History of Photography

By magico0
  • Paper-making machine

    Paper-making machine
    Henry and Sealy Fourdrinier develop the papermaking machine. They started to industrialize the papermaking process aiding in future production speed and amounts.
  • Missouri Compromise

    Missouri Compromise
    Missouri admitted as a slave state but slavery is barred in rest of Louisiana Purchase north of 36°30' N. This was a large step towards abolition in the United States.
  • Mexico becomes a republic

    Mexico becomes a republic
    Three years after winning independence from Spain and battling the remnants of monarchy, the Mexican people established a republic. They have several conflicts with the US about boundaries due to this and manifest destiny.
  • First passenger-carrying railroad in England

    First passenger-carrying railroad in England
    This was a huge step in transportation and travel. Before this, items could be shipped but this revolutionized how people began to spread.
  • First Permanent Photo

    First Permanent Photo
    French inventor, Joseph Niépce, achieves first photo image, the view from his window at Le Gras. This helped lead to the development of the Daguerreotype helping revolutionize photography.
  • Slavery abolished in British Empire

    Slavery abolished in British Empire
    This freed more than 800,000 enslaved Africans in the Caribbean and South Africa as well as a small number in Canada. Setting an example towards equality within the western nations.
  • Daguerreotype released world wide

    Daguerreotype released world wide
    The Daguerreotype Camera was released by Louis Daguerre. This was the first publicly released camera. It allowed for a one of a kind image on a thin metal plate, generally silver.
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    First Opium War

    War broke out between Britain and China, over the importation of drugs into China. It resulted in a British victory and led to the first of what the chines would later call the unequal treaties.
  • First know self portrait

    First know self portrait
    Hippolyte Bayard claims he had invented a prior photographic process but gained no credit so he photographed himself as though he had committed suicide. This was the first evidence of self-portrait in photography.
  • Talbot patents the Calotype

    Talbot patents the Calotype
    William Henry Talbot patents the Calotype process, the first negative-positive process making possible the first multiple copies. Initially less popular but gained value due to being reproducible.
  • The cyanotype process was first introduced

    The cyanotype process was first introduced
    The cyanotype process, also known as the blueprint process, was introduced by John Herschel. This process allowed for direct exposure to sunlight and whatever was covered wouldn't turn blue.
  • Invention of the telegraph

    Invention of the telegraph
    Charles Wheatstone and William Cooke, in England, and Samuel Morse, in the United States, develop the electric telegraph (a forerunner of the telephone). This happened over the 1830s and 40s, this was a major revolution in communication, especially throughout physical limitations.
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    Mexican–American War

    The Mexican-American war broke out over land disputes and problems with manifest destiny. It was also generally considered the first photgraphed war.
  • Modern Spiritualist movement began

    Modern Spiritualist movement began
    The movement began when two teenaged sisters, Margaret, and Kate Fox, claimed that they had communicated with the ghost of a man murdered at the house years before their family moved in. This led to years of spiritualism and it also influenced photography.
  • California gold rush begins

    California gold rush begins
    The news of gold brought approximately 300,000 people to California from the rest of the United States and abroad. This majorly influenced distribution in the United States.
  • Wet-collodion process

    Wet-collodion process
    The collodion process was invented by Englishman Frederick Scott Archer. The process involved adding a soluble iodide to a solution of collodion (cellulose nitrate) and coating a glass plate with the mixture. This allowed for higher quality prints that could still be reproduced.
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    The Crimean War

    It was a military conflict in which the Russian Empire lost to an alliance of the Ottoman Empire, France, Britain and Sardinia.
  • Invention of panoramic camera

    Invention of panoramic camera
    The panoramic camera allowed for wider photographs rather than connecting several images together.
  • Carte-de-Viste

    Carte-de-Viste cameras allowed for multiple exposures on a single plate letting a model pose for several images. They gained popularity as a collectible. Also influenced motion in photography.
  • First color photograph

    First color photograph
    Scottish physicist James Clerk Maxwell produced the first color photograph in 1861. Although color photography didn't gain clout or popularity for a long time afterwards, eventually would overtake black and white or sepia photography.
  • Stereoscope

    Oliver Wendell Holmes invents stereoscope viewer. This allows for a new "3D" viewing of photos with a photo in each side. This was somewhat revolutionary in terms of realism in photography.
  • The Home of a Rebel Sharpshooter

    The Home of a Rebel Sharpshooter
    Photographed after the battle of Gettysburg” by Timothy O’Sullivan. Prominent for staged photography and as an early example of war photography. This is a unique example in staged photography.
  • Modern typewriter

    Modern typewriter
    Christopher Latham Sholes invents the modern typewriter and QWERTY keyboard. a major step in current writing and modernization.
  • Silver Gelatin Process -- dry plate

    Silver Gelatin Process -- dry plate
    This option of a dry plate replaced wet plate due to ease of use in the 1880s. Also responsible for film movies, in both black and white and eventually color. This is a major step in modernized film, it also allowed for the technology of the first snapshot cameras.
  • Photography of movement

    Photography of movement
    It continued to develop but steps like this were steps towards current videography.
  • Celluloid patent duels

    Celluloid patent duels
    Hannibal Goodwin was the first to start experimenting with celluloid in 1886 and later applied for a patent, Henry Reichenbach also began experimenting and won over the patent. This led to the experiments being held in one area and not necessarily the one who deserved the patent.
  • Kodak Camera

    Kodak Camera
    George Eastman released the Kodak camera, with the slogan you press the button, we do the rest. Opened up photography for the public. It was based off of the silver gelatin process. The Kodak was revolutionary in giving photography to the public, although only the wealthy and upper middle class could have one due to how expensive they were.
  • Oh No! the camera fiend

    Oh No! the camera fiend
    There were issues with perverts at the beach trying to take photos of swimwear clinging to bodies and other creepy stuff etc. This concern continued for several years, and current problems still occur today but are not generally considered a concern as it's so commonplace.
  • New Zealand becomes first country where women can vote.

    New Zealand becomes first country where women can vote.
    New Zealand became the first self-governing country in the world in which women had the right to vote in parliamentary elections. An important step towards gender equality.
  • First modern Olympic games

    First modern Olympic games
    It was held in Athens, Greece. It also led up to many more availabilities for a connection between countries.