Sunday, April 21, 2013

Illuminating Photography: From Camera Obscura to Camera Phone

The origins of the cameras we use today were invented in the 19th century. Or were they? A millenia before, Arab scientist Alhazen was using the camera obscura to duplicate images, with Leonardo da Vinci following suit 500 years later and major innovations beginning in the 19th century, when Henry Fox Talbot and Louis Daguerre invented the calotype and daguerreotype, respectively, and began duking it our for photographic supremacy.

The video, which is narrated by photographer Eva Timothy and animated by London Squared Productions, gives a wonderfully concise version of events that is expanded on at TED-Ed’s website. The history of photography according to Timothy goes something like this.

(via PetaPixel)

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