The History of Photography

The History of PhotographyPhotography is a medium that has changed the course of the world in a way that few if any ever have or will again.

The ability to record visual images of the evolution of human nature and the world around us has completely altered the way we think, act, and feel in many, many ways.

Photography has greatly evolved over the decades.

The roots of the word “photography” come from the Greek “photos” meaning light and “graph” meaning to draw or writing, and literally meant “drawing with light” in its original form.

The humble beginnings of the medium began way back in the early 1600’s when Angelo Salo discovered that powdered silver nitrate was blackened by the sun as was the paper it was wrapped in. His discovery was in the end disregarded as meaningless with no practical application.

After many years of trial and error with similar substances and processes another gentleman named Dageurre made some startling discoveries in the area of developing and exposure that proved to be the impetus behind the modern day photography that we enjoy today.

The discoveries and processes that these early pioneers found and exploited led to the development of the camera by George Eastman who was able to put the pieces together and find a way of taking the chemical process out of the hands of the “photographer” and allowing them to simply “press the button, and we do the rest” which became the slogan of the Kodak Brownie Camera in 1901.

The next major development in photography came into existence in 1957 when Russel Kirtch developed a binary digital version of an existing photograph and scanned a picture of his infant son into a digital version of a computer’s memory. This led to what we now know as digital photography.

Computers and digital photography have had a burgeoning relationship ever since and the popular sites on the web like Flickr, Picasa and Instagram are direct evidence of that relationship

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