645, black, red-black line (1986–92)”; dye diffusion transfer (Polaroid) print, from the 111-Polaroid picture series Untitled (Polaroidpolaroids), 2009–11. NYPL, Wallach Division, Photography Collection

 
 
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Robin Waart (Dutch, b. 1978), “Polaroid EE33, without flash cube (1976–77)”; dye diffusion transfer (Polaroid) print, from the 111-Polaroid picture series Untitled (Polaroidpolaroids), 2009–11. NYPL, Wallach Division, Photography Collection

 
 
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Robin Waart (Dutch, b. 1978), “Polaroid Land Camera Automatic 103 (1965–67)”; dye diffusion transfer (Polaroid) print, from the 111-Polaroid picture series Untitled (Polaroidpolaroids), 2009–11. NYPL, Wallach Division, Photography Collection

 
 
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Robin Waart (Dutch, b. 1978), “Polaroid Land Camera 800 (‘The 800’) (1957–61)”; dye diffusion transfer (Polaroid) print, from the 111-Polaroid picture series Untitled (Polaroidpolaroids), 2009–11. NYPL, Wallach Division, Photography Collection

 
 
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Long fascinated by the multivalent meaning of the word “Polaroid” — camera, picture, process, brand — Robin Waart felt compelled to collect Polaroid cameras upon hearing that production of Polaroid film would end as of January 2009. Waart amassed 111 cameras, then stopped collecting and began taking pictures of them based upon the expiration date of his last package of original Polaroid film. The resulting project traces the development of the Polaroid camera from its appearance in 1948 to one of the final types produced, in 2004; the last Polaroid cameras were made in 2007. For Waart, the photographs document not only the evolution of Polaroid cameras into smaller, sleeker machines but also the ultimate disappearance of the cameras themselves — and thus of the pictures they produce. Robin Waart (Dutch, b. 1978), “Polaroid Land Camera Model 95 (1948–53)”; dye diffusion transfer (Polaroid) print, from the 111-Polaroid picture series Untitled (Polaroidpolaroids), 2009–11. NYPL, Wallach Division, Photography Collection

 
 
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Poster describing a fugitive slave named Bill. Schomburg Center, Photographs and Prints Division