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History of Photography

The Most Honored Photograph

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Photograph in public domain, this copy from Naval Aviation Museum   Doesn’t look like much, does it? But, depending upon your definition, this photograph, a team effort by 9 men, is the most honored picture in U. S. History. If you want to find out about it, read on. It’s an interesting tale about how […]

History of Photography

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 […]

History of Photography

From the Great Pyramid to Toy Trains: Early Flash Photography

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Urochordataphobia Whenever out-of-print books start arriving at Lensrentals, they know I’m about to write a history article. It happened again last week, and one of the young employees asked me, “why do you write these things?” I told them because I have urochordataphobia — I fear the example of the sea squirt. A young sea […]

History of Photography

The Most Interesting Photographer Ever Is…

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Twins, Actually. My mind is a bad neighborhood – I shouldn’t be left alone there after dark. So the other night I’m driving home home and there’s a truck in front of one of my neighbor’s houses, for this carpet cleaning service, Stanley Steemer. A truly normal person probably wouldn’t notice. A mildly disturbed person […]

History of Photography

Six Degrees of Charles Darwin, and Rejlander’s Last Laugh.

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Six Degrees of Charles Darwin Note: For those offended by such things, there is a small photograph reproduced below that has artistic nudity.  You’re probably familiar with the film-buff game, Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. If not, basically you name any individual who is associated with movies and you should be able to connect that […]

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