“I am going to make a name for myself. If I fail, you will never hear of me again." Edward Muggeridge I love writing about great photographers. I'm sure there are some exceptions, but in general they tend to be among the oddest and most interesting groups of people on the planet. I thought the [...]
Category Archives: History of Photography
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 [...]
The Rather Sad Story of the Father of American Photography It's been a long time since I did a photography history article. I generally prefer the early days of photography. People just were, I don't know, more back then. There was more lying, backstabbing, more drama, and more originality. You name it; they did more [...]
It's been a while since I wrote a history article and two or three people seemed to like them. Since I'm one of those two or three people, and it's my blog, I figured it was about time to do another one. I've pretty much covered the development of early cameras and lenses so it's [...]
I had a fun surprise today. We were cleaning a couple of old Petzval lenses, getting them ready to show off at Imaging USA next week. One of our Darlot lens from circa 1870 or so gave us quite a surprise.