The earliest methods involved adding colour to photographic images. In 1842, Benjamin Stevens and Lemuel Morse of Lowell, Massachusetts, were granted the first American patent for their method which involved painting the photo with gum or varnish and then painting over it. The two main methods used in the early years of colour photography were
In May 2012 a rare 1923 Leica was auctioned in Vienna. It’s one of the twenty five test versions made by Leica’s German optical engineer Oskar Barnack, produced to test the market for lightweight 35mm cameras. It sold for USD$2.8 million. Both the buyer and seller remain anonymous.
At the time of writing this (technology changes so quickly, doesn’t it?), the world’s smallest camera by volume is the Chobi Cam by Japanese manufacturer JTT. Measuring 0.98 x 0.98 x 1.02 inches. It rests comfortably on your finger and you have a choice of three lenses. Running a close second is the better known
I guess it depends where you were at the time. Here’s a list of sixteen contenders—I had to stop somewhere. I’m sure there are many more you’d like to add. Lunchtime Atop a Skyscraper by Charles C Ebbets in 1932. A bunch of building workers perched on a girder above New York. The photographer wasn’t
Most sepia photographs in your collection started out as black and white prints. Brown cardboard was commonly used as backing, and it’s a combination of leeching of the brown colour from the cardboard, and oxidation, that turned most photos of that era sepia. When I restore your photos, I return them to their original, true,
The first camera was the pinhole camera (or camera obscura), invented around 1000 AD by Alhazen (Ibn Al-Haytham). Around 330 BC, Aristotle observed that the image of the sun when shone through a square hole was circular. In a way, this was the first demonstration of a pinhole camera, though no-one realized the circular image
Because prints often damaged by oxidation, sunlight, or water, are difficult or impossible to remove from the glass without ruining them, photo restorers are often asked this question. A photo-restoration specialist can take a special high resolution scan of the print. We then work on the image to eliminate refraction caused by scanning through the
Sadly, we don’t know. The first military photographs are from the Mexican-American War (1846-1848) and were taken in 1847 by an unknown photographer. They were glass-plated daguerrotypes and the prints show amazing detail. In 1855, Roger Fenton, an Englishman, was assigned to shoot the Crimean War by publisher Thomas Agnew. In those days exposure times
When Philippe Kahn, a technology innovator and entrepreneur, took photos of his new-born daughter, Sophie, on June 11, 1997, the whole world knew about it. He wirelessly transmitted the photos he’d taken on his phone to a couple of thousand friends and associates around the world. Kahn’s cell phone transmission is the first known publicly-shared
Unfortunately, none of his photos survive, so the kudos goes to James Wallace Black and Samuel Archer King and the photo entitles, ‘Boston, as the Eagle and the Wild Goose See It.’ It was taken by on October 13, 1860, looking at Boston from a height of 630 metres (2,066 feet).
Louis Boutan, a marine biologist, was the first underwater photographer. His first successful picture was a self-portrait, taken in 1893 at a depth of fifty metres and wearing a full diving suit and helmet. Some of his early exposures took thirty minutes and the massive watertight camera case he developed required three men to lift
Not any more it seems. That’s unless you’re doing something edgy like skydiving. Once, during the early introduction of photography, many superstitious beliefs existed. The camera would steal your soul, or cause death. A tribe of Dakota Indians once believed that the soul would remain with the photograph after death, preventing their journey to the