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A History of Photography Part 1: The Beginning. Photography.

A History of Photography Part 1: The Beginning

An art form invented in 1830s, becoming publicly recognised ten years later. Today, photography is the largest growing hobby in the world with the hardware alone creating a multi-billion dollar industry. Not everyone knows what Camera Obscura or even Shutter Speed is, nor have many heard of Henri Cartier-Bresson or even Annie Leibovitz. Today we take a step back and take a look at how this fascinating technique was created and developed, because proudly knowing the past is the primary way to create a great future. Before photography was created, people already knew the principles of how it eventually got to work. It is believed that Camera Obscura was invented around 13-14th centuries, however there is a manuscript by an Arabian scholar Hassan ibn Hassan dated 10th century that describes the principles on which camera obscura works and on which analogue photography is based today.

Still Life

Canon Canonet 28. Instant Photography. Paul Vanderbilt: Recombinant Iconographer. Curator, photographer, librarian, archivist, Monuments Man, teacher, philosopher, flaneur, iconographer—Paul Vanderbilt was all these things.

Paul Vanderbilt: Recombinant Iconographer

No matter what his specific role in life and work, primarily, and most distinctively, he was a proselytizer for “the notion of photography as an alternative ‘language.’” It was Paul’s talent as meta-librarian—organizing vast troves of visual material and then parsing the ideas and interpretations therein—that lead Roy Stryker of the Depression-era Farm Security Administration Historical Section (later the Office of War Information) to hire him to arrange and classify the Section’s photographic collection. When the largely uncharted collection of FSA-OWI photographs was transferred to the Library of Congress in 1944, Paul went with it as Curator of the newly formed Prints and Photographs Division. It was only toward the later part of his career that Paul became a photographer himself.

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BBC Radio 4 - In Our Time, The Invention of Photography. Konica C35. Spirit Photography. Dara Scully. Bio blog fb ig prints a child is playing.

Dara Scully

Atget / Biography & Images / Videos Books & Quotes. Can You Hear A Photo? See A Sound? Artist Adam Brown Thinks So : The Picture Show. Adam Brown's turntable Courtesy of Adam Brown hide caption itoggle caption Courtesy of Adam Brown Adam Brown's turntable Courtesy of Adam Brown Think of your favorite album.

Can You Hear A Photo? See A Sound? Artist Adam Brown Thinks So : The Picture Show

To Photograph Is To See. Photography: Access to Sightby George A.

To Photograph Is To See

Covington Most people see to photograph, I photograph to see. I was born legally blind with 20/400 vision in both eyes.

Medium Format

The Business of Photography. Darkroom. Kodak and the Rise of Amateur Photography. By far the most significant event in the history of amateur photography was the introduction of the Kodak #1 camera in 1888.

Kodak and the Rise of Amateur Photography

Invented and marketed by George Eastman (1854–1932), a former bank clerk from Rochester, New York, the Kodak was a simple box camera that came loaded with a 100-exposure roll of film.


Large Format. Abundant photography: the misleading metaphor of the image flood. “We’re exposed to an overload of images nowadays.”

Abundant photography: the misleading metaphor of the image flood

That was the impetus behind Erik Kessel’s 2011 “Photography in Abundance” installation, in which he printed off 1 million pictures to illustrate the number of daily uploads to Flickr. Kessels argues we confront a glut images on social media: Their content mingles public and private, with the very personal being openly and unselfconsciously displayed. Lost photographs from Scott of the Antarctic's doomed expedition. The world's weirdest photo albums. By any standards, Me TV is an odd photo book.

The world's weirdest photo albums

It comprises eight found snapshots of a middle-aged Chinese woman standing in front of her new television set. In each, her pose is identical, right down to way the little finger of her left hand rests on the TV cabinet. Save for the fact that she is wearing a different top in each photograph, they could be the same image reproduced eight times. Watch: The Greatest Photography Documentaries. My Favorite Dirt Roads by Robert Kinmont.


Technical. Family Photographs. Photographic Modernism. Inspirational Photographers. Colour. Photo-blogs. Street Photography. Rauschenberg's Rolleiflex. Best remembered for his silkscreen paintings and Coke bottle sculptures, Robert Rauschenberg deserves a closer look for his lesser-known photographs, a portfolio of which we present here.

Rauschenberg's Rolleiflex

Rarely without his trusty Rolleiflex camera, the proto-pop artist documented extraordinary moments throughout his life, from his student days at Black Mountain College with Merce Cunningham and John Cage, through travels to Rome and Venice with close friends including Cy Twombly, and at his Brooklyn Studio in the early 60s. Rauschenberg’s black and white images starkly convey a sense of spontaneity, with his subjects often caught on the fly, as illustrated in the shots of Twombly wandering around the relics at Rome’s Capitoline Museum, or Cunningham flexing his limbs in his New York rehearsal space. Robert Rauschenberg: Photographs 1949-1962 is released in early October. An installation of the work will be shown at Robert Rauschenberg Foundation from September 16 to October 3.


Children, Anon., from the personal collection of Terry Castle, Terry Castle. I've been collecting anonymous photographs for more than two decades now and probably own a thousand or so, in all kind of formats.

Children, Anon., from the personal collection of Terry Castle, Terry Castle

Nineteenth-century tintypes and cyanotypes, cabinet cards and cartes de visite, turn-of-the-century RPPCs (Real Photo Postcards), disaster pix, police mugshots and Bertillon cards, photo-booth strips, deaccessioned newspaper photos (especially ones with white crop marks), old prom photos, not to mention a recently acquired batch of ratty, Nan Goldin–style, 1970s Polaroids. Should I be in rehab? Lately I’ve managed to put a small part of my collection into serious, made-for-collectors-type albums—the organic kind, that is, with acid-free archival sleeves and glassine pockets. You can get them in the kale and beets section at Whole Foods. Hipstamonochrome #18. Heroes of photography. Deutsche Börse Photography prize show: mashups and moon walkers. Google Street View has recorded the world. The camera-toting vans have seen astonishing things, from mountain lions patrolling parking lots to armed holdups, elks running down the highway, accidents and murders.

Many of the images Street View has accidentally recorded have been sampled and published by the Canadian photographer Jon Rafman. Among his immense trawl of images are several of sex workers selling themselves at the roadside. I have seen some of these women myself: on sun-blasted Spanish roadsides and, once, on a Polish highway on the way to Treblinka. Mishka Henner, a Manchester-based Belgian photographer, has gone to the same source as Rafman for his No Man's Land, a series focusing on kerbside prostitution in Italy and southern Spain. John Davies on The British Landscape. In pictures: Fidel Castro and Che Guevara photos sold.

Martin Usborne. Scrapbook — Illuminating photography: From camera obscura to... Dan Holdsworth.

Photography and the Law

Photographer Diarists. Wittgenstein. Photo-Texts. Photo-Manipulation. 100 Ideas That Changed Photography. By Maria Popova From the camera obscura to the iPhone, or why photography is an art of continuous reinvention. Earlier this year, British publisher Laurence King brought us 100 Ideas That Changed Graphic Design, 100 Ideas That Changed Film, and 100 Ideas That Changed Architecture. Photography is the art of our time.

It has taken me a long time to see this, and you can laugh at me if you like. But here goes. Photography is the serious art of our time. It also happens to be the most accessible and democratic way of making art that has ever been invented.


Blind & Visually Impaired Photographers. German Photography. Remembering Bonni Benrubi, Curator of Images. Abelardo MorellBroadway, from a room at the Marriott Hotel. Camera obscura photograph. The magazine lost a friend and colleague last week when Bonni Benrubi, the founder and director of the Bonni Benrubi Gallery died on Thursday. Benrubi opened her gallery in 1987, at a time when photography was still claiming its place within the world of art collecting. She represented an amazing group of photographers, several of whom have had a close working relationship with the magazine over the past 25 years.

Benrubi had a special love for magazine photography and was as likely to be seduced by the storytelling in an image as by its visual beauty. Bonni had been battling cancer for two and a half years. Photography: is it art? For 180-years, people have been asking the question: is photography art? At an early meeting of the Photographic Society of London, established in 1853, one of the members complained that the new technique was "too literal to compete with works of art" because it was unable to "elevate the imagination". This conception of photography as a mechanical recording medium never fully died away.

Even by the 1960s and 70s, art photography – the idea that photographs could capture more than just surface appearances – was, in the words of the photographer Jeff Wall, a "photo ghetto" of niche galleries, aficionados and publications. But over the past few decades the question has been heard with ever decreasing frequency. When Andreas Gursky's photograph of a grey river Rhine under an equally colourless sky sold for a world record price of £2.7 million last year, the debate was effectively over. When Daguerre turned his camera on people rather than places the results were revelatory. Strand: Under the Dark Cloth. Moments of Reprieve: Representing Loss in Contemporary Photography at Visual Culture Blog by @MarcoBohr. Stalingrad: Damaged Photos Tell the Story of an Epic WWII Battle. It’s sometimes easy to forget one particular, elemental truth: We live in a physical world.

In a digital age — when so so much of what we see, hear and act upon is comprised wholly of incorporeal ones and zeroes — the physical world can sometimes seem insubstantial. Paradise Lost: Twisted Postcards From Dystopic Vacations. At first glance, Mary Lydecker’s colorful, kitsch postcards are seemingly innocuous, but look again and you’ll peer upon her world of dystopian leisure trips. Her collages conjoin dated postcards to create strip-malls in national parks, yachts below hydroelectric dams, sun-kissed beaches fed by glaciers and promenades overlooking oil refineries. Bibliophilia / Chema Madoz #Photography. New Topographics: photographs that find beauty in the banal. Mundane yet mesmeric ...


The best photography websites, publications and galleries. Seduced by Art: Photography Past and Present, National Gallery, WC2 - review - Visual Arts - Arts. Japanese Photography. Photodemocracy. Teaching Photography. We Hereby Declare the Death of Film Photography - Houston Arts. It's dead. For real this time. This week, the British Journal of Photography reported that Fujifilm -- who makes the wonderfully saturated and potent negative and slide films for 35 millimeter, medium-format and large-format cameras -- is raising the retail cost on all of its photographic film by double digits. This means that $7 to $8 for a roll of Pro 160S will now increase to at least $14 (and probably more). The increase goes into effect next month. Department of Records - Photo Gallery.


Clarence John Laughlin. Photos From Kodak's Picture Contests in the 1920s, '30s and '40s. Hidden Light: The Visual Language of an Autistic Photographer. Hello there! If you enjoy the content on Neurotribes, consider subscribing for future posts via email or RSS feed. Memento mori photography. The artist with the bad camera.

With what could accurately be described as the worst camera ever made, Miroslav Tichý (1926 – 2011) would take sneaky, surreptitious shots of women around his hometown of Kyjoy in the Czech Republic, capturing thousands of pictures between the 1960s and 1985 and conducting himself in a way that would most probably arouse police suspicion today. Indeed, Miroslav Tichý was often arrested for photographing unconsenting women at the local pool. Good Soldier Michals by Martin Filler.

Writing on Photography

Richard Mosse. New York professor installs camera in head. Man Ray: National Portrait Gallery stages first museum exhibition devoted to photographer's portraits. Jo Spence. Photojournalism. Chasing Light.