Your Instagram Feed Is Jealous Of This Beautiful Book Of Polaroid Photos

by Erika W. Smith


Long before Instagram was invented, Amanda Marsalis was taking photos of her food.

An accomplished photographer who’s worked with Vogue, GQ and the Guardian — not to mention BUST — Amanda began taking Polaroid photos as a teenager, snapping mementos of her life. As she grew older and more successful and began to travel around the world for her work, her Polaroid photos grew more and more interesting — and more and more beautiful.


Now, Amanda has gathered a selection of photos from the past eight years in new book, “A Catalog Of Constant Motion.” With only 200 copies created, “A Catalog Of Constant Motion” uses a 4-color Risograph print to emulate the simplicity, impermanence and uniqueness of Polaroids: no two copies of the book are exactly the same.

In an interview with BUST, Amanda playfully quoted the “A Catalog Of Constant Motion” introduction to describe the collection of photos: “sunsets, palm trees, hotels, exquisite meals, enviable clothes, airports and beautiful men.”


“It is a sort of pre-Instagram,” she agrees when I suggest it, she but expands on the appeal of Polaroid photography over digital.

“They’re wonderful. Nothing looks like a Polaroid except a Polaroid,” Amanda says. “And it’s more interactive than the digital.”

Plus, the images are gorgeous as is — #nofilter needed, even if one were possible. Scroll down to see more images of “A Catalog Of Constant Motion” and check out the book at


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