History of Photography

When we ponder about photography it takes us decades and centuries behind. After a century when photography became a famous fact, the specializes and experts took care of photography in a more qualified manner. Yet, in the recent trends photography is not necessarily done by Lunamik professionals to click good images, thanks to the digital camera that has helped to click stills independently and that too with a specialized result. Initially photography started in 1820s which was the period when the first photographs were permanently captured which was possible because of scientific advancements.

Scientist-Albertus Magnus and Georges Fabricius in the 13th and 16th century revealed silver chloride and silver nitrates respectively that were responsive to light. In the recent times, silver chlorate is used to make photographic paper as it is responsive to photons and exposes a suppressed picture initially and after photo reduction the actual film is developed.

In the year 1825, a French inventor, Nicephore Niepce, discovered the first photograph, an image was clicked in ancient adaptation of camera, which was a long and a difficult method and took almost eight hours of exposure to direct sunlight, to develop into a true picture. Later on, the silver compounds, like those invented by Magnus and Fabricus, were used by Niepce along with the experiment of Johann Heinrich Schultz, in 1972, which verified that a amalgamation of chalk and silver compounds become darker on exposure to sunlight which helped Niepce to be successful in his invention of photography. This discovery has led to a successful photography which is being practiced till date.

Louis Daguerre and Niepce worked together and brought the photo reduction process in the year 1883, after which Niepce died of a severe heart attack leaving the whole work on Daguerre’s responsibility who further made two main discoveries in the field of photography called Daguerreotype. Similar to daguerreotype, in 1832 a French-Brazilian painter along with the great inventor Hercules Florence came out with Photographie, now popularlwell known as Photography. This is almost like Polaroid photos that are used today.

In the year 1840, Fox Talbot took a huge leap and developed photography which was further developed by an astronomer, John Hershel. Then came George Eastman who refined Talbot’s advancement and development, George Eastman’s expansion is used in today’s chemical cameras’. Hippolyte Bayard also had a major contribution in rising photography, but due to his late declarartion does not share the credit to photography.

The daguerreotype gained a lot of popularity in the whole industrial development, as the people demanded photographs for themselves. Photographs became highly well-known and most needed, but due to the limitation of daguerreotype like these photos were hard to copy and were quiet delicate, George Eastman helped it out, in 1884, by using dry gel on paper. This became an easy and affordable way of photography. In the year 1888, Kodak camera arrived in the market which was released by Eastman with the slogan “You push the button, we do the rest”. This was a major progress which attracted the entire market, and with Kodak Brownie, in 1909, even a layman could capture pictures for you. Presently, the recent inventions has familiarized digital photography, but now what you enjoy the most of photography, which is the sincere efforts and hard work of brilliant scientists in the past.

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