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See Donna Trope’s NSFW Polaroids from Her Archive

Photographer Donna Trope feels a certain attachment to Polaroid photos. “They are the original selfie of the ‘me’ decades, they are instant gratification,” she explains. On first glance, her risque polaroid photography might come across as gratuitous; they are after all portraits of beautiful women in various states of undress.

However there is a challenging, subversive quality to the many photos she describes as “rejects.” “Only a few of these pictures are the actual finished image; the majority are the outtakes, the throwaways, the trash,” she explains to AnOther Magazine.

Nevertheless, it’s gilded trash, and the hyper-sexual projection of her subjects serves a higher purpose than visual gratification. Trope’s women are unafraid of our gaze; they stare back, challenging the lens and proving they are very much present and alive. That’s what makes them different, and that’s what makes them memorable.