The forerunner to the photographic camera was the camera obscura; light from a real object enters a dark room or box through a small hole, and an inverted image of the object is created on the opposite wall resulting in an image. We've come a long way since the camera obscura, technology is so advanced now we see a new version every year, sometimes twice a year. Cameras were mostly used for documentation, journalism for the Civil War, and in the 1800’s portraits became affordable for both the wealthy and the working class. The images chosen for this exhibition demonstrate the progression of the camera from the 1800’s through to the 21st century, as well as the several types of cameras, and their uses as they have progressed with time. Today we have the ability to buy a state of the art camera, and instantly become a photographer. We have the tools and technology to become our own professional photographer now, these inventions paved the way for the type of photography we enjoy and utilize to our advantage today.