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History of Photography

The Showman, the Sheriff, and the First Cameras

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Enter the Showman In my last article, we discussed the first image makers, up until the late 1820s when Niepce had actually been able to make images using a camera obscura and silver plates coated with Bitumen of Judea. On his way to England, Niepce had been introduced to a most interesting man, Louis Daguerre, […]

History of Photography

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, […]

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