The Camera Life.

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.

The early daguerreotype cameras required long exposure times, which in 1839 could be from 5 to 30 minutes. The Giroux daguerreotype camera, the first to be commercially produced, featured a double-box design with a landscape-type lens.
This image is one of the earliest photographs taken by William Henry Fox Talbot. His experiments in the 1830s resulted in the development of the paper photographic negative and print. This is one of the first mentions of stepping out of the camera obscura box.
This is a Glass plate Camera, the glass-backed plates were used rather than film, because they do not shrink or deform in going between wet and dry condition. This is said to have been used since the 1850’s and became increasingly scares around the 1980’s.
Introduced in 1913 as an inexpensive single-lens field camera, this camera was popular with U.S. Army cameramen during World War I. 3D films have existed in some form since 1915, but had been largely referred to a niche in the motion picture industry because of the costly hardware and processes required to produce and display a 3D film.
Folding cameras dominated camera design from 1900 to 1945. In the early 1930s, manufacturers developed the strobe flash, making night and low-light photography easier. The typical amateur camera of the 1930s was a folding 6x9 camera for either the 120 or 620 film size.
Instant cameras were found to be useful for purposes such as ID cards, passport photos, ultrasound photos, and other uses which required an instant photo. They were also used by police officers and fire investigators because of their ability to create an unalterable instant photo, the earliest known Instant camera was pre 1963.
The Micro-Camera; claimed to have been used by police in the 1940's and 50's as spy cameras. The camera was designed to fit into a cigarette wrapper and hundreds where sold to police departments and detective bureaus.
Shown here are several different types of camera equipment, this type of equipment now particularly for professional photographers with studios or travelling studios. We still see mostly film cameras here.
Another image of several types of film cameras along with motion film and lens attachments. The first digital camera wasn't produced until roughly 1973 within the Kodak Company.
These cameras look a little more familiar presenting themselves in a more modern form. The digital camera, now available in the 21st century with upgrades every couple of months.
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