For Jason Santa Maria, the soon-to-be-retired Polaroid represents the visual metaphor for a photograph:

That little picture window, framed in white with justthismuch more spacing on the bottom so you can hold it. The fucking thing was begging to be held, passed around, shared, pinned up, torn, and written on. It’s a triumphant visual institution. The humble visual of a Polaroid picture, practically synonymous with the idea of photography …

I get the feeling the icon of the Polaroid will stay with us as a culture for a good deal longer than others. It’s too perfect to fade quickly.