Polaroid began with a simple question from a 3 year old girl, "Why can't I see it?" The "it" she was referring to was the photo her father had just taken of her. Her father just happened to be Dr. Edwin Land and 5 years later, in 1948, the first polaroid cameras hit the shelves. Within a decade it became a worldwide icon. Now nearly 70 years- and a digital phenomenon- later, instant photography remains a staple of contemporary photography. Read a little more about the genius behind Polaroid and why he is often compared to Steve Jobs, here .