"For more than 3 decades, the photographer Elsa Dorfman has been using one of the world's rarest cameras, a 20-inch-by-24-inch Polaroid. Although the camera is taller than Elsa and weighs as much as an @nfl linebacker, she has turned it into an instrument of warmth and intimacy, photographing everyone from Julia Child to Allen Ginsberg. But now, at 78, Elsa is preparing for retirement. In her eyes, the camera — one of only 5 originally made — is like an old friend. She can't imagine not seeing it every week. "I fell in love with it," she said. "It's hard to say why. It's like trying to describe why you fell in love with someone. You can list all the qualities, but you can't really say why." @gretchenertl photographed postcards featuring some of Elsa's Polaroids hanging on a door in her framing shop in Cambridge, Massachusetts. To see some of Elsa's portraits, visit the link in our profile." By nytimes on Instagram.
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