Category Archives: Photography

Smart Machines Rising

A number of this week’s milestones in the history of technology highlight the role of mechanical devices in automating work, augmenting human activities, and allowing many people to participate in previously highly-specialized endeavors—a process technology vendors like to call “democratization” … Continue reading

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19th Century Selfies: The Countess of Castiglione

The Metropolitan Museum: Virginia Oldoini (1837–1899), born to an aristocratic family from La Spezia, entered into an arranged and loveless marriage at age seventeen to Count Francesco Verasis di Castiglione. Widely considered to be the most beautiful woman of her … Continue reading

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Milestones in Tech History: Week of January 4, 2016

January 4, 1972 The HP-35 is introduced. The world’s first handheld-sized scientific calculator, ultimately made the slide rule, which had previously been used by generations of engineers and scientists, obsolete. Named for its 35 keys, it performed all the functions … Continue reading

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Sales of Analog and Digital Cameras 1933-2014

  92% of smartphone users worldwide say that the camera is the most used feature on their phones. Source: PetaPixel

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Selfie, 1920

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Launching Photography: The Pencil of Nature and the Mirror with Memory

Today in 1839, the Daguerreotype process was presented to the French Academy of Sciences by Francois Arago, a physicist and politician. Arago told the Academy that it was “…indispensable that the Government should compensate M. Daguerre, and that France should then nobly give to … Continue reading

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The Evolution of the Camera,1888-2013 (Infographic)

Source: Pop Chart Labs HT: Fast Company  

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First Photograph of a Solar Eclipse

Today in 1854, William and Frederick Langenheim made eight sequential photographs of the first total eclipse of the sun visible in North America since the invention of photography. Although six other daguerreotypists and one calotypist are known to have documented … Continue reading

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Moving Pictures by Phone

Today in 1924, AT&T demonstrated long distance telephotography, now known as fax, with the transmission of pictures over telephone wires between Cleveland and New York. Commercial service began in a handful of cities the following year. For many decades, telephotography … Continue reading

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First Photo Studio

Today in 1840, Alexander S. Wolcott and John Johnson opened the first commercial photography studio in New York.  Burton’s Gentleman’s Magazine described Wolcott as having “nearly revolutionized the whole process of Daguerre… [who] as is well known, could not succeed in taking … Continue reading

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