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Politicians, Pork, and Photographers

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How the Government Accidentaly Created the Golden Age of American Photography   "Corn Along a River" Marion Post Wolcott, 1940. Library of Congress.   "Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself."  -- Mark Twain “Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing [...]

1839 and the Frenzy that Followed

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In our last article, we covered the invention of photography up until 1839 when Argo announced Daguerre's invention and spoke of his accomplishment to the French Academy of Sciences. By the middle of January, news of Daguerre's invention had spread around the world. The actual techniques used remained secret, however, as the French government had [...]

The Chemists, the Potter, and the Aristocrat: Imaging Before the Photograph

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Since I started my articles on the early development of photographic lenses, I've been wanting to write an article on the development of the first cameras. The early days are so much more fun to write about, back when photographic advances were about people rather than corporations. Many of the major players despised each other, [...]