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Photography 101A Brief History Of The Photograph

Photography 101a brief history of the photograph. In these modern times, cameras are everywhere. Whether it?s a tiny digital you keep in your pocket or a medium format monstrosity you use for a hobby, cameras have become an integral part of human life. With that in mind, let?s take a trip down memory lane and talk a bit about where modern photography came from and what it has meant to our civilization.

One of the most amazing things about photographs is how heavily we depend on them to record our history and tell our stories, considering the fact that chemical photography is a relatively new science. The first permanent photo was created as recently as 1825 using pewter plates and a substance called ?bitumen,? and later photographs were printed on glass. Paper didn?t actually become common until around 1888 thanks to the innovations of George Eastman.

In 1901, the Kodak Brownie camera was introduced to the public. This was the first time that photography was so easily accessible to the public in regards to cost and ease of use. It was during this time that film developing really took off as an industry. It is incredible to think that something …