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The History of Photography: The Inmortal Story

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There is only one way to make people immortal. Photography is the process in which one writes with light. Photographs are permanent images of people or things. Photography wasn't always as easy as a click of a button and there you go. It took an immense amount of work to get to the modern day camera. Photography started from experiments made by people to create new ways to communicate through creating permanency in photographs, making prints of photographs and advancing to the modern day camera. Small ideas grew into large projects. Trial and error evolved into what we have today.
Photographs were permanently created using several techniques from different photographers. Joseph Nicephore Niepce made the first photographic image with a camera obscura. Joseph Nicephore Niepce's heliographs or sun prints as they were called were the prototype for the modern photograph, by letting light draw the picture. Niepce placed an engraving onto a metal plate coated in bitumen, and then exposed it to light. (About.com). Niepce's photograph required eight hours of light exposure to create and after appearing would soon fade away. Together, Niépce and Louis Daguerre refined the bitumen process, using a more sensitive resin and a different post-exposure treatment and more easily viewed images. Exposure times in the camera were still measured in hours. Daguerre developed an easier and more effective method of photography, naming it after himself (the daguerreotype). Daguerre's process put the images onto a sheet of silver-plated copper. He polished the silver and coated it in iodine, creating a surface that was sensitive to light. This process created a lasting image, one that would not change if exposed to light. These photographers helped advan...

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Photography started from people trying to communicate in other ways than words. Photography started from permanency in photographs, photographic prints and advancements in modern day cameras. Without photography we would have no proof of the real events going on in the world. Life would be all based on the word of man, which can easily be misinterpreted. Photography is always advancing with the fastness of the technology in our society.

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