Today is world photography day. A day that celebrates August 19, 1839, when the French government bought the patent for the daguerreotype and released it “free to the world”.
Daguerreotypy, was the first publicly announced photographic process, and for nearly twenty years, it was the one most commonly used. It was invented by Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre and introduced worldwide in 1839.
The use of photographic film was pioneered by George Eastman, who started manufacturing paper film in 1885 before switching to celluloid in 1888-1889. His first camera, which he called the “Kodak,” was first offered for sale in 1888. It was a very simple box camera with a fixed-focus lens and single shutter speed, which along with its relatively low price appealed to the average consumer. The Kodak came pre-loaded with enough film for 100 exposures and needed to be sent back to the factory for processing and reloading when the roll was finished. By the end of the 19th century Eastman had expanded his lineup to several models including both box and folding cameras.
Now, in 2016 more than 350 billion pictures are taken worldwide every year. Using cell phones, Go pro’s, DSLR’s Mirrorless camera’s and compact camera’s. Technology had come a very long way and is developing faster dan ever.
As a photographer (and major gearslut) i’m very curious about next developments in technology and in ways to share photography.
Happy photo day!