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History of Photography

The Heights and Depths of Nadar: TL;DR Version

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Nadar Rotating Portrait. Circa 1865, Bibliothèque Nationale de France   “He is a man of wit without a shadow of rationality . . . His life has been, still is, and always will be incoherent.”  Charles Philipon, describing Felix Tournachon. Photographers are the most fascinating people. I’m sure there are some that simply spent their life […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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