Iconic American inventor Edwin Land was making those awesome instant selfies ages before Instagram. How cool is that?
Edwin Land, who would have been 104 years old if he were alive today, has been the inspiration of generations of creative minds, most notably the equally iconic Steve Jobs. In the photo above, you can see the look of pride in his eyes as he shows off two of his creative handiwork: an instant photo of himself and the instant camera that took it.
The camera held by Dr. Land was the SX-70, a folding single lens reflex instant camera produced by the Polaroid Corporation from 1972-1981. It was also notable for being the company’s first motorized, and fully automatic camera.
Instants taken by the SX-70 were ejected automatically, and developed rapidly without leaving developing chemical residue on hands. During a company meeting in April 1972, Dr. Land unveiled the folded SX-70 from his coat pocket, and took five photos in ten seconds. All of these were simply impossible to do with the Land Camera models prior to the SX-70.
Oh, and by the way, belated happy birthday, Dr. Land!