Category Archives: History of Photography

Cotton. Sidney Cotton.

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"He caused a lot of trouble over here, you know."  A librarian at the Royal Aeronautical Society, when asked for references on Sydney Cotton. It's been a while since I did a history article. I love writing about the true "characters" of photography, and to be honest, I hadn't stumbled across anyone that really interested [...]

And Edgerton Said, "Let There Be Light."

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The more I learn about the history of photography, the more I come to realize that just about every important advancement since 1850 has its roots in photography. The 8 hour workday, paid vacations, and employee stock options? A photography manufacturer started them. Telegraph? A photographer invented it. Synthetic cloth was just an offshoots of photographic [...]