Essay about History of Photography

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Since its inception, photography has been used to capture moments in time all around the world. This wonderful technology has existed since ancient times, and has only improved in recent history, changing society in the process.

While we think of photography as a fairly modern invention, that is simply not true. In fact, there are documents on the underlying principle behind photography dating back to as early as the Fifth Century, B.C. The first recorded instance of a photographic image was found in 5th Century China. During that time, Chinese philosopher and scholar Mo-Ti described how light passing through a pinhole into a dark room created an inverted, full color image on the opposite wall. Mo-Ti the room he used to produce this phenomenon his “Collecting Place,” or “Locked Treasure Room,” referencing the fact that it collects an image, and must sealed off from light in order to function. This device will later come to be known as the “camera obscura” (latin for “dark room” due to In Greece in the 4th Century B.C., Aristotle used the same principle to view a partial solar eclipse projected onto the ground using a sieve. Later in the 10th Century, Scholar Abu Ali al-Hasan Ibn al-Haitham (referred to as Alhazen for brevity’s sake) fully described the underlying principles, including multiple experiments involving five lanterns outside a darkened, pinholed room. The technology used further improved in the 16th century, when a convex lens was added to improve image…