Part 6 – One Hundred Years Later -Ken Nadle Just one hundred years after Daguerre produced the first image, photographs were everywhere – on billboards, in magazines and books and on museum walls. In 1954, there were more than 17,000 professional photography studios in the United States. In this period, the forties and fifties, photographers [...]
Part 5: The New Objectivity – Ken Nadle After World War 1, the crash of 1929 and subsequent depression years, photographers shifted away from pretty, painterly, pictorials towards realistic photography. It is in this period, the 1920’s and 30’s, that many of the photographers we revere today and their iconic images were introduced to the [...]
Part 4: You Press the Button and We Do the Rest -Ken Nadle At the turn of the last century, George Eastman’s Kodak made picture taking available to the masses. Kodak’s slogan was “You Press the Button and We Do the Rest,” a concept not dissimilar to the Program and Auto buttons on today’s cameras. [...]
Part 3: Necessity is the Mother of Invention -Ken Nadle By the 1860’s faster shutter speeds and advances in processing added eyewitness photography to the already popular portraiture, urban landscape and painterly photographs being taken.
-By Ken Nadle Part 2: Rapid Change from the Beginning First photo with people in street- by Louis Daguerre 1838 In photography’s earliest days, circa 1839, the first photographs were captured on thin silver coated copper plates – daguerreotypes. The process became an overnight success in France and spread rapidly to other countries including the [...]
- By Ken Nadle Part 1: The Roots In a conceptual way, the first photographs were the shadows on Plato’s cave wall. About that same time Chinese philosopher Mo-Ti and Greek philosopher Aristotle wrote about the phenomena of the camera obscura (circa 400 BC) where a pin hole let light into a darken room and [...]