Posts tagged ‘history of photography’

Uploaded my first YouTube video

The video was a class assignment to show my work and add music to the video. This was the first video I put together. It is pretty basic but I got a grade!


Sorry Mr. Jones I’m making up for lost time


What are glass negatives and how do they work from years ago.


Back in the very early days of photography, long before film as we know it was invented, photographs used to be made on glass. In those days photographers often had to make their own glass photographic plates in their own home ‘laboratory’ or darkroom, by coating a light sensitive substance onto a sheet of glass which was then inserted into the back of the camera. Often the plates would be approximately the size of an A4 size sheet of paper, maybe even bigger.
After taking the photo and developing the glass plate, the photographer had to make prints from the glass negative by laying it directly in contact with photo paper under a lamp (called ‘contact’ prints). – David Barry

Photo taken with the pinhole skull-camera

The photos taken with this camera stay with the theme, their blurriness and patina making them look as if they were snatched from the memories of the dead.

Pinhole skull-camera…. anyone?

Check out the photo below. Boing Boing Gadgets has created one from a human skull. Martin Belger created this piece entitled “Third Eye”, all constructed around the 150 year-old skull of a 13 year-old.

Great Article from

David Hurn started on several career paths before settling on documentary photography. Hurn’s early life pointed to sport and to the army. His career path in photography has taken him on many important assignments. His achievements make this article a must read.

Some of his assignments was shooting stills for the film industry. One movie he photographed the stills for was A Hard Days Night.

The first human to have his picture taken

This photo is the first known photograph of a person ever taken. It is a Daguerreotype and the photo was taken by the inventor of the process, Louis Daguerre who experimented for years before discovering the process and announcing it on January 7, 1839. The photograph was taken in 1838 before he announced his discovery. You can see the person standing on the sidewalk on the left side of the photograph.