Photography: The History and Everyday Use Essay

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“Art is not to be found by touring to Egypt, China, or Peru; if you cannot find it at your own door, you will never find it.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson . Although many might think that it is a waste of time and money, photography is a great hobby that people should try. However, even if someone has different opinions, they must consider that photography is steadily on its way to becoming a worldwide everyday use, and is already part of the American culture. Who has contributed to the making of the modern camera in earlier times? In ancient times, at approximately 5th century B.C., the beginning of the camera was the use of a camera obscura, Greek meaning “Dark room.” A camera obscura is a dark room that has a small hole in a wall or other…show more content…
However, in 1727, a professor by the name of J. Schulze made the first known photosensitive compound . J. Schulze mixed chalk, nitric acid, and silver in a flask, and then noticed how the mixture darkened on the side exposed to the most light, accidentally creating the first photographic compound. Later, in 1800, Thomas Wedgewood made what he called “sun pictures” by placing objects on a piece of leather treated with silver nitrate, which were the first photographs, although they faded and deteriorated if exposed to much light. In 1816, Nicéphore Niépce combined the photosensitive paper with the camera obscura, which after multiple tries and multiple years, created a permanent image on the paper. In 1834, Henry Fox Talbot created a permanent image using paper soaked in silver chloride and fixed with a salt solution, which was an image negative. Talbot could make a positive image by contact printing the image onto another sheet of paper . There were many advancements to the photosensitive paper, as it started to be explored by more and more scientists and other people. Who has contributed to the modern camera from the 1850’s to the present day? In more recent times, the ideas that were built together to become a camera were compounded more rapidly. In 1851, Frederick Scott Archer, who was a sculptor from London, improved

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