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Photography History Interactive Timeline

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    Photography History Interactive Timeline

  • Wedgewood and Davy

    Wedgewood and Davy
    Experimented with light sensitive materials, sought to fix the image of a shadow cast on paper or leather that had been made sensitive by immersion in silver nitrate solution, attempted to capture images formed on a camera obscura and tried to copy paintings on glass by letting light pass through it onto light-sensitive paper.
  • Louisiana Purchase

    Louisiana Purchase
    830,000 square miles of land was purchased from Napoleon, the leader of France, by Thomas Jefferson.
  • The End of Slave Trade

    The End of Slave Trade
    Slaves could no longer be legally imported into America under Congress.
  • Nicephore Niecpe

    Nicephore Niecpe
    Created the first permanent image/oldest know to exist with camera. However, the image required 8 hours of light exposure and later faded
  • Trail of Tears

    Trail of Tears
    Thousands of Cherokees and other Indians were forcefully marched to Oklahoma territory under the supervision of the U.S. army. Thousands died from sickness and starvation along the way.
  • Henry Fox Talbot

    Henry Fox Talbot
    Presented the Calotype process, the first negative-positive process making possible the first multiple copies
  • Louis Daguerre

    Louis Daguerre
    Created the Daguerrotype, the first image that was fixed and didn't fade and needed under 30 min of light exposure
  • Clipper Ships

    Clipper Ships
    American boats, built during the 1840's in Boston, that were sleek and fast but inefficient in carrying a lot of cargo or passengers
  • Portraiture

    Portrait Photography was used to capture people either for nice images or for science. Most of the photographs the subject express hardly any emotions due to the amount it takes to take one photo.
  • Anna Atkins

    Anna Atkins
    Used photography for biology purposes and self-published her photograms in the first instalment of Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions
  • First Photographed War

    First Photographed War
    The first war photographed was the Mexican-American war and all the images were Daguerreotypes.
  • Women's Right Convention

    Women's Right Convention
    First meeting for women's rights, helped in long struggle for women to be equal to men
  • The Wet Collodion Process

    The Wet Collodion Process
    The wet collodion photographic process produced a glass negative and a beautifully detailed print.
  • Oscar Rejlander

    Oscar Rejlander
    Tableaux vivant era popular at the time and his works are the most known allegorical work.
  • Nadar

    Ran a successful commercial photographic studio in Paris, photographing and selling photographs of celebrities of his time.
  • Pony Express

    Pony Express
    A system of messengers on horseback established to carry mail across the United States.
  • Photography US Civil War

    Photography US Civil War
    The Civil War took place 1861-1865.
  • Cameristas

    This camera was used to take portraits of soldiers or in the field during the Civil War. The cameras were designed to take multiple photographs at one time.
  • Matthew Brady

    Matthew Brady
    Known as the best Civil War photographer.
  • Julia Maragaret Cameron

    Julia Maragaret Cameron
    Made portraits of everyday people taking inspiration from literature or uplifting biblical stories.
  • Compromise of 1877

    Compromise of 1877
    Following the Civil War the North took it upon themselves to Reconstruct the south. The compromise was to take the Union troops out of the south thus ending the Age of Reconstruction. This led America into the Gilded Age and also led to an end in the Republican party in the South for almost a hundred years.
  • Electricty

    Thomas Edison was able to produce reliable, long-lasting electric light bulbs.
  • Photography Grew

    Photography Grew
    Around the 1880's photography became apart of life. There were 60 photographic journals, 161 photographic societies worldwide and firms such as Underwood and Underwood were created almost 25 thousand stereoscopic images a day.
  • The Pencil of Nature

    The Pencil of Nature
    Henry Fox Talbot published a book of his photographs in six sections from 1844-1846. It was the first book using silver gelatin photographs