An appreciation of Edwin Land’s genius and the beautiful, compact universe embodied in his Polaroid SX-70 instant camera | Joffrey Ballet Dancers | 1972

Above are pictures made with the first-generation SX-70 by LIFE photographer Co Rentmeester, who experimented with the camera — before it went on sale to the general public — while shooting the cover story on Land for the October 27, 1972, issue of the magazine. Ben Cosgrove | Time Magazine | Dec 2014