Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Photography Display

It is difficult to imagine a world without photography. We wouldn't have family photographs, movies, or a driver's license with our worst possible mug shot.

The ancient Chinese and Greeks used a camera obscura to form images via a tiny pinhole, but no one figured out how to save a permanent image until around 1816. Frenchman Nicephore Niepce combined the obscura with photosensitive paper to create the first permanent photograph.

The first photograph to contain a human was a photograph of the Boulevard du Temple in Paris taken by Louis-Jacques-Mande Daguerre in 1839. It was actually a busy street scene with people and horse-drawn carriages. However, since it took almost twenty minutes to take the photo, only one man standing still getting his boots shined actually made it into the finished photograph.

Come by the Al Harris Library on campus to take a look at the current display on photography. The display shows a few famous photographs, a timeline history of photography, and a plethora of books, CDs, and VHS tapes on almost every aspect of this subject. Also included is a scenario of what photography may be like in 2060.

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