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History and Photography

  • Camera Obscura

    Camera Obscura
    The box form of camera obscura invented by a German author Johann Zahn.
  • First Images Using Silver Nitrate

    First Images Using Silver Nitrate
    Thomas Wedgwood and Humphrey Davy experiment with such chemical as silver nitrate to produce an image on a glass surface. Silver nitrate becomes the key component of darkroom photography, but Wedgwood and Davy are unable to fix an image and prevent it from darkening when exposed to light.
  • The First Confirmed Sighting of Mainland Antarctica

    The First Confirmed Sighting of Mainland Antarctica
    A Russian explorer Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen becomes the first person to see the Antarctic continent.
  • The Oldest Photo

    The Oldest Photo
    Joseph Nicephore Niepce creates the first surviving photograph in 1826.
  • "Latticed Window"

    "Latticed Window"
    An English inventor Henry Fox Talbot creates the world’s earliest surviving negative by taking a photo of a window at Lacock Abbey.
  • "View of the Boulevard du Temple"

    "View of the Boulevard du Temple"
    Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre takes an image called of what is believed to be the first image of a man.
  • The Calotype

    The Calotype
    An English scientist and inventor introduces calotype process, which involved producing a picture by coating paper with silver iodine.
  • "Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions"

    "Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions"
    Anna Atkins publishes her book "Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions", which is considered to be the first photographic book.
  • "Pencil of Nature"

    "Pencil of Nature"
    Henry Fox Talbot publishes a photography book using silver gelatin photographs.
  • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave"

    Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave"
    African-American orator and abolitionist Frederick Douglass publishes "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave".
  • Studio Portraiture

    Studio Portraiture
    African-American photographer Augustus Washington creates a studio portrait of an abolitionist John Brown with added props and background.
  • Mexican-American War

    Mexican-American War
    Mexican-American War begins due to the westward expansion of the United States and the annexation of Texas.
  • Sewing Machine is Invented

    Sewing Machine is Invented
    An American inventor Elias Howe patents the first practical sewing machine.
  • Seneca Falls Convention

    Seneca Falls Convention
    The first women's rights convention takes place in Seneca Falls, New York.
  • The Great Exhibiton

    The Great Exhibiton
    The first international exhibition takes place in London.
  • Wet-collodion process

    Wet-collodion process
    A British inventor creates a technique called wet-collodion process, which involved involved adding a soluble iodide to a solution of collodion (cellulose nitrate) and coating a glass plate with the mixture.
  • "Valley of the Shadow of Death"

    "Valley of the Shadow of Death"
    A British photographer Roger Fenton takes one of the first war photographs in Sevastopol during the Crimean War.
  • Lewis Carroll: Photographer

    Lewis Carroll: Photographer
    Carroll photographs Alice Liddell, a daughter of his acquaintances, as a beggar maid. New use of photography for fiction and fantasy.
  • Portrait of Abraham Lincoln

    Portrait of Abraham Lincoln
    A civil war photographer takes a photo of an American president Abraham Lincoln.
  • Gardner's Sketchbook

    Gardner's Sketchbook
    A Scottish photographer Alexander Gardner publishes his photographic sketchbook containing 100 photographs of the American civil war.
  • Silver Gelatin Process

    Silver Gelatin Process
    Richard Leach Maddox invents negative gelatin plates, thus coming up with a dry plate process that replaced wet plate process in the 1880s. The new technique involved mixing gelatin with bromide and silver nitrate.
  • Yellowstone National Park

    Yellowstone National Park
    Yellowstone National Park, the first national park in the US is established.
  • Transparent Film

    Transparent Film
    George Eastman introduces roll film on a flexible transparent base, which has remained the standard for film until the digital photography was invented.
  • The Eiffel Tower

    The Eiffel Tower
    The Eiffel Tower is inaugurated on March 31, 1889 thus becoming the tallest structure in the world.
  • First Sherlock Holmes Story

    First Sherlock Holmes Story
    Arthur Conan Doyle published the first Sherlock Holmes story in Strand Magazine.
  • The Discovery of Aspirin

    The Discovery of Aspirin
    In 1897 Felix Hoffmann, a German chemist, was searching for medicine to help relieve his father’s arthritis when he created acetylsalicylic acid commonly known as aspirin.
  • Photo-Secession

    Alfred Stieglitz founds a movement called photo-secession that promotes photography as a fine art.
  • Straight Photography

    Straight Photography
    Paul Strand introduces a new form of photography art called straight photography, that dealt with abstract forms and shapes in focus instead of being manipulated.