Polaroid Sayings and Quotes

Before digital cameras and smartphones, the Polaroid instant photo reigned supreme. Once obsolete, the retro white framed, sometimes blurry snaps, are making a comeback. Below you’ll find a collection of insightful and humorous quotes about Polaroid.

Polaroid by its nature makes you frugal. You walk around with maybe two packs of film in your pocket. You have 20 shots, so each shot is a world.     

Patti Smith

Nobody should touch a Polaroid [camera] until he's over sixty     

Walker Evans

I'm definitely a Polaroid camera girl. For me, what I'm really excited about is bringing back the artistry and the nature of Polaroid.     

Lady Gaga

I still love taking pictures with Polaroid film. For me, it offers the most beautiful way of capturing reality and transferring it onto a flat piece of paper.     

Helena Christensen

Polaroid, you know, goes against everything that photography is now. You can't make multiples. Only one exists. I love that. By the way, while we've been talking I've now seen a total of three people I know walking on 8th street.     

Laurel Nakadate

Once I started working with the Polaroid, I would take a shot and if that shot was good, then I'd move the model and change the lighting or whatever... slowly sneaking up on what I wanted rather than having to predetermine what it was.     

Chuck Close

I'm a Polaroid developing in reverse.     

Tyler Knight

Artists freeze themselves into these weird postures that are meant to be impressive and involving, then they fling them out into the world like Polaroids, and then they move on. And I'm stuck in this intense relationship to the Polaroid.     

Jonathan Lethem

At the beginning, Edo was a photographer, and I was more of a talent scout and doing styling and modelling. Then all of a sudden, in 1977, he gave me a Polaroid camera, and I discovered that instead of having to go to a lab and develop the film, I could just take a click and get a picture! It was genius, and I was very good at manipulating it.     


[A Polaroid camera] places before you a thing that is more of the thing than the thing was.      

Edwin Land

Do kisses fade like Polaroid pictures if you don't pay attention to them?     

Ali Harris