Saturday, January 17, 2015

History of early cameras and Dauguerreotypes

In class this week, Mrs. Quinet discussed the first types of cameras, daguerreotypes. As I mentioned in class, I saw a photography exhibit located in the Deutsches Museum in Munich. Here, they had a timeline of the development of the camera, from the earliest rough form until present day. The first cameras were based off the camera obscura, which was essentially a rough camera. It was a dark box with one hole in the side that casted a view of the outside on the opposite wall. The camera obscura flipped the imaged laterally and turned it upside down, which is similar to how cameras function today. As Mrs. Quinet mentioned, the daguerreotype, courtesy Louis Jacques Mande Daguerre and Joseph Niece, was revealed in France around the late 1830s. From there it took off, and other photographers around the world, primarily in Germany at this time, began using daguerreotypes and created their own papers and photographic methods. It wasn't until around 1890 that the first amateur cameras were on the market; however, photography was already thriving and shocking the world. Here, I included some photos from the photography exhibit. I would say go visit, but it's quite a far ways away; however, if you ever find yourself in Germany, it's a must see!

Camera Obscura


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