Photo History Timeline Project

By leyvaj
  • Wedgewood and Davy

    Wedgewood and Davy
    Thomas Wedgewood and Sir Humphrey Davy, presented to the Royal Institution of Great Britain a stepping stone to the creating of photography. They presented a way to copy paintings or profiles on plates but they were unable to make these plates non-light sensitive and eventually they would go black.
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    War of 1812

    War between the United States and the United Kingdom.
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    Depression in United States and United Kingdom

    Following the War of 1812, both countries fell into a state of depression. Unemployment numbers skyrocketed, businesses went bankrupt, and there was a general sense of panic amongst the public.
  • Joseph Nicephore Niépce, Heliography

    Joseph Nicephore Niépce, Heliography
    Niépce created the world's oldest surviving product of a photographic process. He created a print using a photoengraved printing plate.
  • Industrial Revolution in France

    Industrial Revolution in France
    The industrial revolution was beginning to make a noticeable impact on the country of France.
  • Second French/July Revolution of 1830

    Second French/July Revolution of 1830
    This revolution led to the overthrow of King Charles X. Students, workers, & liberal politicians raided the streets of Paris. There were revolutionary barricades 15m tall that appeared. The troops proved ineffective during the 3 days of riots & demonstrations.
  • Latticed Window

    Latticed Window
    Henry Fox Talbot, who is thought to be one of the founders if not the founder of photography took an image of a window. Although, Talbot announced his process later than Daguerre, they ware both thought to have been working on different photographic processes at the same time. Fox-Talbot's process was called a Calotype.
  • Slavery Abolished in the British Empire

    Slavery Abolished in the British Empire
    On this day, slavery was abolished in the British Empire.
  • Boulevard du Temple

    Boulevard du Temple
    Daguerre created what is generally believed to be the first image of a human being in Paris.
  • Photography to USA

    Photography to USA
    Word of the invention of photography hit the United States.
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    First Opium War

    The First Opium War was between China and Britain. The war was eventually won by Britain forces.
  • Daguerre's Process Announced

    Daguerre's Process Announced
    Daguerre's process was announced. Printing an image on a silver plate that had been polished down to a mirror like surface.
  • Formula for making Daguerreotypes

    Formula for making Daguerreotypes
    The French Academy of Science held a special meeting to publicly disclose the formula for making daguerreotypes. The technique’s inventor, Louis Jacques-Mandé Daguerre, had sold his formula to the French government so that it could be made freely available to the public without patent restrictions.
  • Calotype Invention Patented

    Calotype Invention Patented
    Henry Fox-Talbot patented his intention of the photographic process, Calotype.
  • First Photo-Book

    First Photo-Book
    The world's first strictly photo-book was created by Anna Atkins. The book was titled, Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions.
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    Henry Talbot's, The Pencil of Nature

    Talbot published a book of his photographs at the time and released them in six different sections.
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    The Mexican-American War - First Photographed War

    War over land between Mexico and the United States lasted roughly 2 years and was won by the United States. This was the first war in history to be photographed.
  • Wet Collodion Process

    Wet Collodion Process
    The Wet Collodion Process was invented in 1851 by Frederick Scott Archer. The completion of this process could result in a glass negative and/or different types of prints.
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    Crimean War - First Conflict Photographs Mass Produced

    The war was the first conflict that produced many photographic images. The war was between Russia and an alliance made up of Ottoman, France, Britain and Sardinia. Russia lost after 2 and a half years at war.
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    Daguerrotype Production

    By the mid-1850s in the United States alone, approximately three million daguerreotypes were produced annually, representing a retail industry of seven and a half million dollars.
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    Second Opium War

    The Second Opium War was again between the Chinese, and this time both Britain and France. This war was again won by the British/French forces.
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    The United States Civil War

    This war between the North and South. It was a very deadly 4 year war.
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    Stereographic Camera

    Stereographic camera's were used during the Civil War to help make photographs more realistic. When images were looked at through a stereoscope, they were three-dimensional looking
  • "Camerista" during Civil War

    "Camerista" during Civil War
    There were cameras designed to take multiple images at a time. Soldiers would use these images to send home to their loved ones.
  • Telephone Invention

    Telephone Invention
    Alexander Graham Bell invented and patented the first working telephone.
  • Invention of the Light Bulb

    Invention of the Light Bulb
    Thomas Edison was able to produce a long-lasting electric light bulb.
  • George Eastman's Roll Holder

    George Eastman's Roll Holder
    George Eastman invented a roll of coated paper ready to have images captured on it, and a roll holder that could be on the back of the camera. This would allow the photographer to take a photograph without needing to replace the glass plate and reload paper. He released his idea at a London exhibit for new inventions where it won several awards.
  • First Kodak Camera

    First Kodak Camera
    In the summer of 1888 ad's began to pop up in the local newspaper as George Eastman had released his first Kodak camera to the public. A simple camera that essentially anyone could use.
  • Photo-Secession Movement

    Photo-Secession Movement
    The movement was started by Alfred Stieglitz and was created to help American photographers be able to artistically express themselves in exhibitions. You began to see a lot more photographers focused on form as opposed to atmosphere.
  • Paul Strand

    Paul Strand
    Strand was able to essentially pave the path for a new generation of photography as an art. He focused more on straight photography. The aesthetic became the aesthetic of the 20's.