Technology & Innovation

An Historical Perspective of the camera

  • 30,000BC camera obscura thought to be used for cave paintings
  • 1826/7 Niepce – earliest survivng fixed photograph
  • 1835 The negative devloped! Henry Fox Talbot
  • 1835-2000 fundamental process of photography remainded the same.
  • 1839 degaurrotype – non duplicating photography -commercial success by Louis Deguarre
  • 1861 First colour photo -james clarke maxwell, 3 projectors of RGB at same point to produce colour
  • 1878 multi exposure, Eadward Muybridgehigh speed photography
  • 1887 Eastman developed kodak celluliod film for both photo and cine use.
  • 1888 box brownie No 1. direct impact on pro photography as the first “point & shoot” camera
  • 1923 strobe /flash photography produced from lab to mainstream by Harold Edgerton
  • 1925 first leica 35mm camera Ernst Leitz & Oskar Barnak
  • 1925 Acetate safety film developed
  • 1936 first SLR camera produced – Ihagee Kine Exakta
  • 1947 Holography invented by Dennis Gabor
  • 1948 Edwin Land first instant camera with polariod
  • 1957 first DIGITISED (not digital) photograph R kersch
  • 1986 first 1mp sensor for digital cameras produced by kodak
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